Posted On: 01/14/18 10:15 PM

In the world of Minnesota girl's basketball, the Waseca Bluejays are a rising star fresh off their first state tournament appearance with a pair of terrific young talents at the helm. The Hutchinson Tigers, on the other hand, are a well-established, highly-respected brand that stands for grit, tenacity and defense with a capital D. That's what made Saturday's neutral court encounter the prime attraction at Hayfield's eight-game extravaganza. In the end it wasn't pretty, but it was entertaining, as Hutchinson captured the defensive tug-of-war by a score of 47-45. "You learn when you play the best teams," said Waseca coach Joan Conway. "When you play a game against a team like Hutchinson then you truly know where you are at. This makes it really clear for us now what we need to do better."

One of the game's main attractions was the youth vs experience showdown between Waseca's rising star – 2020 point guard Gus Boyer – and Hutchinson's veteran leader Kenzie Rensch, a senior who has a long-established reputation as one of the state's best defenders. It did not disappoint. Boyer is top 45 in the sophomore class and rising. Now 5-foot-10, she is a highly-skilled floor leader who

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