It's a heavy workload at the start of practices for the Hopkins girls basketball team. Coach Brian Cosgriff and his staff demand a lot, and the players know that it will make them better in the long run.
The Royals advanced to the state Class AAAA championship game last season before losing to hot-shooting Elk River. Hopkins has most of that team back, including one of the state's best players, guard Paige Bueckers.
Bueckers is sidelined by an ankle injury at the start of practice. By season's end, Hopkins is likely to be a team that will contend for a championship.
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November 15, 2017