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Loyola tops Greyhounds

December 2, 2012
Jim Bastian - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Journal
NEW ULM — This was not the kind of first game performance that New Ulm Cathedral head girl’s basketball coach Mary Dengerud wanted to see out of her team. The Greyhounds were whistled for 34 fouls and sent Mankato Loyola to the free throw line 45 times (with the Crusaders making 21 of them) as Loyola topped Cathedral 56-44 Saturday in non-conference play. Lisa Helget led Cathedral with 10 points while Jordyn Strachen paced Loyola with 12 points. “We were very sloppy tonight,” said Dengerud whose team was also guilty of 29 turnovers. “I was surprised by how we played — I thought that we would play with more confidence tonight than we did. But we are still trying to find out who we are.” Cathedral held only one lead — that at 1-0 on a Helget free throw — before the Crusaders ran off to an 11-4 lead thanks to two free throws each from Alyssa Mettler and Annie Nawrocki. Two free throws from Cathedral’s Lindsay Simon eventually sliced the lead to 15-13. Buckets later from Helget and Karlee Pfaff kept the Greyhounds close at 18-17. But a basket from Mettler and a conventional three-point play from Lindsay Theuninck off a Greyhound turnover lifted Loyola to a 23-17 lead. A free throw from Molly Forst to end the first half saw the Greyhounds down 26-23. Helget’s basket at the 14-minute mark of the second half knotted the game at 29-29 before 3s from Lindsay Theuninck and Ann Dose pulled Loyola into a 35-29 lead. Free throws from Cathedral’s Paige Pautzke and Helget along with a Pfaff bucket cut the Loyola lead to 37-35 with 5:50 left in the game. But the Crusaders went on a 10-3 run to increase their lead to 47-38. “We work very hard defensively and we cannot give a team 45 free throws,” Dengerud said. “That is unacceptable. We got a lot of fouls on rebounds. It was not our defense that was the problem — we were just sloppy.” The Crusaders increased their lead to 52-39 on a Jordyn Strachen basket off another Cathedral turnover with three minutes left to cruise to the win. Cathedral won the “B” game 41-38.

Article Photos

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Lindsay Simon (left) takes a shot as Jordan Strachan of Mankato Loyola defends on the play during the first half Saturday at CHS in New Ulm.



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