Posted On: 02/9/20 11:16 PM

ST. PAUL-- We were in attendance for the non-conference battle between the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears (12-11) of the Iron Range Conference and the Mounds Park Panthers (8-9). This was a game that I wanted to attend for an 11 AM tipoff as it would be the second IMAC team I've watched this year and also my second from the Iron Range Conference, which is a tough feat despite the proximity of where I live. Here are my five takeaways from my morning matchup in St. Paul.

The Youth and Raw Talent of Mounds Park Academy

Being my first rodeo watching both of these teams, it wasn't a matchup I attended to scout out a certain player. I got my program and was in total shock at how young the Panthers are and how much they rely on those young players. Their lineup consists of Norah Pederson (2024)-averaging 7.5 ppg as an 8th grader, Kaija Kunze-Hoeg (2022)-Top scorer for the Panthers this season at just over 10+ per game, and Audrey Jakway (2023)-second leading scorer on the Panthers. Of course with this being said, this year may look a little rough on the Panthers with all that youth in their starting lineup, but

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