Bulldogs pressure Greyhounds, grab 62-39 win

File photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Cathedral’s Lily Franta drives into the lane during a recent home game with Nicollet/Loyola at Cathedral High School in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity defeated New Ulm Cathedral 62-39 on Friday in nonconference girls’ basketball action.

Marissa Radtke led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Emily Rademacher added 19 points and Taylor Ebert had 9 points.

Lily Franta led Cathedral with 21 points, Jenna Hotovec scored 5 points and Livia Reinarts added 4 points.

Hotovec was helped off the court with an injury with 6:56 left in the first half. She did not return to play for the remainder of the game.

LP/HT used a combination of a zone press with a person-to-person defense for most of the first half. Cathedral utilized a half-court defense to regain momentum. Both teams resorted to their regular defense for the second half.

Rademacher got LP/HT on the board first with an inside basket. Emily Schommer’s layup tied it at 2-2. Rademacher dropped in three free throws on the next two trips down the floor to regain the lead for the Bulldogs. That started a 20-0 Bulldog run that put them in the driver’s seat for the night. Radtke hit two 3s during the run.

Brianna Schumacher’s two free throws ended Cathedral’s scoring drought with 10:34 left in the first half.

Ebert passed the ball through the Cathedral defense to Rademacher who scored. Rademacher scored back-to-back baskets and Ebert scored for a 39-16 LP/HT halftime advantage.

Radtke scored off a Greyhound turnover early in the second half. She made the basket, was fouled and she hit the free throw. Lizzy Anderson took a Rademacher pass and she scored.

The second half was even on the scoreboard with both teams scoring 23 points.

Franta shot well in the second half, hitting five 3s and with two of those happening late in the contest. Her final 3 and two baskets by Reinarts ended the game on a positive note for the Greyhounds. Maddy Gilles passed the ball to Reinarts who scored on a fast-break layup.

Cathedral (2-21, 1-15) will host Sibley East on Monday in the regular season finale for the Greyhounds.