Nicollet girls get past Cathedral 54-44

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Nicollet’s Grace Dehen drives to the basket between Becca Schwarz (35) and McKenna Miling (5) of New Ulm Cathedral during the first half Wednesday at Nicollet High School. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NICOLLET– The Nicollet Raiders pulled away in the second half to beat the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds 54-44 in a non-conference girls’ basketball matchup Wednesday night.

The Raiders (6-4) opened up with an early 6-0 lead before Cathedral’s (1-8) Shay Ubl dropped in 2 points from under the hoop.

The Raiders then opened up a 17-2 lead as they dominated both sides of the court. Cathedral forced passing on their offensive side of the court, causing turnovers that the Raiders capitalized on early in the first half.

“Our guards are really quick and really like to look for the turnovers,” Raiders coach Sarah Rosenau said. “We try to focus on coming from underneath and every loose ball should be ours.”

Nicollet’s Grace Dehen sank a 3-pointer from the left side of the arc before she forced a turnover at midcourt and went in for the layup and the 17-2 lead with nine minutes left to play in the first half.

The Greyhounds’ defense forced the Raiders to shoot outside as Cathedral outscored Nicollet 11-9 in the last five minutes of the first half.

Cathedral trailed at the half 25-17 with Becca Schwarz leading the Greyhounds with 5 points.

Nicollet’s Kaitlyn Frutiger and Dehen both tallied 8 points to lead the first half for the Raiders.

“I wouldn’t be able to do it with out my teammates making good passes and giving good looks — this was a good team win,” Frutiger said.

Rose Hazuka hit a 3-pointer and Schwarz scored 2 from inside as the Greyhounds battled back to open the second half up.

“We talked at halftime that we needed to increase the pressure and be more aggressive,” Cathedral coach Dave Wilfahrt said. “One of the keys to our game is that are we aggressive enough.”

Cathedral’s McKenna Miling added 2 more points and Schwarz went to the line making one of two free throws to tie the game at 25-25 in the early minutes of the second half.

Nicollet’s passing inside was well protected by Cathedral as the Greyhounds forced Nicollet turnovers.

Both teams maintained positive scoring pressure with the Raiders beating zone pressure and scoring from outside the paint. Cathedral moved the ball well outside of the arc, spread out the Nicollet defenders and produced points from down low.

Cathedral’s 27 points in the second half was not enough as they fell to Nicollet 54-44 in the Nicollet Holiday Tournament.

Hazuka’s 10 points led the scoring in the second half as she led the Greyhounds with 13 points and three steals. Ubl tallied 10 points and Jenna Helget had 6 points with two steals.

Nicollet’s Dehen led with 15 points and three steals, Frutiger ended with 13 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocks and Brooke Skrien had 13 points with nine rebounds and three steals.

Cathedral will be back in Nicollet at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday taking on Cleveland.

The Raiders will be against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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