Lauren Betts set to put a bow on high school basketball legacy

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In high school basketball, scores are settled on the weekend.

Once the final class bell rings on Friday afternoon, all attention turns to that weekend’s slate of games. Rivalries are decided. Breakout stars are born. Hearts are broken.

As teams prepare for the home stretch of their seasons, we decided to take a look at three storylines fans need to watch for this weekend, from teams across the country.

Lauren Betts prepares for swan song after special home finale

Lauren Betts, the nation’s No. 1 recruit and a Stanford commit, has three games remaining in her Grandview High School (Aurora, Colo.) career, but on Tuesday, in her final home game, she left the Wolves’ fans with a performance to remember.

Betts led Grandview to a 74-55 win over Arapahoe (Centennial, Colo.), but not before treating the crowd to a choreographed dance performance with her fellow seniors to the tune of Beyonce’s “Love on Top.”

As impressive as Betts’ dance moves were, her legacy at Grandview will be on the court. The 6-foot-7 Betts won 2021 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year honors as a junior, averaging 17.5 points per game and 11 rebounds per game, and has followed it up with a senior season that’s validated all of her recognition.

On Saturday, she begins her final tour as a high school phenom, when Grandview challenges conference foe Smoky Hill (Aurora, Colo.) on the road. The Wolves then finish out the regular season with games at Arapahoe and Overland (Aurora, Colo.).

New Jersey powers face off

No. 5 Saint John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) turned heads last weekend when it disposed of then-undefeated Saddle River Day (Saddle River, N.J.), 76-51. Two days later, the Lancers earned a 47-point win over lowly Red Bank Regional (Little Silver, N.J.). At 18-0, the program is sitting in a class of its own in New Jersey.

That could all come crashing down Sunday, however, when the Lancers play Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.) in a neutral site affair. The Argonauts, winners of 15 in a row, enter the game with a 16-1 record.

Saint John Vianney, led by guard Madison St. Rose, a four-star recruit per ESPN and a Princeton commit, wraps up the regular season next weekend against top-ranked Sidwell Friends, and will want to enter that bout still undefeated. First, it needs to take care of business against Red Bank Regional.

Blackman looks to push winning streak to 40 games

The Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Blaze are the class of 4A District 7, and have been for some time. The team has won 39 games in a row, dating back to last season, and will aim to keep the streak going as it begins the state tournament. Last season, Blackman won its third state championship in school history.

Blackman (20-0) plays at Riverdale (6-14) in a game that is not expected to be a competitive contest. The Blaze are led by junior Emily Monson (11.6 points per game), a Purdue commit, and sophomore Kaelyn Flowers (10 points per game).

Josh Needelman is the High School Sports Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman.