|2/13/2014 1:31:00 PM|
Wildcats edged by Magic
by JEFF NORTON
Defense was the name of the game on Thursday, February 6 when Chisago Lakes and Monticello squared up in a Mississippi 8 Conference game. The Magic edged Chisago Lakes in a one-point game, but it was 43-42, which was the lowest output for both teams this season. The Wildcats held the early lead at the halftime, up 27-24, but it stayed closed all the way throughout until Monti finished the game with a one-point win.
The defensive battle was highlighted by Mitch Berg of Chisago Lakes and Tyler Frie of Monticello. Frie is the Magic’s leading scorer on the year, but Berg locked him up all night with constant hustle and pressure and only allowed Frie three points. On the other end of the floor, Frie was able to limit Berg, who is CL’s second leading scorer, to just five points. With those guys cancelling each other out for the most part, the game came down to the other options.
Jakob Lindquist and Jake McKenzie had 14 and 13 points, respectively, and only one Monticello player had double digits, but they had a balanced amount of scoring, getting contributions from eight players while CL only got points from six. The ‘Cats hosted Princeton earlier this week and then close out the season by taking on Cambridge-Isanti in back-to-back games at home on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:15 pm and at Cambridge Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:15 pm