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Hakes leads All-Star team to victory

Woodbury basketball standout Rachel Hakes poses with her large group of fans as she competed in an All-Star game Saturday in Northfield. Submitted photo

Woodbury High School basketball star Rachel Hakes led her team to a come-from-behind win Saturday, April 7, at Carleton College in Northfield.

Hakes scored 16 points to lead the White team to a win over the Blue squad in one of two games in the inaugural Minnesota Girls Basketball All-Star Game.

About 40 of the state's top seniors were named to the four All-Star teams.

Hakes was her usual self for the White team, running the offense, playing tenacious defense and hitting the floor for loose balls more than anyone else.

After trailing by 13 points, the White team rallied in the last four minutes to earn a hard-fought 74-70 win. Hakes made four critical free throws in the last 80 seconds to seal the victory.

Ten players from each of the four MSHSL classes were selected by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association to play in the game. The all-star coaches then drafted teams made up of players from all four school classes. The teams practiced Friday afternoon, then attended a Friday-night banquet where the Miss Minnesota winner was announced (Megan Walstad of undefeated Class AAAA champion Eastview).

After a Saturday-morning practice, two games were played Saturday afternoon. Hakes played in the second, and more competitive game.

Hakes will be attending Fairfield University in Connecticut, and playing basketball next winter.

A replay if the game can be seen here: