Coach Adam Wilder calls a time out for a chat with his players during the Cougars’ game with Hope Lutheran last Tuesday night. CRAIG MOORHEAD/NEWS-RECORD
Coach Adam Wilder calls a time out for a chat with his players during the Cougars’ game with Hope Lutheran last Tuesday night. CRAIG MOORHEAD/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton's girls' basketball team was on a roll last week, defeating three schools in the Southeast Conference while improving their record to 9-6 overall, 8-2 in the conference.

Mabel-Canton at Schaeffer Academy

Monday brought a trip to Schaefer Academy, where the Cougars dominated the Lions, 50-28.

M-C led by only 16-13 at the half, but more than doubled their offensive production after the break.

"In the first half we really struggled to get our shots to fall and some of this was because of our shot selection," Cougar coach Adam Wilder noted. "In the second half we switched up our defense and we were able to get some steals that went for easy layups.

Lydia Geving achieved a triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals on the night. She also passed for five assists.

Carly McCabe led all scorers with 16 points, stole the ball eight times, grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists.

Sara Lind totaled 10 points, five rebounds, one blocked shot and a steal.

Coranda Vickerman scored seven points, lifted six steals, grabbed two boards, passed for two assists and blocked a shot.

Hannah Nolte had seven rebounds and three steals.

Abby Hanson had four rebounds, two points and one assist.

For the night, the Cougars shot 27 percent from the field. They enjoyed a 9 to 4 scoring margin at the foul line.

Senior forward Evelyn Lowe led the Lions with eight points. Her classmate, center Hannah Carter, added six and junior forward Christina Westberg scored four points.

M-C versus Hope Lutheran

M-C returned home the following night, defeating Hope-Lutheran, 46-40.

Cougar shooters only went seven for 28 during the first half, but energetic M-C defenders held the Patriots to 14 points. End result: an 18-14 lead for the home team at intermission.

Wilder said a number of unforced turnovers also worked against the Cougars, as the Patriots briefly took a small lead in the second period. M-C replied with a 10-0 run, and would not be caught again.

Lind hit the paint forcefully in the second half, pulling down rebounds and scoring put-back buckets. She finished with her second double-double of the year, and it was a substantial one (17 points, 16 rebounds), plus a steal and a blocked shot.

McCabe and Geving scored 10 points each. Geving also had seven rebounds, five steals, three assists and one blocked shot. McCabe chimed in with five boards, three steals and a block.

Nolte scored five points, grabbed eight rebounds, lifted four steals and blocked two shots.

Vickerman passed for three assists, scored two points and had a rebound.

Hanson had four rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Danielle Graves came in for two points.

The charity stripe favored neither team. Hope hit seven of 15 from the foul line, while M-C canned eight of 14.

Senior guard Jenna O'Laughlin led the Patriots with 20 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc. Senior forward Dakota Ellinghuysen added nine points.

M-C at Glenville-Emmons

On Friday, M-C traveled to Glenville-Emmons for win number three, demolishing the Wolverines, 66-29.

"We came out against Glenville-Emmons and shot the ball extremely well from two-point range," Wilder reported.

Hitting 21 of 45 overall (47 percent) in the first half, the Cougars took a commanding 44-9 lead into the locker room.

Ball handling by the visitors was also excellent, as M-C gave up no turnovers in the first half and only five in the second.

"Everyone on the team made great contributions to the win," Wilder said. The first half scoring blitz also allowed the M-C bench to get some additional minutes later in the game.

Geving had another double double (21 points, 11 rebounds). She also passed for five assists, lifted four steals and blocked a shot.

Lind was in double double figures as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds and five assists.

Vickerman hit for 17 points (including three treys), snagged seven rebounds, dished three assists and snagged a steal.

Nolte had two points, two steals, two rebounds and an assist.

Hanson had four rebounds, two points and a steal.

Chelcie Busch came in for two points and two boards.

Hannah Underbakke had three rebounds and two points.

Courtney Graves had four rebounds and two points.

Lexi Thorson passed for three assists and grabbed a rebound.

Senior guard Jaclyn Weitzel scored 11 for the Wolverines. Freshman Payton Cech scored eight, including two triples.

Up next

Weather permitting, Mabel-Canton will travel to Houston on Tuesday, Jan 28. Two nights later, Lyle/Pacelli visits Mabel.

SEC Girls Basketball through Jan. 28 games


Spring Grove11-0 SEC (12-4 season)

Mabel-Canton 8-2 SEC (9-6 season)

Houston 5-5 SEC (6-7 season)

Hope Lutheran 5-7 SEC (8-10 season)

Lanesboro 1-8 SEC (3-14 season)


Lyle/Pacelli 11-0 SEC (13-0 season)

Grand Meadow 7-4 SEC (8-8 season)

LeRoy-Ostranmder 5-6 SEC (7-7 season)

Schaeffer Academy 1-11 SEC (4-13 season)

Glenville-Emmons 0-11 SEC ( 0-12 season)

Monday, Jan. 28 results

Spring Grove 50, Lanesboro 29

Mabel-Canton at Houston postponed

Grand Meadow 52, Schaeffer Academy 34

Lyle/Pacelli 71, LeRoy-Ostrander 19