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October 16, 2018

12/22/2017 2:10:00 PM
Lady Vikes having a tough time staying healthy, drop their third straight

Rush City 60, North Branch 42
Still playing at less than full strength because of injures, the North Branch girls basketball team struggled in a 60-42 loss hosting the Rush City Tigers on Tuesday, December 12.

The game was close after the first half, as North Branch stayed in the game by hitting five of their seven three point shots, including two from Cianna Selbitschka who recently returned from injuries.
But, in the second half, the long distance shots dried up, as North Branch went 0-for-3 from beyond the arc and Rush City pulled away. 

They used a steady combination of Katelyn Bowen, Shawna Mell and Elena Herberg. Those three combined for 49 of Rush City’s 60 points, and went five-of-nine from three point land. In fact, Herberg wasn’t far off of a triple-double. She ended up with only a double-double with 10 rebounds to go with her 14 points, but she also had seven steals on the defensive end.

Savannah Linkert was the only Viking in double figures, scoring 12 points to go with six rebounds. Katherine Carlson had six points, eight rebounds and three steals.

As a team, the Vikings shot just 35 percent from the field, and only got to the line seven times, which isn’t ideal for an aggressive, attacking team like North Branch.

Milaca 60, North Branch 48
Things got worse for the Lady Vikes when they hosted Milaca on Friday, December 15.

Selbitschka was out again, and despite playing well early, the wheels came off in the second half, allowing Milaca to take the win.

The Vikings had a 33-30 cushion at halftime, using a balanced attack on offense and their normal tenacious defense. Linkert, Macy Brodin, Megan Bunes, Jillayna Hoppe, Gail Nelson and Katherine Carlson all got in on the scoring action, and the Wolves weren’t sure where to defend.

The made adjustments in the second half though, and they held the North Branch offense to just 15 points in the that frame while they scored 30.

It turned North Branch’s small lead into a big deficit, and Milaca mostly cruised to the win late in the game.

Linkert was again the only Viking in double figures, scoring 14 points. Hoppe had six points and 10 rebounds. Carlson had six points, five steal and four rebounds, and Bunes had six points and seven rebounds. Brodin was the second leading scorer for NB with eight points.

Milaca was led by Miranda Broberg and her 14 points, and they got 13 from Vanessa Deerberg and nine from Jerica Ploeger.

The Vikings traveled to East Central to take on the Eagles earlier in the week and finish up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home game against Cloquet on Thursday, December 21. They’ll be off for a week before taking part in the Little Falls tournament on the weekend of Thursday, December 28.

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