Danielle Paul (22) leads the charge down the court after rebounding the ball from LeRoy-Ostrander. Also shown are Cougars Hannah Nolte (20), at left, and Christy Welscher (2).
Danielle Paul (22) leads the charge down the court after rebounding the ball from LeRoy-Ostrander. Also shown are Cougars Hannah Nolte (20), at left, and Christy Welscher (2).
For the Mabel-Canton girls' basketball team, two conference matches were decided by a total of three points last week.

Mabel-Canton at Houston

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, M-C traveled to Houston, defeating the Hurricanes 51-49. "It was a hard-fought game right from the tip-off," coach Adam Wilder said later. Speaking to KFIL radio, Wilder noted that the Cougars had three starters in foul trouble by halftime, and M-C used several girls who hadn't played a lot to catch the Hurricanes, who had sprinted to a 9-0 lead. As the teams headed for the locker room at the break, the score was knotted at 22-all. "It was a tough, physical game," Wilder said. "The second half went back and forth the whole way."

In such a close game, making free throws is paramount. M-C hit 50 percent (11 of 22) from the charity stripe. But Houston went only 5 of 16 from the line. Wilder gave credit to the Cougar defense for holding on during the last minute and a half to secure the win.

For M-C, Christy Welscher had 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sara Lind scored 12 points while snagging 7 rebounds. Lydia Geving added 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists with only one turnover. Coranda Vickerman scored 6 points, dished out 6 assists, and grabbed three thefts. Carly McCabe totaled 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists, and 4 points.

Junior center Abby Loken sparked the Hurricanes with 16 points, 3 rebounds. Kelly Jerviss scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high 13 boards along with 5 steals. Vanessa Lee had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Courtney Johnson added 8 points.

Mabel-Canton vs. LeRoy-Ostrander

Three nights later LeRoy-Ostrander visited Mabel, squeaking out a 61-60 win.

"Really, our free-throws kept us in the game during the first half," Wilder said, noting that the Cougars hit 10 of 12 from the line before the break. Even so, buoyed by some accurate three-point shooting, the Cardinals took a 31-29 lead into the locker room.

Cardinal Jessica Jennings wound up as the game's leading scorer, knocking down five treys on the way to a 20-point performance. The senior guard also had 4 steals and 3 rebounds.

L-O overcame a 4-point M-C advantage during the last minutes through a pair of out-of-bounds plays. The first netted a trey, and the second giving the Cards a one-point lead.

Christy Welscher scored 14 for the Cougars. Lydia Geving and Sara Lind hit for 13 each. Carly McCabe added 7.

Welscher had 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Geving contributed 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. Lind had 7 rebounds and a steal. McCabe snagged 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Danielle Paul had 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists.

For the Cardinals, Becca Bunne added 16 points while Laura Stevenson chipped in 10.

L-O enjoyed a slight (65 percent to 59 percent) advantage at the free throw line. As a team, the Cardinals hit for 8 treys, while M-C only got one.

"It was a good game for us, I know the girls learn a lot from those games when the scores are close," Wilder noted. "It was a good week even though we finished 1-1."

Up next

The Cougars hosted Lanesboro on Monday, Jan. 21, losing by a score of 45-34. Look for complete details in next week's News-Record. On Friday Jan. 25, M-C travels to Glenville-Emmons. A trip to La Crescent is planned for Jan. 28.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 10- 0 11 - 6

Hope Lutheran 6 - 4 12 - 4

Mabel-Canton 5 - 4 9 - 5

Houston 3 - 6 4 - 9

Lanesboro 2 - 8 3 -12

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 8 - 2 9 - 6

Lyle/Pacelli 7 - 2 12- 2

LeRoy-Ostrander * 6 - 4 7 - 8

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 9 4 -12

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 9 1 -11