Minneapolis City Conference race heating up

: Courtesy U of St. Thomas Jade Hill

Don’t look now, but the Minneapolis City Conference girls’ basketball race has become competitive. South (7-1), North (6-1), Southwest (6-2) and Washburn (4-3) are all in contention for the city championship as the conference enters is second round of competition.

South is led by the dynamic sister duo of Jade Hill and Angel Hill. Alex McNeill and Gianna Johnson leadNorth. Southwest has gotten outstanding play from Virginia Johnson and Jhanae Green. Amaya Penn and Madalyn Blaylark are Washburn’s leading scorers.

How did this race develop? Check this out!

Thursday, January 21

Southwest defeated Washburn 67-47, giving the Millers their first conference loss.

Tuesday, January 26

South gave North its only conference setback with a 72-37 victory.

Tuesday, February 2

Washburn experienced its second conference defeat, losing 49-48 to North.

Friday, February 5

Washburn defeated South 59-58 for the Tigers’ first conference loss. North scored a 63-58 win over Southwest, giving the Lakers their first conference defeat.

Thursday, February 11

South handed Southwest its second conference loss of the season with a 49-32 victory.

Friday, February 19

Southwest gave Washburn its third conference loss, defeating the Millers 44-34.

It has been quite the season so far, and the second round of the conference should prove interesting. Here are the key matchups:

Friday, February 19: Washburn at South

Friday, February 26: South at North

Thursday, March 4: Southwest at South

Monday, March 8: North at Southwest

Thursday, March 11: North at Washburn

(Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald/MSR News) Jade Hill

Jade Hill one of the best

Hill is likely to be named the Minneapolis City Conference Player of the Year. She was the 2019 winner of the award and is averaging 33 points per game this season.

The 5’8” guard had a season-high 52 in a victory over Roosevelt. The senior has already committed to continue her collegiate athletic and academic career at the University of St. Thomas.

Simply put, Hill is among the best players in the state.