The M-C girls' basketball team went 1-2 last week, traveling to Lyle and Rochester before returning home on Friday to host the same team they played Monday night.

Mabel-Canton at Lyle/Pacelli

Even though the Cougars got off to a good start, leading 12-8 ten minutes into the contest, the Athletics wound up winning 70-27 on Monday, Feb. 4. The matchup was a make-up for a game originally scheduled for January 11.

"They were able to get some easy buckets off of their press and we went cold shooting the ball," coach Adam Wilder noted. By halftime, M-C trailed 37-19.

Sara Lind scored 11 points for M-C. Christy Welscher added 10 to team totals. Amanda Rasmussen had 4 points, while Carly McCabe and Conner Benson had 1 point each.

The L/P press made the difference, shutting down the Cougars and fueling transition points. L/P Coach Brad Walter said later that his team refrained from using the full-court defense early on to avoid foul trouble.

Freshman forward Sarah Holtz had 17 points for L/P. It was the sixth-straight win for the Athletics, who occupy first place in the SEC West.

Mabel-Canton at Schaeffer Academy

Thursday found the Cougars traveling for a game with SA. They defeated the Lions 54-35.

"The girls came out and played one of our best halves of basketball," Wilder noted. "They took care of the ball against their press and we were able to get quality open shots. Schaefer made a run at us in the second half but the girls responded with a 10 to about 2 run to end the game."

M-C led at the half by a score of 27-10.

Welscher scored 13 points and Lind contributed 10. McCabe and Geving had 9 each. Danielle Paul poured in 5 points, while Vickerman added 4. Abby Hanson had 3.

Senior forward Jarika Tuohimaa led the Lions with 14 points.

Mabel-Canton versus Lyle/Pacelli

The Cougars did a better job against L/P on Friday, but still came up short by a score of 64-30.

"This game mirrored the game from Monday," Wilder noted. "We started well and had it to 13 points with a minute before halftime. In the second half their shooters took over. We did much better against their pressure but struggled shooting the ball."

Geving had 9 points in the rematch, with Welscher adding 7. Lind and McCabe scored 5 points each. Danielle Paul had 2 points, while Vickerman and Sara Vettleson-Trutza had one each.

The Cougars suffered their lowest scoring percentage for the year, hitting just 20 percent from the field.

Welscher led the team on the boards, with 6 defensive and 2 offensive rebounds. Lind had 6 rebounds, while Vickerman picked up 3. Geving and Rasmussen had 2 boards each. Benson had one rebound.

Geving and Welscher had 3 steals each, while McCabe had 2.

Freshman guard Courtney Walter had 17 points for the Athletics.

Up next:

It will be a busy week for Mabel-Canton. A make-up contest was played Monday, Feb. 11, at La Crescent. The Lancers won that one, 64-35. Details will be in next week's News-Record. On Tuesday Feb. 12, the Cougars host Hope Lutheran. Thursday brings a road trip to Rushford-Peterson. On Friday the final regular season game will feature Houston at Mabel-Canton.


GIRLS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove * 16 - 0 18 - 6

Hope Lutheran 10 - 6 17 - 6

Mabel-Canton 7 - 9 11 -10

Lanesboro 6 -10 7 -15

Houston 3 -12 4 -16

*clinched division championship


Lyle/Pacelli* 14 - 2 20 - 2

Grand Meadow 11 - 5 13 - 9

LeRoy-Ostrander 9 - 7 10 -13

Schaeffer Academy 3 -13 6 -16

Glenville-Emmons 0 -15 1 -19