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January 22, 2022

1/7/2022 11:41:00 AM
Wildcats top undefeated Proctor; stumble vs Orono at holiday tourney

The Chisago Lakes Wildcat girls basketball team got to compete a bit over their holiday break, and they split two contests at the Monticello Invitational in the Magic’s home city.

Chisago Lakes 57, Proctor 46
The ‘Cats opened with a  huge win over the previously undefeated Proctor Rails on Tuesday, December 28 in their matinee performance.

The girls have been so good at sharing the offensive load this year, and that really shone through against a 7-0 Proctor squad. Greta Gillach has been the leading scorer, and she had a game-high 17 points, but Emily Erickson chipped in 11 points and three steals and Alyssa Hempel had nine points, six rebounds and two steals.

Katherine Saueressig was a bulldog on defense, with three steals, and she also added eight points on the offensive end, and Brianna Wille had seven points.

Although those point totals aren’t huge, those supporting scorers are what differentiates the Wildcats this year since they don’t have an offensive linchpin like they have in prior years with Carmen Backes, Bryanna Fernstrom and Whitney Tinjum.

The array of ways they can beat opponents also helps to keep them off balance throughout the game. The ‘Cats outscored Proctor by five points in the first half and instead of a spirited run by the Rails, the ‘Cats offense kept the pressure on as they eventually won by 11.

Orono 50, Chisago Lakes 34
In the second game of their Monticello trip, the offense didn’t quite match their output from the day prior, but a lot of that had to do with their opponent. Although Orono was just 5-3 on the year coming into the game, they’ve played some of the top teams in the state and their losses were to two of the biggest schools in the state in Lakeville South and White Bear Lake and also to an ultra talented private school in Holy Angels.

Chisago Lakes got 12 from Erickson and 10 from Gillach, but some of their role players couldn’t quite get the baskets against a deep Spartan team.

Hempel had seven points to go with a ridiculous 18 rebounds, and Saueressig had five points, but outside of those four girls, nobody else scored a point as CL struggled to just 34 points total, with matching 17 point totals  in each half.

Orono was led by Lauren Knudson and her four three pointers. She scored a game-high 21 points and was supported by Kayla Kallenbach’s 12. Kaila Youngs battled with Hempel all night in the post and although she only scored four points, she had 10 boards and six blocks on the defensive side of the ball, anchoring the middle.

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Coming out of the break, the Wildcats’ will resume a normal schedule. They played Mahtomedi earlier this week before hosting Mississippi 8 Conference and state powerhouse Becker on Thursday, January 6. They’ll jump out of conference for a match up with St. Paul Johnson in St. Paul on Monday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.

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