BOYS Chisago Lakes 83, St. Francis 64 The Wildcats showed their improvement last week when they dominated St. Francis on Friday, February 22 83-64. The win came just a month after they lost to the Saints 56-54 on the road.
The ‘Cats blitzed St. Francis in the opening half, going up 44-28. They kept pouring it on in the second half and although St. Francis was able to keep a better pace with them, they couldn’t cut into the lead.
It was the Wildcats most complete win of the season, and this is the time they want to be playing their best basketball.
They had very balanced scoring, with Beau Backes and Seth Thompson each scoring 18 points and Ryan Sanvik netting 17. Andrew Koehler scored nine and both Will Tinjum and Aidan Hawkinson had six points in supporting roles.
North Branch The Vikings struggled in their two match ups last week, losing to Cambridge-Isanti at home by 21 and to Princeton, nearly getting doubled up by the highly-ranked Tigers.
Against the Bluejackets on Tuesday, February 19, North Branch got 25 points from Zach Gazda and 12 from Austin Grovender, and then supporting baskets from Carter Whitman (eight points) and Conner Hartmann (nine points), but no one else scored, as the Vikes struggled to make baskets outside of Gazda.
Against Princeton, North Branch had an OK first half. They couldn’t slow down the high-powered Tiger offense, but they were making shots and making sure that Princeton wasn’t running away with the game.
But the Princeton offense kept firing in the second half and North Branch’s offense sputtered and the Tigers eventually pulled far away. They were led by Jon Stimmler’s 28 points, Calvin Peterson’s 20, and Adam Williams and Reilly O’Neill’s 17 points each.
Gazda again led NB, scoring 24 points from a variety of spaces on the floor, but no one else was in double figures. Whitman had nine points and Colby Knutson chipped in eight.
GIRLS Chisago Lakes The girls ended the season on a three game losing streak, dropping contests to Superior, Cloquet and St. Francis. The games against Superior and Cloquet went down to the wire, with CL losing 52-50 and 46-40.
The losses dropped their final regular season record to 8-18 and earned them a rematch with Cloquet in the first round of sections.
The game took place on Tuesday, February 26 and despite another close finish, the ‘Cats season ended, losing 62-55 to the Lumberjacks. For a full story on the game, check out next week’s County Press.
North Branch The Lady Vikings ended their regular season on a nine game losing streak, dropping games to Rogers and Princeton last week.
“We were exhausted after a make up stretch had us play three games in four days, but we got our legs back under us against Princeton,” Head Coach Alison Trampe said. “We came out and played an excellent first half against the top team in the section, but the game just got away from us in the second half. The girls really showed at times how well they can play.”
The 5-18 record NB ended with earned them the seventh seed in section and a date with second seeded Hibbing on Tuesday, February 26. They fell 66-48 to the Bluejackets, ending their season. For a full story on the game, check out next week’s County Press.