NEW ULM - The New Ulm Cathedral girl's basketball team fell to Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 52-32 in a nonconference Section 2A matchup on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (11-8, 7-2 Minnesota Christian Athletic) were led by Courtney Scoblic with 18 points, 13 of them coming in the second half.
Kristin Mohr and Lindsay Simon had eight points apiece for the Greyhounds (11-7, 7-5 Tomahawk).
The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run after Madi Radtke hit a running hook 6 minutes into the 1st half. After a Greyhound bucket made it 9-4, Scoblic made a conventional three-point play to put LP/HT up by eight.
"I felt like we came out and let them dictate the tempo," said Cathedral coach Jeremy Drexler. "We missed a bunch of bunnies early on."
Karlea Kyllo, who had 11 first-half points, hit a 3-pointer with 5:34 to go in the first half to make it 21-5. But the Greyhound defense clamped down and didn't let the Bulldogs have a single point the rest of the half.
"Fortunately our defense kept us in it," Drexler said.
The second half was more of a back-and-forth half as the Greyhounds tried to get back in it.
After two free throws from Mohr, Megan Laraway made a basket to pull Cathedral to within nine.
After a couple 3-pointers from Radtke and one from Steph Lohse, the Bulldogs mounted their largest lead of 21.
One last push was made from Cathedral late in the second half with six-straight points from Mohr, Laraway and Simon, which pulled them within 13. But that was the closest they got the rest of the way as the Bulldogs won their sixth-straight game.
"Our biggest problem is our mental toughness," Drexler said. "If we don't figure it out, we might go home early when playoff time comes around. If we do figure it out, we can go a long ways."
Cathedral hosts Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Tuesday.