Girls Basketball: Goodhue can't stop K-W
With two ranked teams taking the floor, and nearly every seat in the house occupied, Tuesday was to be a good night in Goodhue.
The only problem was Kenyon-Wanamingo had a bit too much firepower for the Wildcats. After an 18-2 run to open the second half, the second-ranked (Class 2A) Knights boarded the bus with a 64-55 Hiawatha Valley League victory.
“There’s probably no better team that we’ll face this year. Them and White Bear Lake, they’re just good at every spot. They have good players at every spot, they’re very well coached, they’re very disciplined and they played well tonight,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “We played very well at times, and we had a lot of breakdowns as well. And you just can’t (do that) against very good teams.”
Early on, the hiccups were on the offensive end of the floor for the Wildcats. Kali Ryan opened the game with a 3-pointer, only to watch K-W rattle off nine straight points over the next three-and-a-half minutes.
Goodhue climbed back with more 3-pointers, including one each from Sydney Lodermeier and Megan Ryan in a three-minute span.
But the halftime buzzer would be the death knell for the Wildcats. Audra Clark poured in seven consecutive points to open the second half, and the rest of the Knights backed her up to slam the door in taking a 48-29 lead.
“Our defense was pretty poor to start that second half. I don’t care who they had out there, it was poor defense,” Wieme said. “If they’re going to score like that, we have to make them work a lot harder. We were backing down from them at that point, and we were playing very individually. They went on that big run, and we didn’t have an answer.”
Goodhue fought back with Mikayla Miller, who had been held to 10 points through the first 31 minutes of the game. Miller hit a 3-pointer with 4 minutes, 33 seconds left in the game, starting a quick 8-0 run that included another 3-pointer wrapped around a mid-range jump shot. But Miller’s heroics would not last through the final horn as K-W hit 7 of 10 foul shots in the final three minutes.
“We even had a couple shots that were great looks that could have really made it interesting,” Wieme said. “It was great to see some different kids knock some shots down. Shelby (Hinsch) knocked some shots down, Sydney Lodermeier knocked some shots down. We’ve got to get production outside of Mikayla, and we were having that.”
Miller finished with 18 points in the loss, followed by Lodermeier (11) and Hinsch (9).
The fourth-ranked (Class A) Wildcats (18-5 overall, 12-4 HVL) will attempt to get back in the win column Thursday with a trip to La Crescent. Goodhue will close out the regular season next week with a home game against Triton on Feb. 18, and a trip to Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Feb. 21 in the finale.