Created: 12/26/2013 7:42 PM KSTP.com
By: Northstar Girls Hoops
The previously #1-rated Hopkins Royals, losers of two straight home games, crushed previously unbeaten Centennial 72-38 Thursday night. “We knew they would come out strong,” Cougars coach Greg Amundson said afterward. “They weren’t going to lose three straight.”
Hopkins did it primarily on the offensive boards, getting 18 in the first half alone and 23 in total for 23 second chance points. Senior forward Molly O’Toole set the tone with seven offensive rebounds good for seven points in the first 8 minutes of the game. A pair of O’Toole put-backs made it 13-2 at 12:30, and Centennial never got closer than five.
First half rebounds were Hopkins 29 Centennial 9, and the Royals led on second chance points 17-1. The score at the half was 32-13.
If the Cougars had any thoughts of bouncing back in the second half, they were quickly dispelled as Hopkins made its first eight shots—two each by guards Ashley Bates, Nia Hollie and K’Aezha Wubben—to make it 52-20 at the 13:00 mark. Running time kicked in at 62-25 at 8:00.
“We weren’t mentally ready,” Amundson added. “We didn’t take care of the ball. We’re not used to that kind of physicality. Our big kids are 5-10, theirs are 6-2.”
“We played well,” Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff deadpanned. “We wanted to get to the offensive board.” But mostly his team wanted to put the last two games behind them. “We’ve moved on,” Cosgriff said.
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