|2/5/2021 11:52:00 AM|
Vikings grab narrow win vs Monti
With the Vikings girls basketball team struggling early in the season without their star Paige Peaslee, Head Coach Alison Trampe has been looking for someone to step up in her place, and the logical answer was senior Kate Carlson.
Carlson doesn’t have the size that Peaslee does, but she’s been a varsity starter for four years and has done everything asked of her. She’s a Swiss army knife of a player. When she needs to defend, she’s tenacious, when she needs to score, she’s aggressive, when she needs to pass, she’s creative.
Against Monticello, however, the Vikings needed her to hit the big shot, and when it came to that, she was clutch.
She had a game-high 22 points and scored more than half of North Branch’s points, including the game-winning shot with four seconds left in NB’s 43-41 win over the Magic on Tuesday, January 26.
“It was just an outstanding game from Kate,” Trampe said. She also added eight rebounds for an undersized NB team. The Vikings also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Chloe Lattimore and nine points from Ella Kuhlman.
Big Lake 66, North Branch 36
The Vikings got another big night from Carlson, as she had 20 points and 11 boards, but the Hornets, who were ranked in the top 10 at one point this year, were just a bit too much.
“We got off to a rough start and forced a lot of shots early rather than executing our offense,” Trampe said. “We regrouped at halftime and had much better energy in the second half, but Big Lake shot the ball well and outplayed us.”