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Area Girls' Basketball: Goodhue defense good again in win over Cannon Falls

Cannon Falls' Makayla Bowen (14) attempts to work around a defender during a game on Jan. 8. Martin Schlegel / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Goodhue's Elissa Lodermeier (13) battles for a loose ball with Jaci Winchell (11) of Cannon Falls on Jan. 8. Martin Schlegel / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls' basketball team came out on top, 76-54, over Tri-City United on Friday.

The Cougars held a slim lead at the half, 30-27, but poured it on offensively in the second half.

"The first half was a little chaotic and Tri-City United did a great job making us play faster than we were ready for," said Zumbrota-Mazeppa head coach Andy Bromeling. "The second half we took care of the ball and played some of the best defense we had played this year."

Ali Hunstad led the Cougars with a game-high 33 points, while knocking down five 3-pointers. Makayla Arendt scored 13 points and Natalye Quam added 11 points for the Cougars.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa improved to 10-3 overall.

Other Area Scores:

Kasson-Mantorville 62, Kenyon-Wanamingo 29

Rochester Lourdes 70, Cannon Falls 23

Thursday

Area Scores:

Cotter 56, Lake City 53

Dover-Eyota 48, Pine Island 27

Tuesday

Goodhue shut the door defensively, as the Wildcats topped Cannon Falls in girls' basketball action on Tuesday night.

The eighth-ranked Wildcats were slow to start, but found some momentum late in the first half.

Goodhue's offense got stuck on 18 points. For three minutes, the Wildcats remained at 18. Despite the sudden lack of scoring, the defense held Cannon Falls in check. Through the first 12 minutes of play, Cannon Falls managed just four points with two of the four coming via free throws. The Bombers couldn't cut into the lead or take advantage of the Wildcats cold streak.

Finally Goodhue found life offensively with a quick seven points in the final two minutes of the first half.

In the second half, the Wildcats' offense started to click. Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme said the team started controlling the ball better and started getting better scoring opportunities.

"I didn't think we had bad shots, but they just weren't great shots," Wieme said. "That's something we talked about at halftime. In the second half, our girls got great shots and great looks."

Goodhue used it's full-court defense to create offense, forcing turnovers and translating them into points. Led by Elissa Lodermeier and Torrie Rehder, the Wildcats' defense didn't allow many offensive looks inside the paint for the Bombers and forced them into bad shots all game long.

Wieme credited the entire team for its commitment to defense. The effort paid off as Cannon Falls was unable to cut into the deficit in the second half.

"We've been forcing a lot of turnovers," Wieme said. "Tonight we turned those turnovers into points. We have a very athletic group and they enjoy playing defense."

Wieme added the team never expects one player to carry the load offensively. He added the team would have liked to get Lexie Lodermeier the ball in the post more often but the Wildcats needed just a few double-digit scorers with the defense playing so well.

With the win, Goodhue improved to 12-2 overall. Cannon Falls fell to 6-7 overall.

Tuesday Area Scores:

Randolph 65, Schaeffer Academy 38

Lake City 61, Stewartville 53

Kasson-Mantorville 70, Pine Island 64

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