The North Branch girls basketball team brought home another victory Dec. 18 and remains undefeated.
“This was a very big win for us as it was a road conference game,” said coach Dan Schindler. “The game was close all the way. We did take a small lead throughout the first half, but Totino-Grace made two three-pointers in the last minute to tie the game 20-20 at halftime.”
“I thought our defense was excellent the whole game, but especially in the first 17 minutes. I was really worried about rebounding against their size, but we held our own. Totino-Grace took a five-point lead mid way through the second half, but our girls really stuck together and played great team basketball.
“Our goal is always to keep the game close and then win it at the free throw line, and that’s exactly what we did. We handled Totino-Graces pressure and were able to get in the bonus early in second half.
“Haley Huset did a great job bringing the ball up against their pressure and they fouled her many times trying for steals. Haley ended up getting the the free throw line 15 times and made 11 and led us.
“For the game NB was 18-30 from the line while Totino was only 4-7. Totino-Grace did make eight three-pointers, but we limited them to four free throws and that was the difference.
“I thought it was a huge team effort especially on the defensive end. Courtney Selbitschka really led us defensively. Jessica Merchant was diving on the floor for loose balls and Annette Olson really did a nice job on the offensive glass keeping ball alive. We had nine different girls play and they all contributed to this win. Our balance is really going to help us as other teams can’t just try to take away one or two of our players. If they do, we have other players who can step it up and beat them.”
The North Branch girls basketball team has a 2-0 North Suburban Conference and 6-0 overall record. The Vikings will travel to Cloquet to compete in the Wood City Invitational at times to be determined Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28.
NB @ Totino-Grace
Haley Huset 19 pts.
Sarah Lekson 7 pts.,
6 pts., 11 rebounds, 6 steals
Annette Olson 6 pts.
Jessica Merchant 5 pts.