With Eastview taking its first lead when Madison Guebert hit a layup with 48 seconds remaining in the game, top-seeded Eastview Lightning (31-1) stunned Bloomington Kennedy (25-7) 64-61 to take the Minnesota State High School League 4A Championship.
Eastview found itself down most of the game with Kennedy jumping out to an early 16-6 lead and 37-32 lead at half time but Eastview kept their poise, patience, and persistence and used a used 10-0 run in the final 2 minutes, 15 seconds to secure the championship.
Guebert finished the game 10-16 from the field and 5-6 from the line for 29 points. Kari Opatz (13 points) went 3-6 from the arc and added two free throws with 18.2 seconds left to put Eastview ahead by 3. Emee Udo and Hana Metoxen (11 points) were a combined 9-10 from the line and lead in rebounds with 7 each. Udo scored all six of her points after halftime and ignited the game’s definitive run with four consecutive points. Metoxen hit 2 huge free throws with one minute to play to put Eastview within one point. Megan Boehm was 2-4 from the field for 4 points, including a beautiful spin move to the hoop. Erika Schlosser delivered a key driving layup at the end of the first half to put momentum on the Lightning side, as well as a key defensive tip to cause an Eagle turnover with less than one minute to play. Rachel Ranke came off the bench in the second half, driving strong to the hoop to force a foul and free throw.
Together We Can become 2014 MSHSL State 4A Champions!
Thank you to our seniors for all of your hard work throughout the years. We will miss Kari Opatz’ sharp shooting, Emee Udo’s free throw accuracy, and Megan Boehm’s half-court-chicken-winning shot.
All-tournament team: Eden Prairie — Emma Boehm, Jayla Mayes-Jackson. Lakeville North — MacKenzie Denk, Temi Carda. Eastview — Hana Metoxen, Madi Guebert, Kari Opatz. Bloomington Kennedy — Kenisha Bell, Tonoia Wade, Lashayla Wright-Ponder.
Photo: Pioneer Press, Ben Garvin