Prior Lake Girls Hoops Carries Momentum to State After Section Final Rally

March 13, 2018 05:43 PM

It's fitting Prior Lake's barely-over-five-foot floor general McKenna Hofschild led the metro in girls basketball scoring this season.  She and the Lakers have done nothing but prove doubters wrong this season.

They don't intend to stop now that they've made the State Tournament.


Click the video box on this page to hear Prior Lake's McKenna Hofschild, Lexi Wiskow and head coach Mike Gidley discuss the Lakers' thrilling Section Final win and their expectations for the State Tournament

The Lakers trailed by 23-points early in their Section Final at Minnetonka, but they flipped a switch, used their trademark high-pressure offense and defense, and finished on a 10-run to win 74-71.

Hofschild, a junior who averaged 27.4 points per game this season, scored 42 points - 26 in the second half.

The upset over Minnetonka was the culmination of a season spent growing as a team. The Lakers have obviously outperformed their 13-13 record the last few games. 

It's a result of younger players growth over the course of the season.  Prior Lake only has one senior on the entire roster. Sophomore guard Haidyn Pitsch, 9th-grade center Emily Kulstad and 9th-grade guard Kate Trachsel are 2-3-4 in scoring for the Lakers behind Hofschild

The Lakers' reward for their thrilling Section Final win is a State AAAA Quarterfinal date with undefeated and top-seeded Eastview at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Target Center.

The Class State Quarterfinals will be live streamed via  Semifinals and Finals will air live on 45TV.


Chris Long

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