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January 22, 2022

1/14/2022 12:50:00 PM
Girls finding tough match ups as Mississippi 8 schedule begins

Chisago Lakes’ post Christmas break schedule looked daunting when it was first released, and it lived up to its billing as the Wildcats dropped the first two games back last week against Mahtomedi and Becker.

Mahtomedi 61, Chisago Lakes 53
Mahtomedi is already a tough team, but they happened to be running hot from the field when they matched up against Chisago Lakes on  Tuesday, January 4.

The Zephyrs knocked down 11 three pointers in the game and Chisago Lakes only hit two, and that was the difference in the eight point game.

Mahtomedi had a substantial lead early with that hot shooting, but Chisago Lakes was able to claw back into the contest with some ferocious defense and disciplined offense.
With just under two minutes left, Chisago Lakes trimmed the Zephyr lead to just four points, but they just ran out of steam late as Mahtomedi made their free throws down the stretch to seal the 61-53 win.

Alyssa Hempel continued her scorching hot stretch of play, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 boards. She also added three steals. Greta Gillach added 19 points, four steals and three rebounds as she went 10-of-13 from the free throw stripe. But, outside of that tandem, nobody scored over six points for the ‘Cats, and that left them on the outside looking in against Mahtomedi.

“We played well, but just ran into a hot shooting team that made some big shots,” Head Coach Jeff Saueressig said after the contest.

Becker 71, Chisago Lakes 57
Although the Bulldogs don’t quite have the talent on their team that brought them to the last three state championship games, their pedigree and depth is still a major problem for opponents, and it showed when the ‘Cats played them on Thursday, January 6 at home.

Chisago Lakes actually matched up fairly well with Becker in most facets, but where this game came down to was rebounding. Becker had 46 boards to only 21 for Chisago Lakes, and that led to a lot of second chance points for the Bulldogs. “Their rebounding just gave them more shot opportunities, and ultimately, the win,” Saueressig said. “But, the girls showed great effort on both ends of the court, working together extremely hard.”

In all other parts of the game, CL was evenly matched, and actually outshot Becker from the free throw line 12 to two.

But Becker had a near triple-double from Dani Nuset, who scored 11 points with 12 boards and eight assists. Alexis Rose scored 19 points, Adeline Kent had 17 and Maren Westin scored 16 with 11 boards and six steals.

For the ‘Cats, Emily Erickson led the way with 19 points, Gillach had 17 and Hempel had 13.

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With three losses in a row, Chisago Lakes now stands at 5-5 on the year. They have a home date with Zimmerman on Thursday, January 13 before hitting the road against Monticello and North Branch next week.

Gillach leads the ‘Cats, scoring 15.5 points per game. Hempel is averaging 13.5 points and 9.3 boards and Erickson is tossing in 12.1 points per game to go along with 2.3 steals.

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