It’s a hat trick for Viking girls hoops

Morgan Coleman scored five points in the game versus St. Paul Harding last week. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

The North Branch girls basketball team remains undefeated for the season after winning all three games played last week.

First up the team hosted St. Paul Harding and took over the game leading 36-10 at the half. In the end the Vikings whipped the Knights 63-14.

Next up the team made the trip south to Minneapolis Patrick Henry and after leading 38-3 at the half, annihilated the Patriots 68-14.

“We had a couple of games that we controlled from start to finish,” said coach Dan Schindler. “In these games we are looking for our players to gain some confidence and work on minimizing their mistakes. We had nice balanced scoring. We were able to play everyone considerable minutes, and that will help our newcomers later in the season when they are called on.”

The team then traveled to Duluth Denfeld last Saturday and shot down the Hunters 68-38. Coach Schindler continued:

“I was really pleased with our effort at Duluth Denfeld. It’s always a tough place to play after a long bus ride and I thought we really started the game fast.

“Haley Huset really got us going scoring 16 first half points, including a couple of big three pointers. Haley ended up with a game high 24 points.

“Our good defense makes our offense better as we were able to get either a loose ball or long rebound and turn that into transition points.

“Sarah Lekson also played her best game of the season. Sarah has the most experience of all our players and she is a very smart player on the court. She ran the floor and did a nice job on both ends including some really nice passes.

“Freshman Courtney Selbitschka also chipped in and continues to play well. Newcomers Taylor Gazda and Mikayla Carlson came off the bench and really gave us some great minutes. Jessica Merchant did the same.”

“Overall it was a really nice team win over another section team. We will be tested now that we get back into the conference. We play St. Francis on Friday and they scored 82 points (vs. Princeton) on Saturday and played us to the memorable three overtime game last year. But, I like the way this team is progressing. We still have a lot of work to do, but as long as we continue to get better it should be a fun season.”

The North Branch girls basketball team has a 4-0 North Suburban Conference and overall record. The Vikings will host the St. Francis Saints at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, before traveling to Fridley to face the Totino-Grace Eagles at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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