Chatfield started the girls basketball season with a 76-45 win over Southland Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Chatfield and followed it up with two more wins to go 3-0 for the week.

The Gophers had 12 girls score as it jumped to a comfortable lead early, taking a 43-22 halftime lead in the season opener at home.

"We did some good things defensively as far as attacking the ball, trapping, and getting in the passing lanes," said coach Brian Baum. "Since we do not have a lot of size, especially with Brook Irish out, we have to play an up-tempo game and have to force the other teams to play faster than they want. It is still a work in progress but I like what I saw. We ran the floor pretty well and shot fairly well for the first game."

Baum was pleased to get a number of players in the game, noting that the bench played well as "a lot of them were new to the speed of the varsity game."

Camille Rasmussen played her best game to date both offensively and defensively, said Baum, as she made five of eight shots from the field for 10 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Kirsten Keefe ran the show with great efficiency, he added, as she had five assists while scoring a team-high 12 points, nine of them on three-pointers. She also had four rebounds and two steals.

Sidney Irish was all over the floor and shot fine, noted Baum, scoring 11 points and tallying seven steals.

Sydney Gould came off the bench and played very well at both ends, scoring 10 points with a team-high eight rebounds along with three steals and three assists.

Also scoring for the Gophers were Morgan Henry with six points, Maddie Talamentes and Shelby Bernard with five each, Mariah Pederson, Megan LaPlante and Maddy Larrabee with four each, Maddy Kammer with three and Deanna Danielson with two points. Kammer and Bernard each had five of the team's 39 rebounds.

"It was a nice team win," said Baum. "It gave us a starting point and now we know what we need to spend some more time on both offensively and defensively."

At Fillmore Central

"It was a nice team win," said Baum. "Maddy Larrabee really had a nice game."

Larrabee made three of six shots from the field and finished with 10 points. She also had five rebounds, two steals and an assist in the 56-25 win at Fillmore Central.

Irish scored nine points and had a team-high five steals while Keefe also scored nine points while pulling down three rebounds and stealing the ball twice. Gould scored six points and led the team in rebounding with six. Henry added six points while leading the team in assists with three. Talamentes also scored six, Kammer had four points, LaPlante three, Bernard two and Rasmussen one.

The two teams played evenly for the first four minutes before the Gophers went on a run to finish the half with a 37-18 lead. They outscored the Falcons 19-7 in the second half.

Vs. Lourdes

In the final game of the week, Chatfield downed Rochester Lourdes 52-43 at home. The Gophers had a solid first half, leading 31-17 at the break, but had a bit of a lull in the second half while hanging on for the win despite being outscored 26-21.

Turnovers were one problem, said Baum, as there were 16 bad passes.

Keefe led the team in scoring with 13 points as she hit five of seven from the field. She also led the team in assists with four and pulled down four rebounds and recorded three steals.

Talamentes added eight points, Rasmussen and Gould seven each, Irish five, Kammer four and Henry three points.

Kammer led the team in rebounding with six while Rasmussen added five. Irish had a team-high four steals.

"It was a good week for us," said Baum. "The kids played hard and improved every game."

Up next

This week, the Gophers have Kingsland at home on Tuesday, although results weren't available for this edition, and St. Charles at home Friday. They take a break until Friday, Dec. 20, at home against Wabasha-Kellogg.