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Shakopee controls play to beat Lakeville North

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 01/21/22, 6:00PM CST


The Sabers held the Panthers to 18 points in the first half en route to victory.

Cade McGraw led his Shakopee Sabres to another win, this time over Lakeville North, Friday night at Shakopee High School. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

They say talk is cheap, but not to the Shakopee Sabers.

If they were going to come out on top of Friday’s Class 4A top-five matchup, they were going to need to be chatty.

Lakeville North boasts a pair of young Division-I prospects, but the veteran experience and connectedness of Shakopee helped it win wire-to-wire, 68-56, and climb into a share of first place in the South Suburban Conference.

“Really good communication game for us,” said senior guard Cade McGraw, who led the team with 16 points. “We were all talking the entire time, energy was great. Good pressure. Really just did our job.”

Shakopee's Nick Katona reached double digits in points Friday and played some solid defense against visiting Lakeville North Friday night. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

Shakopee leads the South Suburban Conference and currently owns the tiebreaker after a resounding win. 

The Sabers played host on Friday and downed Lakeville North 68-56.

The Sabers (12-1, 5-1) ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, controlled the game from the start and built a 35-18 halftime lead on the No. 4-4A Panthers (10-3, 5-1).

Senior Cade McGraw led Shakopee with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by senior backcourt mate, Yonis Mohamud, with 11 and 10 for senior forwards Nick Katona and Sam West. West’s points all came in the second half with Mohamud having eight in the frame.

Sophomore guard Jack Robison led Lakeville North with 16 points, followed by 13 for junior forward Nolan Winter.

The Panthers opened the second half strong, but could never cut the deficit closer than nine.

Jack Robinson (11) led the Panthers with 16 points in a loss to the Sabers in Shakopee Jan 21. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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