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May 28, 2022

1/21/2022 1:21:00 PM
AREA HOOPS ROUND UP

CHISAGO LAKES
Girls
The Wildcats played just one game over the last week, using a big second half to grab a win over the Zimmerman Thunder on Thursday, January 13 at home.

Zimmerman actually led at halftime, but Chisago Lakes’ big three of Greta Gillach, Alyssa Hempel and Emily Erickson took over in the second half and outscored Zimmerman by eight, leading to the 60-53 win.

Hempel, who has been on fire recently, kept her hot streak up, leading all scorers with 22 points and nabbing 16 boards. Over her past three games, Hempel is averaging 18.6 points, 15.3 boards and two steals.

Both Gillach and Erickson had gaudy stat lines as well. Erickson scored 16 points and had eight rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals. Gillach had 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

The ‘Cats will take on North Branch and St. Francis in their next two contests.

Boys
The Wildcats’ losing streak extended to eight with two more losses last week.

Their defense collapsed on them in their Tuesday, January 11 match up with Monticello, which the Magic won 100-76.

The ‘Cats had a nice balance of scoring on offense, with Zander Schmidt scoring 16, Reed Marquardt with 10 and six other players with over six points, but they couldn’t compete with the potent starting five of Monti.

Carson Kolles scored 40 points for the Magic, Brady Thompson had 24, Joe Schluender had 16 and Luke Emmerich had 14.
They had a much tighter game against Pine City on Friday, January 14, but they still fell to the Dragons 67-63. Pine City built a first half lead and made it stand up to CL’s second half flurry.

Schmidt was CL’s top scorer again with 16 points. Abe Olson and Patrick Rowe each had 12 for CL, who fell to 1-9 with the loss.
The ‘Cats head on the road for their next three games. They took on fourth-ranked Princeton earlier this week and then face off against former coach Todd Dufault and North Branch on Thursday, January 20. The Vikings were ranked seventh in the state last week. They’ll then head down to St. Paul Academy on Saturday, January 22 before ending their next week of games on Tuesday, January 25 against St. Francis at home.

NORTH BRANCH
Girls
The Vikings just couldn’t solve anything about perennial state power Becker on Tuesday, January 11. Offensively, nobody scored in double digits for the Vikings, and defensively, they couldn’t stop the Bulldog starters as they all scored in double digits, with Adeline Kent leading the way with 29 points.

Nothing went right for North Branch in the game. Ella Kuhlman and Chloe Lattimore had nine points each and Paige Peaslee had six, but that was it for the scoring. The Vikings only grabbed 14 rebounds on the game and only had six assists.

Becker’s pressure defense caused absolute fits for North Branch, as the Bulldogs swiped 23 steals on the game.

The Vikings did a good job of shaking that loss off in the first half against Princeton on Thursday, January 13. They jumped out to a 24-18 lead by the break, but then Princeton poured it on in the second half and walked away with the 45-40 win.

Peaslee had a big game for North Branch with 20 points, 12 boards and four steals, but they didn’t have anyone else in double figures. Kuhlman, who has been a great offensive weapon this year, was limited to just nine points.

Over the next week, the Vikings will take on Chisago Lakes on Thursday, January 20, Brooklyn Center on Saturday, January 22 and Monticello on Tuesday, January 25.



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