High School Hoops: Rochester Mayo v. Winona girls

The Winona Senior High School girls basketball team will face a tough challenge when it squares off with Big Nine opponent Rochester Mayo on Tuesday.

Winona (2-0, 1-0), ranked No. 9 in Class AAA, have won its first two games by an average margin of 20.5 points, with Hallee Hoeppner (23) an Eden Nibbelink (21) each eclipsing the 20-point plateau in a 82-56 win over Chisago Lakes on December 5.

Hoeppner averages 22.5 points per game to go along with seven rebounds per, and has been lights out from 3-point range through two games, knocking down 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Jayne Emerson has also been on fire early, scoring 13.5 per game and leads the team with 3.5 assists each time out.

Nibbelink has averaged 13 points and five rebounds early, while Danneka Voegeli (7) and Abby Winter (6) are accounting for 13 rebounds per down low.

Rochester Mayo (3-0, 1-0), ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, will enter the game with four players scoring in double digits for the young season. Anna Winter and Olivia Korngable average 15.7 and 15.3 points per game, respectively, while Courtney Hruska has added 11 per through three contests. Lexie Riley scored 15 in the one game she has played for the Spartans.

Hruska always paves the way in the paint with six rebounds per game, while Winter and Grace Riley have both accounted for five boards apiece for Mayo.

The Spartans opened the season with a 52-22 win over Farmington, and have since downed Austin (60-46) and Minnetonka (49-45).

Winona finished third in the Big Nine a year ago, behind second place Rochester Mayo, and were swept by the Spartans in two games by an average of 17.5 points.

Pregame gets underway at 7:15 with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. only on TV 25!

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