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January 22, 2022

1/14/2022 12:51:00 PM
Vikings win two, including come-from-behind win over Big Lake

North Branch 54, Little Falls 43
After not playing in a competitive game since before Christmas, the North Branch girls basketball team came out on fire against Little Fall’s 1-3-1 defense on Tuesday, January 4
“They tried to force us to shoot from the outside a little more than we normally do, but we capitalized on that,” Head Coach Alison Trampe said.

The leader of that long-range barrage was Ella Kuhlman, who knocked down seven three pointers on the game, scoring 21 points. She also made the extra pass once they started focusing more on her, dishing out seven assists.

The Flyers tried their best to stay close, but Kuhlman’s shooting forced them to change their defense, and once they did that, senior post Paige Peaslee made them pay. She started pounding Little Falls down low, and she eventually matched Kuhlman’s output, scoring 21 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

“We did a nice job of mixing it up on offense,” Trampe said after the game.

North Branch 45, Big Lake 41
After starting hot against Little Falls, the Vikings were equally sluggish in the opening frame against Big Lake on Friday, January 7.

They found themselves down by eight at halftime against the previously winless Hornets.

“We were sluggish to start the game and struggled to get anything going in the first half,” Trampe said. “We regrouped at halftime, made some adjustments, and came out of the locker room much more ready to play.”

In that second half, the dynamic duo of Kuhlman and Peaslee went to work. Kuhlman knocked down six more three pointers en route to a game-high 25 points along with seven rebounds, and Peaslee dominated down low again, scoring 17 points to go with six boards.

The Vikings eventually retook the lead and held on, despite getting only three points from anyone not named Kuhlman or Peaslee.

“It was a really fun battle in the second half and we were fortunate to come out on top,” Trampe said. “I’m so proud of our girls for continuing to fight each and every night!”

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North Branch is now 7-3 on the year.

Peaslee leads the Vikings with 18.5 points per game and Kuhlman is second, scoring 16 points per game.

The Vikings will hit the road for their next three games, with contests against Becker, Princeton and St. Cloud before hosting county rival Chisago Lakes on Thursday, January 20.

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