|3/11/2022 10:43:00 AM|
Gillach scores 1,000th point for 'Cats, but Monticello pulls off section upset
Chisago Lakes promising hoops season was abruptly ended over the weekend with a 59-57 overtime loss to Monticello in the Section 5AAA semifinals.
The Wildcats, who had drawn the second seed, disptached Big Lake easily in the first round, winning 72-47 on Tuesday, March 1.
That set up their rematch with Monticello, a team they had beat twice in the regular season, including just 10 days prior. But, the third-seeded Magic rode big performances from Olivia Hanson and Lily Manning — the due combined for 40 points — and eeked out the two point upset win in the extra period.
Chisago Lakes’ usual suspects led their charge, with Greta Gillach leading the way with 19 points, Alyssa Hempel scoring 16 points and bringing down 13 boards, and Emily Erickson scoring 14.
But, their secondary scoring was lacking after those three, with Katherine Saueressig and Brianna Wille scoring three points each and Abby Sufka scoring two.
The upset ended a promising run by this squad, which includes a lot of senior firepower. They had their work cut out for them if they would’ve won, with powerhouse Becker waiting on the other side of the bracket, but Chisago Lakes played the Bulldogs tough in both match ups and were hoping to get a third crack at them.
Gillach scores 1,000th point
Senior Greta Gillach passed a big career milestone in the section-opening win over Big Lake.
She netted 25 points against the Hornets and early in the game she passed the 1,000 point plateau for her career.
The senior got a fun celebration with teammates, family and friends after the contest and has contributed a lot more than just points to the program over the past four years.