Chargers top Wolverines in girls’ basketball

File photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Lauren Paulsen looks to move the basketball during a Chargers’ game at Martin Luther College earlier this season.

NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran evened its season record with a 57-42 win over Mountain Lake Area on Tuesday in a nonconference girls’ basketball game.

Emma Nelson, Abby Nelson and Hannah Marzinske each scored 10 points for MVL. Lauren Paulsen added 8 points. Emma Nelson had eight rebounds, Sarah Dinse had six rebounds and four blocked shots and Maddie Spurgin had six rebounds for MVL.

The Chargers were able to capitalize on poor shooting by MLA. The Wolverines made only 8 of 29 field goals in the first half.

MLA got within 6 points in the first half before MVL got baskets by Maddie Spurgin, Emma Nelson, Hannah Marzinske and Sarah Dinse. Dinse’s basket helped MVL hold a 29-16 halftime advantage.

Abby Nelson scored 6 of MVL’s next 8 points in the second half to increase its lead to 45-21.

The Wolverines refused to quit as they engineered an 11-0 run which closed the gap to 47-35. Margo Stoesz capped off the scoring with a 3-point shot. Abby Nelson got another score to give MVL some breathing room.

Key baskets by Hannah Marzinske, Sarah Dinse and Abby Nelson helped the Chargers to finish strong and earn the win.

“We played fairly well,” MVL head coach Rollin Timm said. “We didn’t have the energy that I would’ve liked. We did a better job of adjusting to their defense, and our defense did a great job tonight.”

Taylor Naas led MLA with 17 points and Margo Stoesz added 7 points.

MVL (5-5, 2-2) will host Cedar Mountain/Comfrey (3-2, 1-2) on Jan. 5.