Big step up possible for Polars girls basketball

The North High School girls basketball team won only three games a season ago but returns a solid nucleus of talented, experienced players. Second-year head coach Ashlie Anzel would like to see her squad make a climb in the Metro East Conference standings.

If the beginning of the season is any indication, North is ready to take that step. The Polars’ three returning starters had encouraging efforts as North opened the season on Nov. 29 with a 63-50 victory over Spring Lake Park. 

Senior Abigail Schouvieller and eighth grader Alexis Pratt tied for game-high honors with 18 points apiece. Junior Kellie McKane, who averaged just fewer than three rebounds per game last year, grabbed 11 boards while scoring eight points.

Junior Victoria Jones also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.

Schouvieller returns after averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season. She also blocked about a shot per game on average. Her single-game high for scoring last season was 29, which she got in a win over St. Paul Humboldt in late February.

Pratt is also back for her second year on varsity after averaging 8.7 points per game a year ago. Anzel says Pratt has shown marked improvement over last year and is poised for a big season.

McKane is also back after averaging 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game a season ago.

North also returns four other letterwinners.

Two newcomers Anzel expects to contribute this season are junior Nicole Anderson and sophomore Lily Pfefferle. 

“We believe that we have a starting five that has the ability to compete each night,” Anzel said. “We also feel that we have more buy-in this season from our players. As a team, we expect that we will be more competitive this season within the conference and hope to sneak our way into the middle of the pack.”

North is strong at the guard position and looks to push the tempo. With a guard-heavy lineup, the Polars want to create mismatches on the offensive end.

Those guards will also be called on to pressure opponents’ back courts to make it tough for them to throw entry passes into the post. Conditioning will be key for the entire lineup.

“We have a short bench and will need major minutes out of the top players each night,” said Anzel.

The Polars play their home opener on Dec. 6 against North Branch and also host Legacy Christian Academy on Dec. 9 and St. Paul Central on Dec. 10.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2016-17 Tartan High School girls basketball schedule

Dec. 2 at Esko 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Duluth East 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 vs. Robbinsdale Armstrong 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 at Hudson 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 16 at St. Francis 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 vs. St. Croix Lutheran 7 p.m.

Dec. 22 at Spring Lake Park 7 p.m.

Dec. 27 at St. Anthony tournament TBA

Dec. 28 at St. Anthony tournament TBA

Dec. 29 at St. Anthony tournament TBA

Jan. 3 at South St. Paul 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Coon Rapids 6 p.m.

Jan. 10 vs. Simley 7 p.m.

Jan. 13 vs. Mahtomedi 7 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Hill-Murray 7 p.m.

Jan. 19 at Hastings 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 vs. Henry Sibley 7 p.m.

Jan. 27 vs. North 6:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Simley 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 vs. Minneapolis South 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 vs. South St. Paul 7 p.m.

Feb. 10 at Mahtomedi 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 vs. Hill-Murray 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 vs. Hastings 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 at North 6:15 p.m.

Feb. 23 at Henry Sibley 7 p.m.


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