Itasca remained perfect in conference play as they beat Hibbing and Rainy River at home this weekend in women's community college basketball action.

The Vikings raced past Hibbing 81-48 Friday night and then demolished Rainy River 78-40 Saturday afternoon to push their conference mark to 4-0, 11-7 overall.

The Vikings were able to do this despite the absence of starting point guard Melissa Barbacovi, who was out with an injury.

The Itascans hope to have her back for a pair of stern road tests this week as they travel to Central Lakes Wednesday (tonight) and then onto Vermilion for another conference counter Saturday afternoon.

All the ingredients for winning were evident for Itasca this weekend as they outrebounded their opposition 116-53 in the two games and shot over 40-percent from the field in both games.

The Vikings started fast Friday night breaking to an early 15 point advantage and never looked back.

Amber Schaaf was dominant inside for ICC as she scored a game high 24 points and hauled in 15 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Cassie Clarke with 18, Erica Cleveland with 15 and Megan Zubke with 11 points in the one sided affair. Cleveland was also very active on the boards as she collected 12 rebounds.

The Viking five picked right up where they left off on Saturday afternoon as they started strong and finished strong as they knocked off Rainy River by 28 points. Cleveland had the hot hand on cold day as she poured in 23 points, while Jamie Fosness was sharp chipping in 17 points. Zubke and Schaaf made a huge difference controlling almost everything in the paint as the two combined for 25 points and 28 rebounds keeping ICC in control throughout the win.

“We played very well in both games and I thought our rebounding was a huge factor. I'm anxious to see if we can play at this level on the road this week,” commented Itasca head coach John Bauer.