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Posted On: 08/20/18 6:39 AM

When all-everything point guard Paige Bueckers departed for Europe in July to pursue a U16 world championship with Team USA, not many observers believed that North Tartan 2020 EYBL would make a serious run at a Nike national championship. There were plenty of built-in excuses and many other squads from around the country with the capability to get the job done. But Tara Starks’ team has never been about excuses. Led by Lauren Jensen of Lakeville North, North Tartan did capture that national championship. For that, and so many other accomplishments throughout the summer season, we have selected North Tartan 2020 EYBL as the Prep Girls Hoops Minnesota AAU Team of the Year.

“I think a lot of people didn’t think we could win Nike Nationals without Paige,” Jensen said. “Obviously losing a player like Paige will impact a team, but honestly it didn’t really change that much for us. We were just going to do what we were going to do and play how we play. For myself I knew that I had to step up. I knew that I would be playing the 1 and be playing more and taking more of

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