Chatfield didn't play its best game, but the Gophers got their ninth straight win of the season as they downed Winona Cotter 56-45 in girls basketball action on Thursday.

The Gophers led the whole way and had a 31-22 halftime lead, but Cotter cut that lead down to five points with about five minutes left in the game. However, Maddy Larrabee and Kirsten Keefe hit "huge threes" to push the lead back up to 10, said coach Brian Baum.

Baum said he was disappointed with the rebounding as Cotter had a 33-23 advantage. Besides being outrebounded, they were "at times outhustled," he added, "but we found a way to win."

The team shot free throws well, making 10 of 15, and also shot well from three-point range, making five of nine with Keefe getting two and Larrabee three. The team made just 13 of 39 two-pointers.

Larrabee led the team in scoring with 16 points while Keefe and Maddie Talamantes each scored nine. Sydney Gould led the team in rebounding with six. Keefe and Camille Rasmussen each had five rebounds and Brook Irish added four.

Keefe had six steals and four assists to lead the team in both categories.

Also scoring were Irish with six points, Rasmussen and Morgan Henry with four points each, Megan LaPlante and Gould with three points each and Maddy Kammer with two points.

The Gophers were scheduled to travel to Dover-Eyota Tuesday, Jan. 7, and then travel to Lewiston-Altura on Thursday before returning for a home game Tuesday, Jan. 14, against Plainview-Elgin-Millville.