Associated Press, Published March 18 2012
Hopkins wins title: No. 1 Royals get past OsseoMINNEAPOLIS – With Sydney Coffey approaching the final game of her high school career, the Hopkins Royals made sure to take care of their crying before the Class 4A title game.
For most of the second half of their romp over Osseo, it was all smiles.
Sydney and sister Nia Coffey each scored 15 points as top-ranked Hopkins cruised to its second straight 4A state championship with a 77-55 win against the Orioles on Saturday night.
“We did all the crying and stuff before the game,” Sydney Coffey said as her teammates cut down the nets at Target Center. “It’s a great feeling. I’m so glad that me and my sister got a chance to play and win the state championship together.”
As for her younger sister, the pressure’s already on for next year, considering how dominant the Royals were this season. Their lone loss came February 21, a 66-58 loss to Wayzata.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure,” Nia Coffey said. “People expect me to three-peat so I’m going to have to work very hard to make that happen.”
For now, though, the Royals will just savor this one. The victory gives Hopkins its fourth girls’ state 4A championship since 2004.
“Let’s just enjoy this one, you know what I mean,” Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff said.
Allina Starr led DeLaSalle with 24 points and Tyseanna Johnson added 16 as the Islanders beat Richfield 65-45 on Saturday to win their second straight Class 3A state title.
Bryann Guyton scored 15 points to lead the Spartans, who were making their first-ever state tournament appearance. But the Islanders (28-3) held Jessica January, Richfield’s leading scorer who had 44 points in the Spartans’ first two tournament games, to 12 points on 3-for-16 shooting.
The Spartans (27-5) led 12-10 midway through the first half before DeLaSalle went on a 20-6 run.
Providence Academy 46,
Sauk Centre 40
AnnMarie Healy scored 18 points and made three key baskets down the stretch to lead Providence Academy to a 46-40 win over Sauk Centre in the Class 2A girls’ basketball state championship game Saturday.
Healy also grabbed a pair of rebounds off missed free throws in the final two minutes as the Lions (28-4) won the program’s first state title.n the state tournament.
Maranatha Academy 49,
Mountain Iron-Buhl 37
Alexis Long scored 15 points to lead Maranatha Christian to its second straight 1A girls’ basketball state title Saturday, a 49-37 win over Mountain Iron-Buhl at the Target Center.
Maranatha (28-5) closed the game with a 12-2 run after Mountain Iron-Buhl wiped out an 11-point deficit and took a 29-28 lead early in the second half. The Mustangs’ lead was 37-35 when Long started the run with a 3-point basket.