By Victoria Dahlin—
Netting two out of three wins at home made for a good week for the North Branch girls basketball team.
First up was tough conference match up Robbinsdale Cooper who took home a 74-47 win over the Vikings.
“They are a good team and really shot the basketball well against us,” said Coach Dan Schindler. “At times we struggled with their quickness on the press and they got some easy lay-ups. But when we did handle their press they just didn’t miss very much.”
Next up was another conference match up, Irondale, who took a 24-16 lead into the locker room at the half after North Branch struggled with scoring. The Viking defense was able to keep the team in the game, shutting down the Knights scoring in the second half and earned a 41-39 victory.
“It was senior night and our three seniors really stepped it up tonight,” said Coach Schindler. “Kallie and Erin led us scoring and Cassedy really played great defense against their good post player. Those three have worked hard all year and it was nice to get a win on their special night.”
On Saturday, section contender Proctor came to town. After a sluggish start North Branch stepped it up and led 31-14 at halftime and in the end sent the Rails home with a 65-25 defeat.
“Haley Huset hit a couple big three pointers for us,” said Coach Schindler. “For the game we had 10 different girls scoring. Sarah Lekson dominated the inside and led us. I thought Emily Trunk, Jessica Merchant, Cassedy Coleman and Courtney Selbitschka came in and gave us good energy.”
The North Branch girls basketball team is seventh in the North Suburban Conference with a 5-7 conference and 14-8 overall record. The Vikings will host the Totino-Grace Eagles (15-7 record) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 before hosting the Fridley Tigers (7-14) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.