NEW ULM - Shutdown, lockdown, any way it's known, the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds used the penitentiary defense Tuesday night to beat the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs 55-36 in the first round of Section 2A, North Subsection playoffs.
Cathedral held a commanding 33-10 lead at halftime and spent almost the entire game breaking a full-court press by the Bulldogs.
"We knew what we had to do," Greyhounds coach Mary Dengerud said. "They're a quick, good team. We've had trouble breaking the trap in the past and tonight we did it. There's not a selfish bone in this team's body."
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Sleepy Eye’s Josie Schieffert grabs a rebound as teammate Sydney Remus (12) and Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Emily Wessel (22) look on during the Indians’ Section 2A playoff win Tuesday at MVL.
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The win means the third-seeded Greyhounds host seventh-seed Sleepy Eye at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Indians shocked the No. 2 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran Tuesday night.
While both teams played tough defense, there was no doubt who held the edge on offense and rebounding after the game started. Cathedral zoomed out to a 13-0 lead behind six points from Kristin Mohr, four points by Lisa Helget and a 3-pointer by Karlee Pfaff.
Midway through the half, the Greyhounds were up 15-5 and continued to build the lead to 23-5 with five minutes left after a drive and hoop by Paige Pautzke. In the meantime, the Greyhounds also blocked three shots and limited the Bulldog offense to long shots where they had no offensive boards.
Cathedral also took advantage of nine LP/HT turnovers, scoring 11 points in the first half off those miscues.
While the second half featured a bit more scoring from the Bulldogs, the pace of the game didn't change much. LP/HT continued the press, which consumed between 20-30 seconds of the clock every time the Greyhounds had possession of the ball. Plus, Anne Schwartz added two more blocked shots when the Bulldogs did try to penetrate the paint.
The result was a 39-21 lead for Cathedral with three-quarters of the game finished and no sense of urgency coming from the LP/HT offense, as well as a continuing paucity of offensive rebounds for the Bulldogs.
After a Helget layup with four minutes left in the game, the score was 47-27, with most of the remaining points coming from the free throw line for both teams.
The Greyhounds were led by Helget's 14 points, with Pautzke good for 12 and Kristi Larson and Pfaff each contributing nine.
Cathedral's record is 14-11.