Balanced scoring leads Greyhounds by Chargers
NEW ULM — With four New Ulm Cathedral girls each scoring double figures on Saturday afternoon, the Greyhounds could not be contained as they rolled to a 72-59 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran in Tomahawk Conference girls’ basketball action at Cathedral High School.
It was the fourth win in the last five games for Cathedral (9-14, 4-11), while MVL (11-8, 7-4) fell for the fourth time in its last five games.
Leading the way for Cathedral was Heidi Hoffman with 19 points, Lauryn Franta with 16 points and Sarah Mohr with 14 points and nine rebounds. Mckenna Miling added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Greyhounds.
With Hoffman running into foul trouble in the second half, the Greyhounds didn’t seem too bothered by it, getting key buckets from Mohr, Franta and Miling to stay in front. Mohr and Miling each hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to help keep the Greyhounds in charge.
“It was an all-around team effort,” Miling said. “We’ve been working on that and to just keep going. Our energy is up, and that’s how we win games.”
Unfortunately for MVL, energy is something that head coach Rollin Timm thought has been lacking from his team as of late.
“Right now it comes down to energy,” Timm said. “We are not playing at the energy needed for varsity level. We’re taking things, especially on defense, and not pushing ourselves as hard as we need to do. We need to communicate better on defense and we need to make better decisions on offense.”
MVL was led by Emma Nelson, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Abbie Riederer added 17 points. MVL also got 7 points, eight rebounds and five assists from Lauren Paulsen, while Maddie Pearson had four assists.
The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead in the first half and went ahead 24-10 after a 3 by Franta with less than 11 minutes to go in the half. MVL cut the deficit back down to 8, 27-19, after a 3 by Riederer, but Hoffman hit a 3 and collected a steal for a layup to put the Greyhounds back in front 32-19 and force an MVL timeout with 5:46 left in the half.
The Chargers cut the deficit back down to 8 two more times after that, but the Greyhounds closed out with an 8-0 run for a 42-26 halftime lead.
Cathedral took a 45-26 lead right away in the second half after a 3 by Hoffman, but MVL was able to cut the deficit back down to 10, being led by a pair of buckets by Nelson and a 3 by Riederer. The Chargers trimmed their deficit down to 8 again but got no closer than that.
After the Cathedral boys were able to knock of MVL on Friday night, the win the Cathedral girls’ team had over MVL on Saturday was big for the Greyhound girls, who haven’t beaten MVL since Jan. 9, 2017.
“That was pretty fun,” Miling said. “We haven’t beaten MVL in a long time, and piggybacking off of what the boys did is always fun.”
Cathedral is at Hector to take on Buffalo Lake-Hector Stewart at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while MVL hosts Madelia at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.