Last season Andover upset St. Francis in the Section 7AAAA semifinal before winning its fourth section title in program history.
Blaine led top-seed St. Francis early in the Section 7AAAA semifinal but a combination of making shots under pressure and generating turnovers at the right time helped the Saints earn a 68-54 win and a spot in the finals.
No. 2 ranked Hopkins (Class AAAA) came to St. Francis for a match-up among two of the top programs in the state Jan. 11.
This season’s basketball Cinderella Story might be reserved for the No. 4 seeded Andover boys’ basketball team which knocked off top-seed St. Francis 76-58 in the Section 7AAAA semifinals March 11.
Boys’ basketball can be a strange game, just ask St. Francis coach Ryan Hauge.
Since an 11-0 start to the season, the Fighting Saints can’t shake losses, going 0-6. The latest was a 73-67 defeat at Spring Lake Park in a North Suburban Conference contest Jan. 29.
For the first time this season St. Francis walked off a basketball court with a loss as Robbinsdale Copper (8-5, 3-0) won the highly-anticipated North Suburban Conference contest in St. Francis 85-68 Jan. 10.