Posted On: 06/19/19 12:09 PM
It was probably the loudest, most intense, most hotly-contested 9th place game ever. It was North Tartan 2020 EYBL vs Metro Stars 2020 Starks, round 3. It was also the final game in the storied AAU career of Paige Bueckers, and it was not to be missed. While the so-called ‘big games’ at North Tartan’s Summer Jam were being played a few miles away, the 12:40 p.m. encounter upstairs at Bloomington Kennedy was really the place to be on Sunday. In the end, the final round of this short-lived but highly-memorable rivalry turned out to be every bit as exciting as the previous two games.
To begin with, the gym was packed. The atmosphere was a little tense, too, as an over-abundance of spectators jockeyed somewhat aggressively for a precious seat on the sidelines. The intensity on and off the court continued throughout the game as North Tartan’s Maty Wilke (Beaver Dam, Wisc.) took her assignment seriously, which was to be a thorn in Bueckers’ side in every which way she could. Was it physical? It was physical, and Wilke did her job very,