The New Year wasn't kind to the M-C girls' basketball team, which suffered a pair of losses last week.

Mabel-Canton vs. Hope Lutheran

The Patriots came ready to play on Jan. 3, jumping to a 16-5 lead six minutes into the contest. The Cougars were able to make inroads on that margin several times, cutting the visitor's lead to nine (26-17) at the half. Mabel-Canton then got the lead down to three in the second period, but never overtook Hope during the game. The Patriots won the match by a score of 59-51.

"We had it within four with just over two minutes left, but we were unable to take advantage of our opportunities late and Hope was," M-C coach Adam Wilder reported.

Junior guard Lydia Geving led the Cougars with 16 points. Classmate Carly McCabe, also at guard, scored 15 (including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc) and had 3 steals. Junior forward Sara Lind added 8 points to the total and snagged 6 rebounds. Senior forward Christy Welscher had 17 rebounds and scored 7 points. She also had three steals. Eighth-grade starting guard Coranda Vickerman had 5 points and 5 assists.

Junior forward Tiahia Aune led the Pats with 19 points. Teammate Dakota Ellinghuysen added 15.

Mabel-Canton at Grand Meadow

The Superlarks defended their home court with a 45-39 victory over the Cougars on Friday, Jan. 4.

"The first half started slow and continued to be that way..." Wilder said. "Both teams struggled to knock down shots. We took some very good shots, but they were not falling for us."

With only 24 points totaled by both squads prior to the break, Grand Meadow led 15-9 as the teams headed for the locker room.

Mabel-Canton took the lead with seven minutes to play (35-30) on the strength of a pair of treys from Vickerman, plus three-pointers from Geving and McCabe.

G-M responded with a 15-4 run of their own to close out the contest.

Wilder noted that the Cougars biggest problem on the night was missed free throws. Mabel-Canton shot just 9-26 from the charity stripe.

Geving recorded 10 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds. Lind also had 10 points, along with 5 rebounds. Welscher had 9 points, a team-high 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Vickerman had 6 points and 3 assists. McCabe finished with 3 points, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds. Amanda Rasmussen added 1 point, 1 steal, an assist, and 2 rebounds.

Freshman center Rio Landers scored 12 points to lead the 'Larks on offense. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

Up next

The Cougars traveled to Fillmore Central on Jan. 7, defeating the Falcons 50-38. Look for complete details in next week's News-Record. The following night, they are scheduled to host Rochester Home School. On Jan. 11, the team travels to Lyle/Pacelli for a doubleheader.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 6 - 0 6 - 5

Hope Lutheran 4 - 3 10 - 3

Mabel-Canton 4 - 3 6 - 4

Lanesboro 2 - 3 3 - 6

Houston 1 - 4 2 - 6

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 1 8 - 1

Grand Meadow 5 - 2 6 - 5

LeRoy-Ostrander * 3 - 4 4 - 8

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 6 3 - 9

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 6 1 - 7