New Ulm routs Wabasso
NEW ULM — After a tough season-opening loss to Mankato West, New Ulm has started to watch its shots drop in at a higher clip, leading to back-to-back wins in the process.
The Eagles blew out Martin County West 65-25 this past Thursday and continued to roll on Tuesday with a 76-57 win over Wabasso in nonconference girls’ basketball action at New Ulm High School.
The Eagles got their perimeter shots to fall, canning 13 total 3-pointers in the game. Joey Batt hit six of those 3s and finished the night with 37 points.
“That was really good,” Joey Batt said of the team’s shooting. “It’s nice to see our shots are finally falling. Against West we struggled with our perimeter shooting. But it’s nice to see that everything is starting to click now that we’re playing together as a team instead of just individually.”
New Ulm also saw Elizabeth Shaul add 11 points, while eighth-grader Bryn Nesvold added 9 points, including a rare four-point play in the second half. Olivia Wick added 8 points and four rebounds for the Eagles, while Hannah Osborne added six boards.
Wabasso was led by Maddy Guetter and Jenna Frank with 14 points apiece, while Sarah Franta had 13 points.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 8-2 lead after a corner 3 by Ellie Bute and a wide-open 3 from Batt forced a Wabasso timeout with 14:53 to play in the first half. Out of the timeout, Batt canned another 3 to put New Ulm up 11-2.
A 3 and a layup by Batt later on gave New Ulm a 24-11 lead and forced another Wabasso timeout. Batt had 21 of the first 24 points for New Ulm.
Shaul then got involved on the 3-point parade with back-to-back 3s to give New Ulm a 30-11 lead before a bucket inside by Megan Rothmeier stopped the Rabbits’ slump.
But New Ulm wasn’t just getting its 3s to drop. The Eagles also saw an improved full-court defense effectively create plenty of Wabasso turnovers throughout the game.
The Eagles took a 37-23 lead into the half.
Frank dropped in a 3 out of the corner to give the Rabbits a solid start to the second half, but New Ulm answered with a 5-0 run to lead 42-26. Later, a 9-0 New Ulm run was capped off with a turnaround bucket inside by Wick to give New Ulm a 51-30 lead.
Nesvold was subbed in with less than six minutes to go and that’s when she quickly got on the board with her four-point play, giving the Eagles their largest lead of the game, 69-42.
New Ulm head coach Brian Batt was happy with the inside-outside play from his team, including the post play the Eagles got from Wick.
“In the first half, [Wick] had some foul trouble (three fouls in the first half), some frustration,” coach Batt said. “She’s still got to get better at handling, but the second half, she was a rock.”
New Ulm (2-1) hosts Blue Earth Area on Thursday, while Wabasso (1-1) hosts Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday.