Posted On: 06/24/19 10:43 PM

At times it was like ballet, at others more like roller derby, but it was entertaining throughout Sunday afternoon as the defending state AAAA champions from Hopkins faced off with AAA contenders St. Paul Como Park. Don’t tell the participants that this was a meaningless exhibition in June because not one of them treated it that way in the Breakdown Summer Series game played at St. Michael-Albertville. Hopkins earned a 44-34 win, but not before Como Park put up a heckuva fight.

On a day when most of the 16 varsity teams in attendance were making do without many of their top performers, Hopkins and Como showed up with most of their firepower intact. Yes, the Royals were without Paige Bueckers, who was resting in preparation for her upcoming stint with Team USA, but Como arrived with pretty much everyone. They also brought along a healthy dose of spit and vinegar, making it clear from the opening tip that they were there for a fight. It was a terrific show.

Of course it was a lot different from a normal high school game. Rather than the usual 36 minutes of play, this encounter was comprised of two 20-minute running time

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