Eagle basketball teams learn valuable lessons

Eden Prairie’s boys and girls basketball teams had a chance to match their skills against the best squads in the state Jan. 26 at DeLaSalle High School. Unfortunately, the Eagle squads were swept in a boys/girls basketball doubleheader with the Islanders.
Eden Prairie’s teams learned valuable lessons from those defeats to DeLaSalle squads that are favored to win state Class 3A titles in March.
DeLaSalle (No. 1, 3A) defeated Eden Prairie (No. 5, 4A) 77-60 in the boys portion of the prep basketball doubleheader.
The Islanders’ final margin of victory was somewhat deceiving because the Eagles trailed by only two points with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
“DeLaSalle is the best boys basketball team in the state among all four classes,” said Eden Prairie head coach David Flom. “DeLaSalle has three Division I and II recruits and plays great defense.
“However, we stayed with DeLasalle until they went on a run in the final eight minutes. I liked our team’s intensity and toughness in that game. Our performance showed we can be competitive against any team in the state.”
Four Eden Prairie players scored in double figures during the loss. Eagle leading scorers were Grant Shaeffer (19), Jack Cottrell (12), Anthony Anderson (11) and Andre Wallace (11).
Eden Prairie (12-3) celebrated a win earlier in the week after defeating Owatonna 66-49 Jan. 22.
Wallace scored a team-high 23 points and Shaeffer contributed 17 points. Cottrell finished with six points.
“We defended well against Owatonna,” said Flom, “It was a grind-it-out type of game for us.
“Wallace and Shaeffer shot well while leading us in scoring.”
Eden Prairie will play host to Hopkins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, before meeting Manitowoc Roncalli (Wis.) at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, as part of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Border Battle at Prior Lake High School.
Girls post 14-4 record
Eden Prairie’s girls basketball team had a 12-game winning streak snapped last week. The Eagles (14-4) lost two of three games.
Eden Prairie, ranked seventh in 4A, lost 78-57 to DeLaSalle (No. 1, 3A) last Saturday as part of the basketball doubleheader.
Samantha Trammel topped the Eagle scoring chart with 17 points. Caymah Dennis netted 10 points and Jayla Mayes-Jackson had eight points. Cassy Saxton and Annie Thul scored six and five points respectively.
Wayzata edged Eden Prairie 65-63 Jan. 25. Martha Kuderer led the Eagles with 16 points. Mayes-Jackson and Trammel were also in double figures with 15 and 14 points each. Thul finished with seven points.
The week started out with a win as the Eagles defeated Coon Rapids 70-61 Jan. 22. Trammel had a productive game scoring 22 points. Mayes-Jackson provided 15 points and Saxton finished with 11 points. Thul had eight points.
Eden Prairie will attempt to start another winning streak this week. The Eagles travel to Hopkins for a 7 p.m. game Friday, Feb. 1. Eden Prairie remains on the road to play Edina at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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