The Cougars bounced back from a pair of setbacks from the year's first week of play, recording back-to-back wins on Monday, Jan. 7, and Tuesday Jan. 8. A third game at Lyle/Pacelli was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, but was postponed until Feb. 4.

Mabel-Canton at Fillmore Central

Winning 50-38 in Harmony, M-C utilized tough defense and rebounding in the second half to pull away after an even-steven (20-19) start.

The Falcons utilized half-court pressure to derail the M-C defense early on, but the Cougars worked the ball to the high post late in the game to good effect.

Senior forward Christy Welscher led M-C with a double/double 14 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals and a blocked shot. Junior guard Lydia Geving was also in double figures, scoring 13 points, snagging 6 rebounds and contributing 4 assists with only 3 turnovers. Junior Carly McCabe chipped in 8 points and had 4 rebounds off the defensive glass. Senior Danielle Paul added 7 points and 5 rebounds. Junior Sara Lind had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Eighth-grade starter Coranda Vickerman nailed her only shot attempt for three points. She also contributed 5 assists.

Senior guard Jordan O'Conner led the Falcons with 14 points.

Mabel-Canton vs. Rochester Area Home School

"They are by far the tallest team we have played all year," M-C coach Adam Wilder told KFIL radio a few days after his Cougars' bested the Defenders 42-38 in Mabel.

With at least one player reaching six feet and a couple more topping 5-11, matchups were a problem for M-C guards, Wilder said. "They really gave us a lot of trouble early on," he added.

RAHS took a 23-22 margin into the locker room, and the outlook could have been worse if the Cougars hadn't begun their comeback by forcing a series of turnovers late in the first period.

Wilder said that M-C once again worked the boards to out-score the Defenders 20-15 in the second half of play.

"They are a talented team," he remarked. "They are probably one point guard away from being a really good team."

Geving led all scorers with 21 points. Vickerman added 9, while Lind hit for 7. Welscher chipped in 3, while McCabe added 2.

In the battle of the boards, M-C leaders were McCabe with 5 and Lind with 3. Welscher, Geving and Amanda Rasmussen had 2 apiece. Vickerman led in thefts, with 4. She also led in assists, passing for 7 with only 3 turnovers. Welscher and Geving had 3 steals each.

Senior Rachel Hart contributed 15 points to the Defenders' total. She has led the team this year in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. RAHS dropped to 6-3 with the loss.

Up next

The Cougars travel to Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Three days later they host LeRoy-Ostrander. On Monday, Jan. 21, Lanesboro will visit M-C.

Southeast Conference 2013

GIRLS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 8 - 0 9 - 6

Hope Lutheran 5 - 3 11 - 3

Mabel-Canton 4 - 3 8 - 4

Houston 2 - 5 3 - 8

Lanesboro 2 - 6 3 - 10

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 1 11- 1

Grand Meadow 6 - 2 7 - 6

LeRoy-Ostrander * 4 - 4 5 - 8

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 7 4 -10

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 7 1 - 9