By Victoria Dahlin—
In its only game last week the North Branch girls basketball team was outscored 62-51 by Fridley.
The Vikings let the Tigers have control and gain a 10-point lead by the half.
After Fridley took a 37-21 lead in the second half, North Branch started playing tough basketball and with five minutes left, cut the lead to two points at 48-46. But it was too little too late. Even though the Vikings had three possessions with the basketball and a chance to tie the game they just couldn’t do it.
“We just didn’t seem ready to play in the Fridley game,” said Coach Dan Schindler. “They seemed a step quicker and were getting most of the loose balls in the first half. I thought Sarah Lekson had a great second half. Sarah also led us with 11 rebounds. I also thought Annette Olson did a good job for us on the inside, and she grabbed nine rebounds. We just dug ourselves too big a hole right away. It was a good week to have only one game, as I think we needed to get back in the gym and correct some little things that seem to be hurting us. The girls continue to work hard, and we are hoping with eight of our last 11 games at home we can improve our play.”
NB Girls Basketball @ Fridley
Haley Huset 3 pts; Emily Trunk 4; Cassedy Coleman 2; Kallie Grote 7; Sarah Lekson 17; Jessica Merchant 6; Erin Reber 7; Annette Olson 5
The North Branch girls basketball team has a 1-5 North Suburban Conference and 8-6 overall record. The team will host the Spring Lake Park Panthers (9-8) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 before hosting the #5 state-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights (12-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The Vikings will then host the Princeton Tigers (2-14) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.