1/16/2014 4:02:00 PM CL drops first conference game Sam Forslund, CL's senior point guard and leader, is out for the year with a torn ACL
Rogers 67, Chisago Lakes 58 The Wildcats girls basketball team suffered two big losses last week despite only playing in one game. Their first loss came at practice in preparation for their game against Rogers. Senior guard Sam Forslund, who had been a key part of the Wildcats’ early success, was attempting to comeback from an early-season LCL injury. Forslund’s doctor cleared her to resume playing basketball, but she reinjured the knee in practice, tearing her ACL. The injury will sideline Forslund for the rest of the year.
“We've played three games without Sam, hoping to get her back early this month,” Head Coach Craig Walker said. “Now we will need to move on which creates opportunity for other players to step up and fill Sam's void.” Forslund was averagin nine points and six assists per game at the time of her injury against Orono. In the second loss of the week for the Wildcats, they fell to Rogers in their inagural Mississippi 8 game. Chisago Lakes grabbed the early lead behind Bryanna Fernstrom. The senior scored 12 of the CL’s first 14 points and Rogers was left in the dust of Fernstrom’s skills.
On the defensive end, Fernstrom did a very good job locking up Rogers’ star post player Lindsay Dorr, but Rogers has multiple options that can score buckets. “We were anticipating a duel in the post as the Royals also have a quality post player in senior Lindsay Dorr,” Walker explained. “Bry is an impressive offensive player, but what many people may not recognize is her defensive abilities.” After Fernstrom’s intial flurry, the Royals moved to a zone that doubled her and dared CL’s perimeter players to beat them. It’s a spot that Forslund previously flourished in, but some of the current guards are still getting used to. “We need to make adjustments with how to deal wtih the zone,” Walker said. “We need to still get the ball into Bry, but also have our perimeter players contribute. That is where we're currently struggling.”
After going into halftime at 29-29, the two squads stayed even throughout most of the second half. Rogers started to pull away with a few open threes, but the ‘Cats came back with a full court press and some easy steals. The nail in the coffin was missed free throws. The Wildcats missed five of their last 11 free throws, and that opened up the door for Rogers to pull away a bit. The Royals, on the other hand, made good on their free throw opportunities, going five-of-six down the stretch to pull away. “We know our new conference will be much tougher than the North Suburban and tonight's game is an example,” Walker said. “Rogers is a competitive 4A school with multiple scoring options. There aren't very many 3A schools that have teams with multiple weapons like many of the 4A M8C schools. We are, however, focused on improving as a team and using these games to prepare us for Section play.”