Hunter Johnson gets a shot off and into the basket during the Cougars’ game against the Riceville Wildcats on Monday, Dec. 2. The Cougars secured the win, 59-35. Also shown is Cougar Mackenzie Nelson. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Hunter Johnson gets a shot off and into the basket during the Cougars’ game against the Riceville Wildcats on Monday, Dec. 2. The Cougars secured the win, 59-35. Also shown is Cougar Mackenzie Nelson. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton defeated the Riceville Wildcats 59-35 on Monday, Dec 2. Four days later the Wolverines of Glenville-Emmons visited Mabel, only to fall 70-44.

M-C vs. Riceville

Playing in Mabel, the Cougars scored the first few buckets in each half. The Wildcats responded in the first period, taking an 8-7 lead and holding off M-C until Keyser Wenthold hit a trey 10 seconds before halftime, giving M-C a 24-23 lead at the break.

When play resumed, the Cougars began to put some distance between themselves and their guests.

The Wildcats struggled against the Cougars' full-court defensive pressure and were outscored 35-12 in the second period. Riceville, a state-ranked team in football, had several physically imposing players on the floor at all times.

M-C returned senior guards Hunter Johnson and Noah Manning from the injured list, but senior center Collin O'Bieglo and senior guard Joe Wathier were still unable to play.

Manning hit for 14 points, snagged four rebounds, five steals, and dished five assists with only one turnover. Donnie Lind and Justin Ward added 11 points each and Lind completed his double double with 10 boards and a couple of blocked shots.

Johnson scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds and had two thefts. Mac Nelson had six offensive and three offensive rebounds and chipped in six points. Wenthold finished with five points and two rebounds.

Emilio Gomez led the Wildcats with 14 points. Logan Sheldenhelm and Colton Reddel added six points each.

M-C vs. Glenville-Emmons

The Wolverines arrived with a record of 3-1, but spent the night playing catch-up to the Cougars.

Junior forward Marshal Hall hit the first bucket of the night, but that was the only lead the visitors would enjoy. M-C scored the next nine points and never looked back.

M-C forced 32 turnovers while only losing the ball 15 times. Some quick hands helped. The Cougars lifted the ball 16 times while only losing two possessions to G-E steals. Adding to Wolverine woes was a dismal night at the foul line, where they canned only one of 13 attempts.

Ward led the Cougars with 18 points (nine of 15). Nelson and freshman guard Wayne Ross totaled 10 points each. O'Bieglo returned to the court, scoring seven points (including the only M-C three-pointer), blocking a shot, and grabbing a rebound. Lind also hit for seven.

M-C edged G-E on the boards, 33-30. Nelson led with eight rebounds, followed by six each for Lind and Manning. Ward grabbed five.

Freshman forward Derek Van Ryswyk led the Wolverines with 13 points. Senior guard Gavin Allison chipped in 12, while classmate Justice Haines scored eight.

Up next:

Mabel-Canton travels to Lyle/Pacelli on Friday, Dec. 13. The following evening the Cougars host a non-conference game when St. Charles visits Mabel. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, M-C travels to Rushford-Peterson.