Sara Lind shoots over Spring Grove defender Jordan Anderson. Jon Speltz/Bluff Country News Group
Sara Lind shoots over Spring Grove defender Jordan Anderson. Jon Speltz/Bluff Country News Group
The Cougars took on two of the best teams in the conference and section last week.

Mabel-Canton at Spring Grove

On Thursday, Jan. 9, M-C traveled to Spring Grove. The Lions scored the final 12 points of the first half and maintained double-digit leads throughout the second, defeating Mabel-Canton 47-32.

In the early going, Spring Grove held only a slim 14-13 lead. After they changed defenses, the Cougars did not score again before SG went into the halftime locker room up 26-13.

"We were able to hang with SG for most of the first half," M-C coach Adam Wilder reported. "They switched up their defense and stalled out our offense to build a 13-26 halftime lead. We played even the second half but we were never able to cut into their lead. We also struggled shooting from the field and free throw line."

Despite 11 rebounds by Cougar senior forward Sara Lind and 10 boards from senior guard Lydia Geving, SG out-rebounded M-C 43 to 35.

Senior guard Carly McCabe led M-C scoring with 12 points. Lind and Geving each contributed seven. Abby Hanson hit for three points, Coranda Vickerman two, and Hannah Nolte one.

Neither team shot well from the field. The Lions posted 30 percent and the Cougars 26 percent success rates. The Lions actually recorded a better percentage from three-point range (36 percent, four for 11) than they did from closer in or at the free throw line. At the foul line M-C hit only three of 22 (14 percent) while SG sank seven of 22 free throws.

Lion post players Nicki Ellingson and Samantha Bratland led all scorers and were strong on the backboard. Ellingson had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Bratland added 16 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Arneson had five steals and five assists with only one turnover while sophomore Jordan Anderson passed out a career-high six assists along with six rebounds.

The Cougars came in with a chance to move into a tie atop the SEC East, but SG (8-2) improved to 7-0 in league play while M-C slipped two games off the pace at 5-2 (6-5 overall).

The Lion B team (5-4, 4-1 SEC) defeated the Cougars 38-24.

Mabel-Canton vs. Rushford-Peterson

Unbeaten R-P arrived in Mabel on Friday, out-scoring the Cougars 74-55.

Mabel-Canton trailed 38-32 at the half. Wilder noted that R-P only broke the contest open in the last 10 minutes of the game, and the Cougars actually took a brief lead during the second period.

"It seemed like we ran out of steam at the end," he said.

McCabe finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Geving scored 13, grabbed seven boards, two steals, and dished for an assist. Vickerman was also in double figures, with 10 points to go along with an assist and two steals. Lind had nine points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Nolte contributed eight points, four rebounds. Hanson had three boards.

The Cougars out-scored R-P 18-11 at the foul line, in spite of getting six fewer tries (28 to 34).

R-P was led by Brianna Koop with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six steals to her credit. Sierra McNamer added 16, dished for four assists and grabbed four rebounds off the offensive glass. Kendra Crawford and Hope Morrison netted 15 points apiece. Crawford passed for nine assists with only two turnovers. Morrison had four rebounds.

Up next

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Cougars were scheduled to host Lanesboro. Two nights later, Grand Meadow visits Mabel. On Monday, Jan 20, M-C travels to Schaeffer Academy and the next night faces Hope Lutheran at home.

Southeast Conference Girls Basketball through Jan. 13 games


Spring Grove 8-0 SEC (9-2 all)

Mabel-Canton 5-2 SEC (6-6 all)

Hope Lutheran 4-5 SEC (6-8 all)

Houston 3-4 SEC (4-6 all)

Lanesboro 1-4 SEC (3-10 all)


Lyle/Pacelli 7-0 SEC (8-0 all)

Grand Meadow 4-3 SEC (5-6 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 2-4 SEC (4-4 all)

Schaeffer Academy 1-6 (3-8 all)

Glenville-Emmons 0-7 SEC (0-8 all)