Area Girls Basketball Wrap: Randolph's defense stellar in win

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ZUMBROTA — After a high-scoring first half that saw Zumbrota-Mazeppa take a 40-29 lead over Randolph, the Cougars locked down the visiting Rockets in the second half to secure a 79-44 non-conference win.

“We really are coming together and playing great team basketball,” said Z-M head coach Andy Bromeling. “For the third straight game, we had at least four players in double figures. The defense is starting to come together and leading to easier offensive possessions. All in all, it was a great team win and I’m proud of how hard the girls are working.”

Leading the way for the Cougars was Natalye Quam with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Lyndsey Quam, Ali Hunstad and Lauren Miller each came up with 12 points.

Alyssa Whitson scored a Randolph-best 14 points, followed by 10 from Lindsey Grant. Andrea Splichal added six points, all coming from the free-throw line.

The Cougars (4-1) head to Stewartville on Tuesday while the Rockets (4-2) play host to Lyle-Pacelli on Tuesday.

Goodhue 53, Rochester Lourdes 47

With a Lexie Lodermeier basket with seven minutes to go, Goodhue took the lead for good against Rochester Lourdes on Friday for a 53-47 Hiawatha Valley League win in Rochester.

Following Lexie’s basket, Torrie Rehder hit a 3-pointer, then got a steal and layup combo that put the game firmly in the Wildcats’ favor.

“It was a little spurt that we would not have expected,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme.

Lexie scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half while grabbing five rebounds. Sydney Lodermeier had 16 points and five rebounds, and the trio of Joslyn Carlson, Emily Benrud and Arianna Thomforde each had six points. Benrud added seven rebounds in the victory.

Wynter Bergner hit five 3-pointers for a game-high 19 points for the Eagles while teammate Alyssa Ustby came up with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Goodhue (3-1, 2-0 HVL) has its first home game Tuesday against Kasson-Mantorville.

Thursday

Randolph 63, Bethlehem Academy 22

Already up 31-13 after the first half, Randolph never relented on Thursday, giving up just nine second-half points in a 63-22 non-conference win over Bethlehem Academy.

“The girls did a great job in all phases of the game,” said Rockets head coach Dennis Trom. “This was a good game for us as we were able to play a lot of different lineups giving the younger girls some valuable playing time.”

Alyssa Whitson paced Randolph with 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Megan Erickson followed with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Andrea Splichal finished with 11 points.

As a team, the Rockets shot 43.6 percent from the field.

Pine Island 67, Triton 62

Pine Island overcame a 42-32 halftime deficit against Hiawatha Valley League foe Triton to secure its first win of the year on Thursday, 67-62.

Brooke Sinning put up a game-high 22 points for the Panthers, and Autumn Pin hit four 3-pointers as part of an 18-point effort. Emilie Rucker chipped in with 15 points to support Pine Island’s cause.

The Panthers also thrived on the free-throw line, going 20 of 30 from the stripe compared to 3 of 9 for the Cobras.

Pine Island (1-2, 1-0 HVL) plays host to fifth-ranked (Class A) Hayfield on Tuesday.

Medford 61, Cannon Falls 56 (OT)

Tatum Pickar came up with a game-high 22 points, but it was not enough to vault Cannon Falls in the win column with a 61-56 non-conference loss against Medford.

After Pickar, Kira Jacobson and Makayla Bowen each tallied nine points, followed by six points apiece for Kaly Banks and Belle Freeberg.

The Tigers had a trio of double-digit scorers in Emma Kniefel (18), Kiley Nihart (15) and Bailey Purrier (10).

Tuesday

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 93, Bethlehem Academy 31

Bethlehem Academy provided little resistance to Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday as the Cougars breezed to a 93-31 victory.

Megan Johnson led Z-M with 25 points, while Ali Hunstad (18) and Lauren Miller also hit double-digits in scoring. In total, 11 different Cougars had at least two points.

The Cardinals' leading scorer was Maggie Beckmann, who finished with eight points.

Randolph 59, Pine Island 51

A low-scoring game at halftime broke open over the final 18 minutes with Randolph hanging on to beat Pine Island, 59-51, on Tuesday.

The Rockets got double-digit efforts from four girls, including Megan Erickson (16), Hannah Neil (12), Alyssa Whitson (12) and Andrea Splichal (11). Neil also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Alex Larson had 20 points for the Panthers, who also got 11 points from Brooke Sinning and nine points and six rebounds from Emilie Rucker.

Goodhue 63, Triton 28

After a 10-day hiatus, Goodhue got back to its dominant ways on Tuesday with a 63-28 Hiawatha Valley League victory against Triton.

The Wildcats’ defense locked down the Cobras, holding Triton without a double-digit scorer.

“The biggest thing, it was something we focused on during the break, was playing harder for longer and greater intensity for longer stretches,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “It was a sustained effort for 36 minutes. It’s great to see the things we worked on in the last week stay on the court.”

Sydney Lodermeier was the Wildcats’ top scorer with 14 points, followed by 12 points and eight rebounds for Lexie Lodermeier. Arianna Thomforde chipped in with 11 points, and Emily Benrud was a force on the glass with 12 rebounds along with seven points.

St. Charles 64, Lake City 63

Natalie Bremer's 16 points led Lake City on Tuesday, but it wasn't quite enough as the Tigers dropped a 64-63 nail-biter to St. Charles in overtime.

Mya Shones added 13 points for Lake City, with Grace Bany and Morgan West each scoring 12 in the loss.

Natalia VanderZanden had a game-high 18 points for the Saints.

Kenyon-Wanamingo 51, WEM 46

Kenyon-Wanamingo secured its first victory on Tuesday, picking up a 51-46 non-conference win against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.

Julianna Boyum paced the Knights with 22 points while Tess Hokanson chipped in with 15 points.