The Cougars hosted Grand Meadow on Friday, then traveled to Spring Grove the following day.

Mabel-Canton vs. GM

M-C was defeated by Grand Meadow 62-45 in girls' basketball on Feb. 1.

The Superlarks raced out to an 11-0 lead during the opening minutes. After the Cougars closed to within two (20-18) GM went on a 21-0 tear which was only ended with halftime.

M-C fought back, outscoring GM in the second period. Unfortunately for the home team, it wasn't enough to catch their high-flying opponents.

GM held a slim (26-25) edge on the backboards. Turnovers also favored the visitors, 20-18. Some nifty passing also helped the 'Larks, who recorded 19 assists to Mabel-Canton's 11.

Lydia Geving scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Cougars. She was matched by Christy Welscher's dozen. Abby Hanson added 9, while Sara Lind had 6. Danielle Paul scored four points.

Audra Durhman scored 21 points for the 'Larks. She also passed for 5 assists with only 2 turnovers. Autumn Thorson added 18. Each netted four treys.

M-C at Spring Grove

Spring Grove topped the Cougars 75-45 on Saturday, Feb. 2, clinching another SEC East title.

The home team roared off to a 14-4 lead and started the second half with a 23-7 run. That put the game out of reach, since the Lions led 48-26 at the break.

The Cougars were able to play on equal terms for much of the night, but could not get enough defensive stops to cut into the deficit on the scoreboard. M-C shot a good 41 percent from the field but was plagued by fouls and turnovers from the outset. While The Lions went through their first 22 possessions without a turnover, the Cougars had 22 turnovers in the first half against an aggressive Spring Grove full-court press and half-court man-to-man defense. M-C fared better in the second half with 10 turnovers against two Lion zone defenses.

Just a minute and 20 seconds into the game, two Cougar starters had gone to the bench with two fouls each. The Lions were shooting 1-and-1 bonus free throws after only four and half minutes of play.

Spring Grove scored 17 points at the foul line (17 for 28) while allowing the Cougars only five trips to the charity stripe where they sank 2 of 8 free throws.

The Lions shot well from everywhere, matching their season-high 55 percent from three-point range (6 for 11 by four different players). They sank a lower percentage (43 percent) from closer in.

Once again, Spring Grove was balanced, with five Lions scoring in double figures and six players pulling down between 3 and 6 rebounds each. Four Lion ladies had more assists than turnovers while five had at least 3 steals.

Geving battled foul trouble but still led M-C scorers with 14 points along with 6 rebounds. Welscher, also suffering foul problems, finished with 8 points and another 6 rebounds. Lind added another 8 points and 5 rebounds while Coranda Vickerman passed out 6 assists.

The Cougars competed best on the boards. Each team totaled an identical 11 offensive and 19 defensive rebounds.

Spring Grove senior guard Addison Cross went 3 for 3 beyond the three-point arc to take scoring honors with 18 points. She also had 5 rebounds and a game-high 5 steals along with 2 assists.

Including an earlier 61-35 win at M-C, the Lions improved to 16-6 (13-0 SEC) while the Cougars left at 10-8 (6-7 SEC).

Up next

On Monday, Feb. 4, the Cougars traveled to Lyle-Pacelli for a make-up game. The Athletics won the contest 70-27. Details in next week's News-Record. On Thursday M-C takes a trip to Rochester to play Schaeffer Academy. The following night Lyle-Pacelli visits Mabel-Canton for a doubleheader.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season


Spring Grove * 14- 0 16 - 6

Hope Lutheran 8 - 6 14 - 6

Mabel-Canton 6 - 8 10 - 9

Lanesboro 6 - 8 7 -13

Houston 3 -10 4 -14

*clinched division championship


Lyle/Pacelli 12- 2 18 - 2

Grand Meadow 10 -4 12 - 8

LeRoy-Ostrander 7 - 7 8 -13

Schaeffer Acad 3 -11 6 -14

G-E 0 -13 1 -16