No. 3 Hayfield takes Vikings, 70-60
Hayfield, ranked No. 3 in Class A, came to Minneota Friday night and took a 70-60 win to give the Vikings their first loss of the year.
They are now 2-1.
It was a battle of the "Vikings" — with both teams named Vikings, both the same colors and both with the same logo.
Hayfield, playing its first game of the year with five seniors and the rest juniors, jumped off from an 8-8 tie, scored 10 straight points for an 18-8 lead and were never headed.
"This was a good game to have," said Minneota Coach Chad Johnston. "They're a good team and they deserve to be ranked No. 3 in the state," he said.
"They switched defenses on us and we had no answer for it," said the coach.
"Our offense was very 'vanilla,' and they ran man-to-man, 1-2-2 and 1-3-1 defenses on us and kept switching it around."
The coach added, "They did a nice job of running it and executing it."
Minneota had a lot of trouble shooting against Hayfield and an even tougher time getting the ball inside to Lydia Sussner, who was held to 10 points and eight rebounds against the taller Maggie Streightiff and Oliva Matti.
The two Hayfield Vikings scored 16 and 18 points against Minneota's defense.
Minneota was led by Morgan Kockelman, who scored 16 points behind seven of eight free throws. Morgan Hennen had 11 and Abby Hennen 12.
Minneota tried to catch up laste the game and got within 63-56 — but Hayfield re-group and again increased their lead, to win by 10.
"They're better into their offense than we are," said Coach Johnston. "But we played with them and that's a good thing. The girls fought to the end. I love the effort."