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January 21, 2019

12/13/2018 2:47:00 PM
Girls win two straight to break out of slump

Hannah Gillach hit the go-ahead basket with just over a minute and a half to go in the Wildcats’ game against Zimmerman last week, and then Sophie Wood swatted a last-second Thunder shot away to preserve a one-point win for CL, their first of the year.

Zimmerman had the lead early, and with a standout Alyssa Daugherty on the team, that usually is a tough mountain to overcome, but CL made their move late. They closed the game on a 13-4 run, including Gillach’s late three pointer. Lexi Hammond scored four points in the run, and Fiona Tollefson and Lizzy Godden each got a basket too. Wood, who came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game when she blocked Daugherty at the last second, also led the ‘Cats in scoring with 12 points.

“We played a much better second half after shooting poorly and turning the ball over too much in the first half,” Head Coach Craig Walker said. “That was a big win for us as we continue to figure out our identity as a team.”

Chisago Lakes 59, Hermantown 55
The Wildcats got their first section win of the year when they toppled the Hermantown Hawks on Friday, December 7 at home.

In the first half, Chisago Lakes had a boatload of three pointers go down, six in all, with Gillach and Godden each hitting two. Wood and Hammond then each did damage inside when that opened up, and it was a well-executed gameplan throughout the first half.

The Wildcats held off a second half charge from Hermantown, and moved their record to 2-3 with the victory.

Gillach led the way with 13 points, Sarah Bjelland had 10, Godden 9, Wood 8 and Hammond 7.

“We're becoming more patient with our offense and trying to control the tempo a little more after our first three games,” Walker noted. “We have more inside talent this season than we have had lately and we're beginning to recognize those strengths.”

Chisago Lakes now has a bit of an extended break after their win over Hermantown on December 7. They won’t play again until they travel to Cambridge on Tuesday, December 18 to take on the Bluejackets

They’ll get two quick non-conference games in against Brainerd and Bemidji before taking a few days off for the Christmas break. Over the holidays, they’ll play in the Monticello Holiday Tournament.

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