NB girls close regular season

Chisago Lakes’ Carmen Backus looks to pass to teammate Dani Berg while North Branch defender Haley Huset tries to disrupt the play. Photo supplied

Chisago Lakes’ Carmen Backus looks to pass to teammate Dani Berg while North Branch defender Haley Huset tries to disrupt the play. Photo supplied

The North Branch girls basketball team closed out a busy week of regular-season play.

Last Tuesday the Vikings traveled to Cambridge-Isanti and got off to a slow start. North Branch trailed 30-16 at halftime and was unable to make up points in the second, losing 63-46.

Sophomore Morgen Coleman led the Vikings with 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while sophomore Kalley Hartmann recorded nine points and five rebounds. Senior Haley Huset added eight points and four rebounds.

On Thursday, North Branch hosted Chisago Lakes. The home team led 33-29 at the break, but couldn’t keep the lead in the second half and fell 67-54.

Sophomore Courtney Selbitschka led her squad with 18 points and seven rebounds, followed by Huset with 14 points. Hartmann earned six points and 10 rebounds, while Coleman and junior Sarah Davis each contributed five points.

In the final regular-season matchup of the year, North Branch traveled to Big Lake on Friday and this time held on to a 42-34 halftime lead to win, 76-63.

Three Vikings recorded double-doubles on the night. Huset led her squad with 19 points and 10 rebounds as well as hitting the milestone of 1,000 career points.

Junior Taylor Gazda recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds. Selbitschka earned 17 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Coleman with eight points and seven rebounds. Davis and senior Mikayla Carlson each added six points.

Although definite seeds have yet to be announced, the Vikings sit as at the sixth seed, according to QRF rankings. The top three tentative seeds are Chisago Lakes, Grand Rapids and Princeton, respectively. North Branch plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 7, with location and opponent yet to be announced. Check online at www.minnesota-scores.net or at www.mississippi8.org for more information.

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