Chatfield girls remain undefeated with
tourney title; to face 8-0 D-E Tuesday
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 2:35 AM
Chatfield kept its record perfect in girls basketball with two wins in a tournament at Annandale last weekend.
The Gophers resume Three Rivers Conference play Thursday at 5-2 Winona Cotter and then face a team, Dover-Eyota, that has the same 8-0 record the Gophers do, at Eyota Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The Eagles have a high-powered offense, racking up as many as 102 points in a game this season and never scoring fewer than 70 points in any of its games.
In contrast, Chatfield's highest score was 76 in the first game of the season. However, the Gophers allowed its first opponent to score more than 50 points on Saturday and have held three teams to 33 points or fewer.
The two nine-point wins in the Annandale tourney tied for the closest margin of victory this year for Chatfield.
Against host Annandale, the Gophers "played very well against a good team," said coach Brian Baum about the 49-40 win in the tourney opener.
Annandale had been averaging more than 60 points per game, but the Gophers played well defensively, said Baum, holding down an "explosive and bigger" team.
The one negative was that the Gophers had 26 turnovers, but it was a "great team win," said Baum. The Gophers led 19-16 at the half and outscored Annandale 30-24 in the second half.
Kirsten Keefe had a quality game, leading the team in scoring with 18 points while pulling down four rebounds, getting five steals and dishing out four assists.
Sydney Gould added nine points and led the team in rebounding with seven. Maddie Talamantes added seven points to go along with three rebounds, two steals and two assists. Maddy Larrabee scored six points and had four rebounds. Brook Irish had four rebounds and three steals to go along with two points. Maddy Kammer had three rebounds and one point. Camille Rasmussen and Morgan Henry each had three points.
Henry, a senior, had "her career game" to lead the Gophers to a 61-52 win over Eden Valley-Watkins in the championship game with "good hustle and effort off the bench," said Baum. She scored 12 points, matching sophomore Megan LaPlante, who also had her career game to date with "great hustle off the bench."
Talamantes was "her steady self," contributing 11 points, but "just as important, was her tremendous defense and hustle," said Baum. "She was fun to watch."
Keefe, also had her "usual control the game stuff," said Baum, as she handled their pressure and kept the Gophers under control "when things got a little scary." She ended up with eight points and had four steals and three assists.
The Gophers led just 33-31 at the half, but had a 28-21 advantage in the second half.
Brook Irish, who missed the start of the season "continues to improve with every minute that she plays," said Baum. "Defensively, she played well, but it will take some time for her to get her footwork and timing down; just glad to have her back." She had four points and four rebounds.
Larrabee added six points while Gould had five points and five rebounds. Kammer had two points and two rebounds while Rasmussen had one point, three rebounds and two assists.
Sidney Irish didn't see action, but Baum said she is "mending nicely" and the Gophers hope to have her back with the team in the next week or so.
"That is how this team will be all year; we have so many people who can contribute on any given night," noted the coach. "Tonight our bench saved us as they scored 33 of our 61 points and played good defense; not too many teams can say that."
He notes that the schedule will get more difficult over the next couple weeks, but he is "very proud of this team and how they are playing. We still have a lot of work to do to get ourselves to be more consistent, but I like the direction we are heading."