West Salem (Wis.) vs. Waseca
At Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul
12:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7
The last time West Salem faced a team from Minnesota, the Panthers left licking their wounds from a 66-33 loss to East Ridge in the Midwest Players Classic showcase on Jan. 17.
Waseca might not have the talent and depth as Class 4A power East Ridge, but the Class 2A Bluejays are formidable with a great mixture of offense and defense. Waseca (18-2) averages 68.9 points per game while allowing just 45.
The Bluejays' offense can be explosive. Waseca scored 61 first-half points en route to a 89-48 pounding of Blue Earth Area on Jan. 29. Senior guards Shane Streich and Isaac Highum, and junior Nick Dufault combined to score 50 first-half points and finished with a combined 61 in the victory.