11-game win streak ended by Skippers

Alex Kim, Sports Blogger

The girls’ basketball team lost their 11-game win streak last Friday against the Minnetonka Skippers.

After beating De La Salle Institute (IL) by a score of 97-23 at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School four days before, Hopkins came into the game with confidence and momentum.

However, Minnetonka had a hot streak of their own. Riding a ten-game winning streak, the 13-4 team had, during their streak, been beating teams by an average of 15.7 points, also boasting an undefeated Lake Conference record.

The Royals lost 67-59 even with Ashley Bates and Nia Hollie, seniors, dropping 15 and 29 respectively. Defensively, Hopkins stopped leading Skippers scorer Courtney Fredrickson, but a 21-7 run in the second half proved to be too much for the team.

Minnetonka forward Lizzie Odegard scored 17 points and dominated the glass, as one of the main reasons of defeat was the multiple second chance baskets for the Skippers.

The Royals are now 15-2 and have a 2-1 Lake Conference record.

As of the standings on Jan. 20, Star Tribune had Hopkins ranked as number one and Minnetonka as number six. As of Jan. 27, Hopkins has moved down to second, with Minnetonka moving up to fifth.

The girls have a chance to redeem themselves as they look forward to a home game against Lake Conference rival Wayzata this Friday at 7 p.m.