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January 23, 2020

12/6/2019 12:04:00 PM
Vikes string together two huge wins

North Branch 65, North St. Paul 37
The Lady Vikings got their season kicked off with a crushing of North St. Paul on Saturday, November 23.

North Branch visited the Polars for both teams’ openers, and it was not a pleasant one for NSP.

Sophomore post Paige Peaslee absolutely dominated throughout her time in the game, gathering 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as the Vikings sped out to a 39-18 lead in the first half.

Junior Kate Carlson aided that effort with a double-double of her own, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards -- an astounding stat as her listed height is 5’7”/ She also added six assists and three steals. She has always stuffed the stat box as a true all around threat, but if her offense takes another step up this year, she’s going to be a very dangerous player.

Senior guard Megan Bunes had a nice all around game as well, scoring 11 points to go with five assists, three steals and three rebounds. Chloe Lattimore had nine points for the Vikings in her first career varsity start.

In the second half, subs eventually started making their way into the game as the Vikings pulled away, and they helped finish off the Polars 65-37.

“It was a very physical game and got very sloppy at times but we were able to pick up a win and try some different things offensively and defensively with a variety of players,” Head Coach Alison Trampe said. “Paige, Kate and Megan all played very well for us and freshman Chloe contributed greatly in her first Varsity start.”

North Branch 60, Columbia Heights 37
Peaslee again dominated for the Vikings as they routed another non-conference opponent, this time beating the Hylanders of Columbia Heights 60-37.

Peaslee had 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks and has established herself as an absolute force in the post early in the season.

The game was still a contest at halftime, with the Vikings only leading by eight points and 29-21, but they made some defensive adjustments in the second half and got Peaslee rolling a little bit more and pulled away with the blowout win in the second half.

“We knew Columbia Heights had improved since last season as we played them in a Breakdown Tournament this summer,” Trampe noted. “It was a back and forth battle in the first half but, we made some adjustments defensively at half and played a really great second half to pull away from them and pick up a win in our home opener.”

Carlson added 13 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds and Bunes had eight points and nine rebounds. Maddie Helin chipped in five points, seven rebounds and two steals in a nice complementary role.

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