New Ulm girls struggle in loss to Waseca

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Grace Sellner takes a 3-point shot over a Waseca defender during the second half Tuesday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — Waseca’s strong defense, solid rebounding and having four players in double figures all contributed the Bluejays’ 68-42 win over New Ulm on Tuesday in a Big South Conference girls’ basketball contest.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak by the Eagles.

“We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t defend well and we didn’t rebound well. They took it to us,” New Ulm head coach Brian Batt said.

Madison Gehloff led Waseca with 23 points, while Gus Boyer added 15 points, Rachel Breck had 14 points and Brianna Highum scored 11 points.

Joey Batt led New Ulm with 10 points and Hannah Osborne had four rebounds.

Gehloff scored the final 7 points of the first half for Waseca. She had two baskets and a 3-point shot. Highum scored two points in the middle of Gehloff’s points.

New Ulm’s Elizabeth Shaul and Iyanna Wieland hit 3-point shots for a 29-12 Waseca halftime lead.

Olivia Wick and Batt each scored a basket to for a 4-4 tie early in the first half. Waseca quickly responded with a 16-0 run.

“We didn’t limit them to single-shot opportunities. They packed the lane and our shots didn’t drop,” Coach Batt said.

In the second half, Waseca continued to have the basketball drop in for them. The Eagles struggled, as their shots wouldn’t drop. Waseca would grab the rebound and head to the other end of the floor.

Highum’s 3-pointer gave Waseca its biggest advantage of the night of 66-31.

Wick, Osborne, Nora Windschill and Noelle Forstner added points for the Eagles near the end of the game.

“The girls at the end played well,” Coach Batt said.

New Ulm (10-2, 3-1) will travel to Fairmont on Thursday.