Posted On: 02/8/21 10:54 AM


The favorite: There won’t be a bigger favorite in any district or substate than North Linn is in this district. The Lynx are the top-ranked team in 1A, cruising to a 19-0 record as of time of writing, with an average margin of victory of 46 points a game. Paced by junior lead guard Austin Hilmer Austin Hilmer 5'11" | PG North Linn | 2022 State IA (19.5, 8.5 assists, 4.2 steals), the Lynx have 1A’s highest-scoring offense at 81.6 points a game. Sophomore wing Tate Haughenbury (16.0), junior guard Dylan Kurt Dylan Kurt 6'3" | SF North Linn | 2022 State IA (15.1), and junior wing Cade Haughenbury Cade Haughenbury 6'2" | SF North Linn | 2022 State IA (10.2) give the Lynx a quartet of double-figure scorers, and Ben Wheatley (9.8) is another capable scoring threat. This group, in large part because of Hilmer, does a great job sharing the basketball, dishing 20.5 assists a game, and they thrive on creating chaos on the defensive end of the floor. If you can’t protect the ball, you have no chance at beating this group because they turn defense into offense in the blink of an eye.

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