NEW ULM - Minnesota Valley Lutheran made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off cross-town rival New Ulm Cathedral 46-42 in Tomahawk Conference girl's basketball action on Friday.
MVL started the game off strong with a 10-3 run to jump out to an early lead, but Cathedral was able to hang around and not let the lead get out of hand.
MVL found a lot of success getting the ball into junior forward Anna Munsen all night. Munsen led the Chargers with 18 points.
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New Ulm Cathedral’s Karlee Pfaff tries to get the ball past Alexa Alfred (14) and Rebekka Olsen of Minnesota Valley Lutheran during the first half Friday at CHS.
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"We really wanted to get a quick start by getting the ball inside and opening up things for our guards," Munsen said.
Late in the first half, Cathedral senior Karlee Pfaff hit two 3-pointers to tie the game at 20-20. She proceeded to knock down two free throws in a row to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game witth 1:20 remaining in the first half.
The Chargers were able to tie the game at 23-23 going into half time.
Halfway through the second half, MVL had built a seven-point lead and it seemed poised to make a run and put the game out of reach. However, everytime the Chargers seemed about to pull away, Pfaff knocked down a big basket to keep her team in the game.
Pfaff finished with 18 points to lead the Greyhounds.
"I loved the effort from our team tonight," Cathedral head coach Jeremy Drexler said. "We stayed with it all night and were able to battle back."
It was a physical second half with both teams in the bonus with eight minutes left in the game.
Cathedral pulled within just three points with two minutes left, and a 16-footer by Pfaff cut the Charger lead with just 50 seconds remaining.
Seniors Nicole Moldstad and Alexa Alfred hit 6-of10 and 2-of-2 free throws, respectively, in the end to make sure MVL walked away with a win.
"We were all playing are hardest at the end, and Nicole and Alexa knocked down some huge free throws for us," Munsen said. "We took care of things when we needed to."
Johanna Kettner scored eight points and recorded seven rebounds for MVL. Moldstad and Alfred each scored six points.
Cathedral senior Lindsay Simon scored 14 points to combine with Pfaff for 32 of Cathedral's 42 points. Simon had nine rebounds to go with her 14 points.
MVL (14-7, 8-5) travels to play at Mankato Loyola on Monday, while Cathedral (13-8, 9-7) plays at home against Nicollet on Tuesday.