Posted On: 11/28/19 9:34 AM

It’s always exciting at this time of year to see the fresh faces who step into the varsity lineup and immediately make their presence felt, and we saw a lot of them at the Breakdown Tipoff Classic last weekend in the Hopkins Lindbergh Center. We already told you about the debut of Wayzata freshman Brynn Senden in this year’s first Week That Was wrap-up. Her fellow Wayzata freshman Abby Krzewinski was also solid, as were Eastview freshmen Kylie Smith and Kaitlyn Schaefer, and Minnetonka 8th grader Emma Dasovich.

All of their debut performances were not unexpected. We know their names, we’ve seen them play and we are anticipating big things from all of them, both now and in the future. What we didn’t expect was to see 8th grade guard Kiya Hegdahl in the starting lineup for the Orioles of St. Louis Park. Neither did St. Louis Park coach Arsenio Richardson, but the absence of veteran JoJo Sheffield and an injury to junior Faith Johnson opened the door for Hegdahl. Richardson said Kiya had been very good in practice last week and deserved the opportunity to show what she could do on the big stage.

Turns out Hegdahl was up

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