In the quest for a third straight Class A title, Goodhue has to blend the old with the new.
With a lineup that incorporates three freshmen, it was senior standout Sydney Lodermeier that solidified the top-ranked lineup in a 52-39 victory against River Falls in the Red Wing tip-off tournament on Friday.
The best way for Goodhue to mix youngsters on a team with deep postseason aspirations?
"We talk about simple ball skills because varsity is faster than they realize," said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. "They just have to get comfortable as the season goes. Just be strong with the ball and get better as the season goes on."
Early on Friday, it was Sydney dominating both ends of the ball as she scored 15 of Goodhue's first 20 points for a 20-8 lead at the 12-minute, 6-second mark of the first half. Sydney led all scorers with 24 points to go with nine rebounds and five steals.
"Between her and Lexie (Lodermeier), we have to use our size and establish the inside," Wieme said. "Syd had a monster game for us on both ends."
The defense did the rest, letting Goodhue get a 36-19 halftime lead and never letting River Falls get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Lexie had six of her nine points in the first half to go with six rebounds. Emily Benrud added eight points and five rebounds, and freshman starter Arianna Thomforde came up with five points and three steals.
River Falls had two players — Kylie Strop (13) and Bailey Reardon (12) — finish with double-digit points.
Goodhue (1-0) will face Red Wing in the tournament championship at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday.