M-C girls end season with strong performance
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:46 AM
Hitting the road to Grand Meadow for a Sub-section 1A East quarterfinal matchup versus the Superlarks, Mabel-Canton put up a scrappy fight but came up short, 48-59.
Grand Meadow jumped out to a 13-1 lead four minutes into the game, and managed to hold off a determined effort by the Cougars to get back into the contest. Some good shooting and a few easy buckets due to M-C turnovers helped the hosts in the early going.
After the streak ended, the Grand Meadow offense played an efficient ball-control game, keeping the pace down and carefully passing to find open shots. In spite of initiating more passes, the 'Larks denied excessive turnovers to their frustrated opponents, who played from behind the entire night. The number of giveaways was about even, with 17 turnovers by GM and 16 for M-C.
The halftime score was 29-14.
Although Mabel-Canton cut the margin to single figures on a couple of occasions, the Superlarks were patient with shot selection and seemed to have an answering salvo ready every time M-C got inched to within 10-11 points.
"Audra Durham shot the ball extremely well, even when guarded tight," MC coach Adam Wilder noted. "They pushed their lead to 17 early into the second half, and we cut it to 10 at the 11 minute mark until they pushed it back up to 17."
The closest that Mabel-Canton got was at the end of the contest. With approximately two minutes to play, junior guard Carly McCabe hit her fourth three-point shot of the night to cut the lead to 9. Half a minute later senior guard Danielle Paul hit a trey and the margin was 8 (44-52).
M-C pressured to get the ball back, but the Cougars were forced to foul. Senior guard Ashley Crumb and sophomore guard Rachel Oehlke then calmly iced the game at the foul line.
Free throws helped the home team throughout. GM went to the line for 31 attempts, hitting 19 (61%). The Cougars only got 12 tries, netting 6.
McCabe finished with 18 points and 3 assists. Christy Welscher had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Coranda Vickerman canned 7 points and passed for 6 assists. She also had 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Sara Lind contributed 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Lydia Geving had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists. Paul had 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Amanda Rasmussen added 2 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.
"I was very proud of the way the girls never gave up, and never acted like it was over until the final buzzer," Wilder said. "The girls played hard and pushed Grand Meadow the whole way. Our seniors played well led by Christy Welscher, and Carly McCabe also had one of her best games of the year. Overall, the whole team played a pretty good game, but we just dug too deep of a hole to start the game and Grand Meadow knocked down some big free throws."
For the Superlarks, senior guard Durhman led all scorers with 20 points (including 6 for 6 from the foul line), and 10 rebounds. Autumn Thorsen and Courtney Olson had 13 points each.
McCabe was named KFIL Radio Player of the Game for M-C. Durhman earned the honor for GM. The Game Ball Award went to Olson.