Rasmussen nails three three's in Caledonia win; playoffs start Thursday
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:30 AM
The Chatfield girls basketball team was scheduled to travel to Rushford-Peterson Monday, after press deadline, to finish up the regular season against the Trojans. This was a premier match-up between two very good teams. The Gophers (18-0, 21-0) are the top seed in the 1AA-East Sub-section, and Rushford-Peterson (15-3, 20-3) is the No. 1 seed in the 1A-East.
Maddie Talamantes of the Gophers hauls in a pass vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Due to poor weather conditions, the Chatfield game against Dover-Eyota, another quality team, was cancelled, but the gals did manage to get in a game with Caledonia and picked up a win, 70-48, to remain undefeated for the season. With the win over the Warriors, Chatfield clinched the crown in the Three Rivers-South. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (18-2, 22-4) won the TRC-North. The Bulldogs got the No. 2 seed in the 1AA-East, and will play Caledonia on Thursday.
Chatfield will host No. 8 Lewiston-Altura Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m. The winner plays Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in Rochester.
In the win over Caledonia last Tuesday, 11 different girls scored in the game, and every girl that played, got into the stat book. It was also Parents Night. In addition to honoring the parents, Chatfield also honored the four seniors on the squad: Morgan Henry, Sidney Irish, Mariah Pederson and Camille Rasmussen.
"We led start-to-finish," said coach Brian Baum. "It was great to see us play well, with energy on Parents Night. It was a fun game, and a great game for the seniors to go out on their home floor on their last Parents Night."
Baum said the team got "great games" from Camille Rasmussen, who scored 11 points and knocked down three three's, Brook Irish, who scored 12 points, and Maddie Talamantes, who put in 10 points. Rasmussen, who had only taken three three's so far in the season, went four-for-seven from the field, and three for four from "downtown."
Kirsten Keefe was shut out in the scoring column, but turned in a good floor game, with four rebounds, three steals and a team-high five assists. Also shining on the floor was Sydney Gould, with three boards, three steals and four "Pistol Pete" assists. She's got one of the best no-look dishes in the area. Also, 5'6" guard Megan LaPlante was tops in rebounding, pulling down a team-high seven.
It was a good shooting game for the Lady Gophers, one of their best of the season. The gals knocked down 42.6 percent (29/68) of their shots from the field. Individually, nine girls were at 40 percent or better: Sidney Irish (3/7), Maddy Kammer (2/4), Brook Irish (4/8), Camille Rasmussen (4/7), Maddy Larrabee (3/6), Maddie Talamantes (5/9), Cassidy Kloes (1/2), Sydney Gould (2/5) and Brooke Adler (2/3).
"Everyone played good minutes and everyone did some good things," concluded Baum.
Official stats weren't available from the Plainview-Elgin-Millville game from the previous week, but here are a couple comments and the stats for that win over PEM.
Chatfield was 18 of 20 from the charity line against the Bulldogs: Sidney Irish (4/4), Kammer (2/2), Keefe (2/2), Brook Irish (3/4), Talamantes (5/6) and Henry (2/2). Excellent!
Keefe was six-for-nine from the field and finished the night with a team high 15 points. Also in double-figures were S. Irish (11) and B. Irish (11). Keefe also had team highs in steals (5) and assists (3).
Megan LaPlante was two-for-two from three-point range.
Brook Irish had a double-double, pulling down 11 boards to go with her 11 points.
Scoring vs. PEM (fg-ftm/fta-tp): S Irish 3-4/4-11, Kammer 1-2/2-4, Keefe 6-2/2-15, B Irish 4-3/4-11, Rasmussen 1-0-2, LaPlante 3-0-8, Talamantes 1-5/6-9, Henry 1-2/2-4, team 21-18/20-63. Three's, 4: S Irish, Keefe, LaPlante (2).