December 16, 2022 at 12:18 p.m.
Chisago Lakes 76, St. Agnes 70
It took two overtimes, but the Wildcats escaped with a 76-70 win over St. Agnes on Tuesday, December 6 at St. Agnes.
In the extended game, multiple ‘Cats were close to triple doubles and there was plenty of shine to go around.
St. Agnes held the two point lead at halftime, but Chisago Lakes stayed close enough to be able to tie it at the end of regulation. The two teams both played it slow in the first overtime, trying to gain the upperhand, but the game was still deadlocked after each team scored four points.
In the second overtime, Chisago Lakes took over with their defense. They scored six points, which is good in a high school OT period, but they limited St. Agnes to no buckets and secured the win.
Patrick Rowe, Ian Larsen and Jack Walker all played a huge role in the win. Rowe had 20 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Larsen had 20 points and 15 boards, and Walker had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven steals on defense. Abe Olson had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists and Zander Schmidt had eight points, six boards, four helpers and three steals.
It was a total team effort from the ‘Cats in their quest to move to 2-0 on the year.
Zimmerman 74, Chisago Lakes 60
The ‘Cats mini two-game win streak to start the season was snapped when they hosted the Zimmerman Thunder on Friday, December 9.
Rowe had another formidable game with 25 points and seven rebounds, but the ‘Cats couldn’t get the secondary scoring that propelled them in their first two games. No other CL players were in double digits, with Walker the next best at nine points and five rebounds.
CL was supposed to have two road games this week, but their contest against Hill-Murray on December 13 was postponed due to freezing rain. They’ll take on the Mounds View Mustangs on Thursday, December 15 and host Osceola on Monday, December 19.
CHISAGO LAKES GIRLS
Chisago Lakes 64, St. Agnes 46
The ‘Cats won two blowout games last week, and it started with an 18 point win on Tuesday, December 6 when they laid a drubbing on St. Agnes 64-46.
Emily Erickson had a career night scoring, nearly matching St. Agnes’ total output, with 35 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Marissa Peterson had 12 points for the girls as the whole team got in the action.
Chisago Lakes 63, Mora 22
The margin of victory only grew when the Wildcats hosted Mora on Friday, December 9. The ‘Cats had essentailly sealed the game by halftime, leading 46-7.
Erickson had another monster night, and this time did outscore the opposition all by herself. She netted 34 points to go with eight steals. No other Wildcat was in double digits for points, but they didn’t need to be, especially when they had 24 steals as a team.
Bri Wille had just four points by seven steals and seven assists. Eva Aldrich scored seven and Ellie Hilber scored six points to go along with six rebounds.
The girls will travel to Pine City on Thursday, December 15 before hosting Bemidji on Saturday, December 17.
NORTH BRANCH GIRLS
Two Rivers 62, North Branch 49
The Vikings dropped two tough games last week as they struggled to find some consistent secondary scoring behind Ella Kuhlman. The sophomore sensation went for 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Vikings’ 62-49 loss to Two Rivers, but nobody else scored over eight points. Kate Lattimore had eight to go with six rebounds.
Rock Ridge 58, North Branch 51
The Wolverines used a strong first half in which they built a 10 point lead to propel them to a 58-51 win over NB on Friday, December 9.
Kuhlman had another strong game with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Chloe Lattimore had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, but the rest of the team combined for 14 points and NB dropped their record to 1-4 on the year.
The Vikings will play two games in as many days this weekend, with a home game against Rush City on Friday, December 16 before traveling to Grand Rapids on Saturday, December 17 for a matinee with the Thunderhawks at noon.
NORTH BRANCH BOYS
North Branch 69, Rockford 51
The Vikings only played one game last week, but made good on their Saturday afternoon home showdown with Rockford.
They used a balanced offensive attack and a stifling defensive gameplan to shoot down the Rockets.
Tyler Minke led the way with 16 points. Brody Beaver and Mason Young each had 13 and Noah Thorsen added 12. Carson Klein ran the show from the point but also had nine points.
The 2-1 Vikings have a busy schedule before the holiday break with games on Saturday, Decmber 17 at Simley, Tuesday, December 20 at home against Pine City and Thursday, December 22 hosting section foe Hermantown.