Posted On: 11/24/19 5:42 PM
The excitement surrounding the Breakdown Tipoff Classic this weekend was palpable. The gym was buzzing with energy, the players were fired up to start the season, and there were some really great match-ups between highly-ranked squads. Still, it was the first live performance of the 2019-20 campaign for almost all of the teams so my personal expectations for the quality of play were really pretty low. Ultimately the product on the floor was much better than anticipated and it was a ton of fun to watch.
You won’t see many games more entertaining than Park Center’s buzzer-beater win over St. Michael-Albertville on Friday night, Saturday’s Eden Prairie comeback victory over Maple Grove or Minnehaha Academy’s dramatic three-overtime defeat of mighty Sauk Centre. We also saw some tremendous individual performances beginning with Friday night’s ‘Oh wow! Did you see that move?’ double feature delivered by Park Center’s Adalia McKenzie and Wayzata’s Jenna Johnson.
Given that McKenzie and Johnson are the #1 and #2-rated players respectively in the Prep Girls Hoops Class of 2021 it should not surprise us that these two power-conference prospects would put on the kind of show we saw from them this weekend. They weren’t the only ones