Big 2nd half for MVL shuts down Wabasso

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Mia Johnson looks to make a pass as Wabasso’s Kelsey Frank defends on the play during Friday night’s girls’ basketball game at MVL.

NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran crushed Wabasso 61-36 on Friday in Tomahawk Conference girls’ basketball action.

The win meant that the Chargers are also perfect on their home court with a 5-0 mark at home.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Rabbits. MVL’s victory sets up a blockbuster of a showdown on Tuesday when the Chargers (13-3, 9-0) battle Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (14-1, 9-0).

St. Mary’s and MVL currently are tied for first in the Tomahawk Conference standings.

The Rabbits had upset on their minds from the opening tip. Kaylee Hunter hit a 3 for MVL. Katelyn Zeug answered, but Abigail Riederer answered with a 3 of her own for MVL.

Wabasso’s Kelsey Frank had a basket to tie it at 8-8. Ella Schlei regained MVL’s lead with a basket. Wabasso got a basket to tie it again at 10-10. Sophia Hanna’s 3 gave the Rabbits the lead again at 13-10.

Avery Carlson’s 3 and a Frank basket gave Wabasso its biggest advantage of the contest of 18-10. Wabasso’s final lead was 18-16.

Samantha Dalueg’s inside basket started another Charger run. Riederer’s steal and layup, Schlei’s basket and Riederer’s 3 helped MVL to regain the lead of 19-18.

After that, the Chargers began to regain their stride. Dalueg’s basket at the buzzer made it 35-23 MVL at halftime.

The roof caved in on the Rabbits in the second half. They managed to score only 13 points in the entire half.

Wabasso was stuck on 25 until Hanna’s 3 with 4:55 remaining in the game.

Riederer led MVL with 17 points, Hunter added 16 points and Dalueg scored 9 points.

Wabasso’s Hanna and Carlson each scored 9 points. Hanna had three rebounds. Frank and Bella Brand each added 6 points. Frank also had two rebounds.

Before MVL meets St. Mary’s on Tuesday, Wabasso (6-11, 3-6) will have its hands full with St. Mary’s on Monday.


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