NB basketball beats St. Croix Prep, falls to Irondale—
The North Branch girls basketball team split its schedule last week in two non-conference matchups.
On Thursday, the Vikings rolled over St. Croix Prep on the road for a 59-20 win against the Class AA opponent.
Senior Haley Huset led the offensive effort with 17 points, followed by junior Sarah Davis with nine points. Sophomore Morgen Coleman put up eight points while sophomore Courtney Selbitschka scored seven. Senior Ashlee Bauer and sophomore Kalley Hartman both added six points on the night.
Last Tuesday North Branch faced a former conference foe, Irondale, at home and fell by just three points to the Knights, 41-38.
Head coach Jerome Huselid said he scouted Irondale in their previous matchup, where the team scored 46 in the first half alone. His game plan was to hold them to eliminate scoring opportunities from beyond the arc and block drives through the lane. North Branch accomplished by giving up just 20 points in the first half and 21 in the second.
The Vikings trailed by just three at halftime and had a chance to get the victory with just moments to go in the game when they trailed by one point. The Vikings missed a layup during a fast break, followed by a rebound and throw down court by the Knights, who scored a final layup to close the scoring and the game.
Huselid said he told the girls he was happy with their efforts despite the loss.
“I told them I was pleased with how they changed things up like we talked about at halftime,” Huselid said. “We just need to work on shooting, handling man-to-man pressure and controlling things we can control.”
Selbitschka led in scoring with 13 points, followed by Huset with eight points and Davis with six points.
North Branch is now 3-1 and next hosts Fridley at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huselid said Fridley is a young team in a rebuilding year.
“They are usually pretty physical and bring a lot of pressure,” Huselid said. “We’ll just do what we do best with our good defense.”