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February 27, 2020

1/2/2020 3:50:00 PM
Only one day of the Monticello Tourney goes on for NB and CL

The Monticello Holiday Tournament was supposed to be a two-day showcase that featured both North Branch and Chisago Lakes, but it turned into a one-game affair for all the teams involved when weather and road conditions made team travel nearly impossible on Saturday, December 28.

Orono 65, North Branch 37
After their hot start, the Vikings got to test their mettle against a very tough Orono team at the Monticello Holiday Tournament.

It didn’t go so well for North Branch, as Orono clobbered them 65-37 with a huge second half.

The Vikings more than hung with Orono in the first half, leading 23-17 at the break, but a monster second half run by the Spartans sparked what was a close game into a blowout.

No player in particilar did the major damage for Orono, it was more of a death by 1,000 cuts. Orono’s top scorer was Julia Knudson, who had 15 points. Haley Paulson was the only other Spartan in double figures, with 13. Seven other girls scored points for Orono.

Meanwhile, North Branch had only five total scorers, highlighted by Paige Peaslee’s 14 points and Kate Carlson’s 10. Megan Bunes had six, Katelyn McAbee had four and Ella Kuhlman had three.

Buffalo 53, Chisago Lakes 46
The Wildcats’ contest followed a similar formula to North Branch’s. Chisago Lakes got out to the early lead and held a four point cushion at halftime, 22-18, but a big second half from their old Mississippi 8 Conference foe Buffalo resulted a victory snatched from CL.

The ‘Cats fast start was due in part to Lizzy Godden, Jill Erickson and Alyssa Hempel. They not only provided some offensive spark, but Hempel and the CL post players did a good job limiting Buffalo’s inside game early.

However, in the second half, Buffalo’s pair of sisters, Alana and Lindsay Hartman, got going, and the Wildcats couldn’t quite match their output, falling 53-46.
Godden paced the ‘Cats in their loss, with 15 points. Erickson had 10 points and Hempel ended with nine.

The Hartman sisters each had 12 points for Buffalo in their win.

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