Lightning scorches basketball opponents

EV girls have won five in row after their only loss

Instead of sending them into a funk, it appears that a loss has inspired Eastview’s girls basketball players.

Since losing at Bloomington Kennedy Jan. 2 – the only defeat of the season for the No. 3-ranked Lightning – the team has won five in a row, all by at least 19 points.

Eastview, 16-1 overall, routed Bloomington Jefferson 80-31 on Tuesday night behind 31 points from senior forward Tyra Johnson, who made five of her seven three-point attempts. She also had five rebounds.

Sophomore guard Madison Guebert added 18 points. Sophomore forward Hana Metoxen had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

It was the sixth time this season Eastview has held an opponent under 40 points. The Lightning improved to 8-1 in the South Suburban Conference, one game behind Kennedy.

The Lightning had a week without a game since beating Lakeville South 75-46 on Jan. 15. Guebert (24 points), Johnson (22) and Metoxen (15) combined for 61 points.

For those wondering about an Eastview-Kennedy rematch, it’s scheduled Feb. 15 at Eastview. The Lightning’s next game is 7 p.m. Friday at home against Eagan. Eastview goes to Burnsville for another South Suburban Conference game at 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball team’s three-game winning streak ended with a 43-37 loss at Bloomington Jefferson Tuesday. Eastview dropped to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the South Suburban Conference.

Sophomore guard Drew Guebert scored 15 points for the Lightning. Jefferson was able to hold Eastview center Ben Oberfeld to four points. Oberfeld went into the game averaging more than 15 points. Oberfeld had 25 in the Lightning’s previous conference game, a 60-56 victory over Lakeville South on Jan. 15.

Eastview played host to Bloomington Kennedy on Thursday and will go to Eagan at 7 p.m. Friday.

Girls hockey

Eastview took a three-game unbeaten streak into its South Suburban Conference game with league-leading Lakeville North on Thursday.

The Lightning, 8-11-2 overall, shut out Prior Lake 5-0 on Jan. 17 as goalie Kaitlyn Pellicci made nine saves. Liz Palmi and Natalie Snodgrass scored two goals each.

Eastview plays at Burnsville at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Boys hockey

Eastview couldn’t pick up a victory against Lakeville North on Tuesday night, but a 2-2 tie extended the Lightning’s unbeaten streak to four games. The team has gone 7-1-1 in its last nine games to improve to 11-6-1 overall.

The Lightning will play at Burnsville at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Blaze is second in the South Suburban Conference behind Eagan and is ranked 10th in Class AA.

Eastview was fifth in the South Suburban at 5-4-1 after tying Lakeville North on Tuesday. Kevin Wobschall and Ryan McNamara scored for the Lightning, and goalie Zach Driscoll made 30 saves.