After remaining undefeated for the first nine games of the season, the Viking girls basketball team was handed two losses last week to find itself with a three game losing streak.
The team first took a trip to Robbinsdale Cooper and fell prey to the Hawks, coming away with a 66-31 loss.
The Hawks are undefeated in the conference.
“It was a tough week of basketball for us,” coach Dan Schindler said. “Both Cooper and Benilde are very good basketball teams and we had to play them both on the road.”
He noted his team just couldn’t keep up with the speed of the Hawks.
“Cooper took it to us right away and we were never really in the game,” he said. “(They are) the quickest team in the conference and they can really score quickly when we either took some bad shots or turned the ball over.”
Patience is key, according to Schindler.
“We need to learn to be more patient on offense and take better shots against the very good teams,” he said. “Because when you don’t have good possessions they turn their defense into instant offense. We just have to learn from this one and continue to work on the things we need to do to compete at their level.”
Another undefeated opponent
The Vikings then faced another undefeated team in the conference last Thursday, the No. 9 state ranked Red Knights, and recorded a 44-31 loss.
“I was really pleased with how we bounced back from the Cooper game,” Schindler said. “I thought we had a lot of energy and really tightened up our defense from the Cooper game.
His team played tough, but Schindler tipped his hat to their opponent.
“Benilde is undefeated for a reason and they really turned up their defensive effort,” he said. “We had trouble getting off good shots, but our defense kept us right in the game. There were a couple of key plays in the second half where we should have scored, only to see Benilde transition to the other end and score. Those four point swings just were too much for us to overcome. But for the night, I really liked our effort and we played much better.”
Sarah Lekson led the way in that game with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The NB girls basketball team is tied for fifth in the North Suburban Conference with a 3-3 conference and 9-3 overall record. The team will host the Columbia Heights Hylanders (4-7) at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 before hosting the FAIR Falcons (2-10) at 1 p.m. Jan. 19. The Vikings will then travel to St. Louis Park to face the Orioles (2-10) at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 22.