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November 18, 2018

2/16/2018 11:20:00 AM
Chisago Lakes unable to be the first M8C opponent to beat STMA

St. Michael-Albertville 62, Chisago Lakes 45
Despite fielding one of their most experienced teams ever, the Chisago Lakes girls basketball squad still couldn’t be the first school to get the job done against St. Michael-Albertville.

Since the Mississippi 8 Conference took on it’s current form in 2013-14, the Knights have won 62 conference games in a row, including a 10-0 mark this year.

Like they do in most of their games, St. Michael started out fast, with Mackenzie Kramer highlighting the offense for the Knights. She had 24 points on the game, including a bulk of them in the first half. The Knights’ pressure defense was also on point as usual, and the Wildcats found themselves down by 17 at halftime, 34-17.

Chisago Lakes did play even with STMA in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to chip away at the large lead they had built in the first frame.

The Knights closed out CL 62-45 to extend the five year winning streak.

Thea Kluge was the top scorer for Chisago Lakes, netting 17 points. Senior Carmen Backes scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds for another double-double. But, outside of those two, the rest of the team combined for just 12 points.

Chisago Lakes 58, Superior (WI) 35
In what has become a spirited rivalry over state lines, the Wildcats entered a dominating chapter in these two team’s annual match up with a 58-35 rebound win over the Superior Spartans on Friday, February 9 at Chisago Lakes.

The CL defense was on display against the Spartans, holding them to just 12 first half points and 35 total for the game.
Backes got her typical double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but it was a couple of supporting players that really came through strong on defense and chipped in on offense.

Hannah Gillach had 12 points and six steals and Sarah Bjelland had a nice game for Chisago Lakes, scoring 11 points and swiping three steals. The balanced scoring on offense -- Kluge also added eight points -- was a key reason the ‘Cats were able to focus so much of their energy on the defensive end and shut down the Superior attack. Madisen Myer led the Spartans with 11 points.

The ‘Cats have just four regular season games left. They’ll travel to Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, February 15 for a conference match up agains the Bluejackets, and then take on Buffalo on Saturday, February 17.

They’ll close the season with Minnehaha Academy and Princeton on February 20 and 23.

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