Team thanks fans! Gals are one game short
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:08 AM
A balanced scoring attack wasn't enough to overcome the
The Chatfield Gophers with their Section runner-up medals and trophy. Photo by Bill Bentson.
outstanding performance of one Zumbrota-Mazeppa player, putting the
Chatfield girls basketball team on the short end of a 56-52 score,
and a trip to the 2012 State Tournament.
Four Gopher gals scored 10 points each, but Ashley Hinsch
(Z-M) had 31 points, and single-handedly maneuvered through the
Chatfield defense repeatedly. "We didn't have an answer for Hinsch
(Ashley)," said Coach Brian Baum. "When we did a good job on her,
someone else would hit a big shot for them," he added.
Tied for the lead in scoring for Chatfield, all with 10
points, were sophomore Sidney Irish, junior MaKenzie Miller, and
seniors Sarah Costello and Erin Kammer. "I actually thought we
played pretty well," said Coach Baum. "We just couldn't get that
loose ball when we needed it, or hit any key free throws down the
stretch. That, and the foul trouble hurt us, especially losing Sarah
(Costello). We definitely had the start we wanted. It was a great
game and a great game of runs. We just didn't get it done. This one
will hurt for a while, but like I told the girls, after a few days
they will look back and realize what a great season they had. I am
proud of not only what they accomplished, but how they accomplished
it and their attitude at practice and games. I looked forward to
every practice and game, and believe me, said Coach Baum, that
doesn't happen every year. What a great group of kids, led by our
six great seniors, Erin, Kyndra, Karen, Sarah and our two great
managers, Katie and Bailee. It was a great ride!" The girls and
coaches want to say a big thank you to our fans, who came out in full
force last Thursday. It was awesome!
In other stats, Sarah Costello led the team with eight
rebounds and hit 6/6 at the free throw line. Erin Kammer led the
team with four assists and freshman Kirsten Keefe had a team high
Others who scored for Chatfield; Candace Gould (3), Kyndra
Neis (3), Traci McDonald (4) and Kirsten Keefe (2).
Chatfield finished their season with an overall record of
21-8, including the Section runner-up trophy. They Lady Gophers were
14-4 in the TRC, good for a tie for third with Caledonia.