By Gary Knox - July 03, 2011 - updated July 09, 2011
SIOUX FALLS, SD. -- * Hopkins Royals 55, Omaha Sparks 46: The Royals came back from a seven point deficit with just under four minutes remaining to get the victory. Sydney Coffey was the big story, breaking a tournament record in South Dakota. The Royals forward averaged 14 points during the tournament and broke the record for most free throws made (45). In six games, S. Coffey made 46 free throws. She also scored 80 total points and was the leading scorer for Hopkins. Her tournament game high was 19 points in the championship game and 17 points in the semi-finals.
In Hopkins' comeback, S. Coffey was 8-8 at the charity stripe. Caitlin Duffy, Dakota Heat, was the leading individual scorer in the tournament with 107 points. Nia Coffey, younger sister of Sydney Coffey, also put her stamp on the tournament. N. Coffey finished with a double-double, 23 points and 18 rebounds (Tourney MVP) in the championship game. Hopkins junior guard Taylor Anderson took over the game down the stretch. Anderson's penetration led to scoring opportunities for the Royals. Anderson chipped in with six big points, and teammate Mikaala Shackelford added six points. The Omaha Sparks had three D1 players on their roster: Bri Rollerson 13 points, Brianna Craig 10 points and Jayla Hobza 14 points. Two of them have committed to Tennessee and Kansas. The other is undecided. >>> results