Girls’ basketball recap Feb. 1
The lone North Suburban Conference game of the evening was close in the end as North Branch downed rival St. Francis 52-48.
The Saints held a 31-18 edge at halftime but the Vikings came roaring back basically flipping the score.
St. Francis’ Emily Larson led the way with 19 points and Nicole Borstner had 15 points as the Saints lost for the fifth time in seven games to fall to 5-15 overall, 4-7 in the conference.
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park ran its winning streak to six and have now won seven of its last eight as they stayed one step ahead of Totino-Grace in a key North Suburban Conference game, 57-51, Feb. 1.
The Panthers improved to 9-2 in the conference, two games back of Robbinsdale Cooper (11-0), Spring Lake Park’s Feb. 5 opponent and Benilde-St. Margaret’s (10-1) who will square off in the final game of the regular season in Spring Lake Park Feb. 22.
Despite being down by one point at the half, Spring Lake Park used a 32-25 second-half edge to collect the win. Totino’s Madison Soukup had a game-high 18 points while the Panthers countered with three players in double-digits including 15 points from Jordan Zickermann, 14 points from Breanna Semanko and 13 points from Christina Wakeman.
The win comes three days after handing St. Francis an 83-67 loss. Semanko led all scorers with 24 points and Wakeman had 16 points. The Saints were led by Emily Larson with 17 points and Mooly Kungel added 15 points.
Anoka posted a 2-1 record over a four-day span that culminated with a 53-45 home loss to St. Michael-Albertville 53-45, Feb. 1 which also snapped the Tornadoes five-game winning streak.
The Knights led by three points at the break and went on a 29-24 run in the second half for the final result as Anoka’s Claire Lundberg had a game-high 21 points and Hailee Gifford added 13 points.
The Tornadoes opened the week with a 60-36 win against Coon Rapids Jan. 29 and followed that with a 68-58 win at Elk River Jan. 31 to boost its Northwest Suburban Conference record to 10-5 to stay one-half game ahead of Park Center, fourth in the conference.
Kyrah Fredenburg led the way against the Elks with 25 points, Lundberg added 19 points and Gifford had 12 points.
Legacy couldn’t hold onto a one-point halftime lead as Trinity School scored a 46-45 MCAA win Jan. 29. The Lions were led by Lexi Weddle who had 21 points and Trinity countered with Hannah Louiselle’s game-high 24 points. The loss dropped the Lions to 2-7 in the conference and 7-11 overall.
The Huskies ran its losing streak to six games and seven of its last nine after a 79-57 loss at Osseo Jan. 29. The Orioles led by three points at the break but used a 46-27 second half to earn the Northwest Suburban Conference win. Orioles standout Phyllis Webb had a game-high 29 points as Janay Morton and Ayo Porte each contributed 19 points. Andover’s McKenzie Becker led the way with 22 points and Haydn Becker added 11 points in the loss.