2/20/2014 3:22:00 PM Foul trouble and ugly shooting contribute to loss to Princeton
by JEFF NORTON
Foul trouble can get even the best of teams in hot water at times, and the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team found that out in an upset loss to Princeton on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Lady ‘Cats had dominated Princeton at home earlier this season, winning by 17 points, but the tables were turned when CL went on the road. They were done in by early fouls against Bryanna Fernstrom and Carmen Backes. The Wildcats were whistled for 13 first half fouls. “Fernstrom and Backes could do little defensively or offensively without being tagged with a foul,” Head Coach Craig Walker said. “Both sat on the bench for much of the first half with three fouls apiece.”
To make matters worse, Sarah Greene also committed two fouls, so that left the Wildcats’ top three scorers on the bench for large chunks of time. And it’s not like the ticky-tacky foul calls were one way. Princeton was called for 10 first half fouls too, but the main difference was the free throws. The Tigers knocked down 18 of their 19 free throws in the first half while Chisago Lakes hit only seven-of-16. In the second half, Fernstrom was able to navigate the touchy waters that were the refs court, but Backes didn’t have the same luck, fouling out with just under six minutes to play. Walker said both calls were questionable offensive fouls while Backes was trying to defend herself from the Tiger defense. The Tigers were able to hold Chisago Lakes off by hitting three pointers and limiting the ‘Cats perimeter game, which suffered with Backes out.
CL only hit one three pointer in the game and Princeton pulled away for the 69-54 win. “The cliché after a loss like this is to learn from the mistakes and move on. It’s true, but only if we know how. Shooting 13-31 from free throws and one-of-nine three pointers will get us nowhere.” Chisago Lakes 65, Zimmerman 48 The ‘Cats bounced back after the upset to take out Zimmerman on Valentine’s Day, winning 65-48. “We had a great two days of practice and after some soul-searching, addressed and continued to work on our weak spots,” Walker said. The perimeter players didn’t have any trouble getting going in this one, as they had four three pointers in the first half as they raced out to the 38-19 lead. Fernstrom and Dani Berg each had one and Marisa Kari had two. “It’s always better to spread out the scoring and give our opponent someone else to defend besides Bry, Sarah and Carmen,” Walker said. “The other girls scored five points Tuesday, but tonight they were able to add 22.” In the second half, it was just keeping the Thunder at bay as CL cruised to a nice win after the upset loss to Princeton.