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LIVE BLOG REPLAY: Lakeville North Girls Basketball Loses to Hopkins

Patch hosted a live blog of the Panthers' quarterfinal game versus Hopkins this morning.

hosted a live blog of the girls basketball quarterfinal game versus Hopkins at the state tournament today.

North lost, 51-29.

Lakeville North, which won the state title just three seasons ago, and finished third last year, returns for its fourth overall and third consecutive tournament appearance.

Junior Taylor Stewart, who has over 800 career points and 300 career assists, averages 13.1 points per game. Senior McKenzie Hoelmenn, averaging 6.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, will attend Northern Illinois next year.

Meanwhile, the defending champions from Hopkins return for their second consecutive and seventh overall appearance. In addition to last year, they also won titles in 2004 and 2006. The Hopkins’ defense forces opponents into 27.4 turnovers per game and the Royals also average 17.1 steals per game. Junior Nia Coffey leads the Royals in both points (16.4) and rebounds (9.4) per game. Coffey’s older sister, senior Sydney, will play for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, next season and senior Gracia Hutson will play for the University of Vermont.

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