Sara Lind shoots for two during the Cougars’ game against Wabasha-Kellogg last Thursday night in Mabel. She earned 11 points and 10 rebounds for the night.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Sara Lind shoots for two during the Cougars’ game against Wabasha-Kellogg last Thursday night in Mabel. She earned 11 points and 10 rebounds for the night. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton opened sub-section tournament play at home last Thursday, defeating Wabasha-Kellogg, 51-44. The fifth-seeded Cougars were led by senior guard Lydia Geving, who helped send the sixth seeded W-K Falcons packing.

Geving tallied 20 points through the whole game, passed for three assists, grabbed four rebounds and lifted a steal. She got the bulk of those shots (16 points) in the second half, after sitting out almost nine minutes due to two early fouls. Although it was not widely reported, official records indicate that the senior actually surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her career during the final regular season match versus Grand Meadow.

The Cougars and Falcons played neck and neck through most of the first half. M-C then took a slim 22-18 lead at intermission. Things were close in the second frame too, as W-K took a brief lead with about six minutes left to play, but the Cougars responded by outscoring the visitors 8-1 in the final 2:30.

Rebounds were key. Although M-C hit only 31 percent from the field, the Falcons were mostly limited to one shot per possession.

Free throws favored the visitors, who hit 12 of 20. M-C netted eight of 17 from the foul line.

Sara Lind had the double double with 11 points, 10 rebounds. She blocked a shot, snagged two steals and dished an assist as well. Coranda Vickerman had 10 points (including two triples), five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Hannah Nolte totaled 11 rebounds, eight points and two steals. Carly McCabe had four assists, four rebounds, four steals and two points. She also blocked a shot. Abby Hanson had four rebounds and a steal.

Senior center Lexi Kanz led the Falcons with 14 points, Nautika Kotero added 12, as did Rowan Blaschko.

On Tuesday, March 4 (after this issue went to press), M-C took on the number-one seed Rushford-Peterson at the Mayo Civic Auditorium in Rochester. The winner will play in the sub-section championship at the same venue on March 8.



Sub-section 1A East Girls Basketball 2014

#9 Lanesboro 63, #8 Houston 50

#7 Hope Lutheran 42, #10 Schaeffer Academy 38

Quarterfinals

#3 Spring Grove 64, #6 Kingsland 44

#2 Fillmore Central 48, #7 Hope Lutheran 45

#1 Rushford-Peterson 79, #9 Lanesboro 38

#4 Mabel-Canton 51, #5 Wabasha-Kellogg 44

Semi-finals

#1 Rushford-Peterson 68, #4 Mabel-Canton 60

#2 Fillmore Central 51, #3 Spring Grove 40

Finals, March 8 at Rochester 11 a.m. #2 Fillmore Central (14-12) vs. #1 Rushford-Peterson (22-4)



SEC Girls Basketball -FINAL

*division champions

EAST DIVISION

Spring Grove* 16-2 SEC (19-8 season)

Mabel-Canton 13-4 SEC (15-10 season)

Hope Lutheran 7-11 SEC (11-16) season Houston 7-11 SEC (8-15 season)

Lanesboro 5-12 SEC (8-19 season)

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli* 18-0 SEC (24-1 season)

LeRoy-Ostrander 10-7 SEC (12-12 season)

Grand Meadow 10-8 SEC (11-15 season)

Schaeffer Academy 2-15 (5-20 season)

Glenville-Emmons 0-17 SEC (0-21 season)