|2/19/2021 11:55:00 AM|
Chisago Lakes staying in the thick of the Mississippi 8 Conference race
The Chisago Lakes Wildcat boys basketball team split two games last week, and that still leaves them currently within striking distance of Mississippi 8 Conference leaders Princeton, with two games left still to play against the Tigers.
Chisago Lakes 66, Monticello 49
The win on the week came against Monticello on Tuesday, February 9. The ‘Cats held a slight halftime lead over the Magic before blowing the game wide open in the second half.
There were plenty of contributors for the ‘Cats, with AJ Koehler grabbing his typical double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Reed Marquardt had 17 points, Everett Appleby had 14 points and seven rebounds, Noah Lasita had 13 points and eight assists and although Ryan Sanvik didn’t score any points, he grabbed 10 boards and dished out four assists.
Big Lake 72, Chisago Lakes 69
The Hornets exacted a measure of revenge in the team’s second match up of the year on Thursday, February 11.
The ‘Cats got the balanced scoring they’ve been used to this year, but they didn’t clean up on the glass as well as they typically do, and that cost them in a close loss to Big Lake.
In the first match up of the season, Chisago Lakes had 40 rebounds, led by Koehler’s 15. In this game, the ‘Cats only grabbed 29 boards, led by Koehler and Appleby, each with eight.
Koehler led the CL offense with 18 points and Lasiuta had 16. Appleby added 17 points with his rebounds and Marquardt had eight points, six stieals and three rebounds. Jack Iverson led Big Lake with a game-high 24 points.
The loss dropped Chisago Lakes to 6-2 in the conference, tied with St. Francis for second place. Princeton sits atop the standings with a perfect 6-0 mark in the M8C, and they are definitely the team to beat, but CL still has to face them twice and could make up ground that way.
Their first crack at that comes on Thursday, February 18 in Princeton at 7:15 p.m. That game comes just two days after an awaycontest at Becker on Tuesday, February 16.
Halfway through their regular season, the ‘’Cats are 6-3 overall and are hoping to close strong for a high finish.