With four opponents in five days, the Cougars went 2-2 during the final week of regular-season action. The team finished 13-12 overall heading into the playoffs.

Mabel-Canton at La Crescent

On Monday Feb. 11, M-C traveled to Class AA La Crescent of the Hiawatha Valley League, coming up on the short end of the stick, 65-38.

M-C coach Adam Wilder told KFIL radio that the busy schedule of the last two weeks has left little time to practice, but the Cougars have enjoyed all the playing time. "We've been pretty busy with some good competition," he noted.

Even though the Lancers won big, "It was only a 13 point game with about 10 minutes left," Wilder said. "The girls hung in there strong up until about that point.

"After that La Crescent kind of showed the kind of (bigger school) conference they play in."

Carly McCabe and Lydia Geving shared scoring honors for M-C, totaling 13 points apiece. Sara Lind poured in 6, while Amanda Rasmussen (4 points) and Christy Welscher (2 points) also got on the board.

Welscher grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, lifted two steals and passed for an assist. Geving had 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Lind snagged 5 rebounds and added a steal and an assist. McCabe had 4 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist.

La Crescent was led by junior guard Katie Waller, who scored 23 points.

Mabel-Canton versus Hope Lutheran

The following night, M-C defeated Hope Lutheran by a score of 53-35.

The matchup was supposed to be an away game for M-C, but Hope had a scheduling conflict with the gym they utilize, so the Cougars had the novel experience of being hosted on their own court.

Geving led Cougar scoring with 19 points. She completed the double-double by recording 10 rebounds, and also had 3 steals. Both Lind and McCabe had 9 points. Coranda Vickerman scored 8 points. Welscher had 4 points. Abby Hanson and Rasmussen scored 2 each.

Welscher was again the top rebounder for M-C, with 12 boards on the night as well as 2 blocked shots. Lind had 5 rebounds, while McCabe grabbed 4.

McCabe dished out 6 assists, as did eighth-grade starter Vickerman. Danielle Paul passed for 4 assists.

The Patriots were led by junior guard Jenna O'Laughlin, who scored 19 points.

Mabel-Canton at Rushford-Peterson

Traveling to R-P on Thursday, the Cougars were beaten 61-20.

With excellent defensive pressure, the Trojans forced numerous turnovers and scored some easy baskets in transition.

"They really impressed me..." Wilder said. "They've changed a lot of what they do, especially since the halfway point in the season."

Welscher and Geving had 6 points each. Lind hit for 4, while McCabe scored 3 points and Hanson 1.

Lind won rebound honors, with 6. Geving had 4, followed by Welscher and Vickerman, who had 3 each.

Geving had 4 assists. She, Welscher, and Vickerman lifted 2 steals each.

Senior forward Amy Todd scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Trojans.

Mabel-Canton versus Houston

On Friday Feb. 15, M-C hosted Houston winning 64-55.

It was senior night, and Welscher, Rasmussen, and Danielle Paul were honored.

It was also double-double time for Welscher, who scored 20 points and snagged 12 rebounds, leading the team in both departments. Geving hit for 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and lifted 5 steals. She was also credited with 4 assists. Lind had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. Danielle Paul sank two treys, scoring 8 points. She also had 2 assists with no turnovers and 3 rebounds. Senior Rasmussen and Vickerman each scored 5 points. Rasmussen hit 3 big free-throws at the end and had 5 rebounds and an assist. Vickerman had 2 steals and led the team in assists, passing for a season-high 10 with only 4 turnovers. McCabe had 2 points and was the second-leading rebounder on the team with 8.

Junior center Abby Loken was responsible for almost half of the Hurricanes' total, scoring 31 points.

Up next

Sub-section seedings placed the Cougars at No. 6. They travel to third-seed Grand Meadow on Thursday, Feb. 21, to open post-season play. The winner of that contest advances to the semi-final round at Mayo Auditorium on Feb. 25.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 18 - 0 20 - 6

Hope Lutheran 10 - 8 17 - 8

Mabel-Canton 9 - 9 13 -12

Lanesboro 6 -12 7 -18

Houston 4 -14 5 -18

* division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli* 16 - 2 22 - 3

Grand Meadow 13 - 5 15 -10

LeRoy-Ostrander 11 - 7 12 -13

Schaeffer Academy 3 -15 6 -18

Glenville-Emmons 0 -18 1 -23