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Down by double digits in the first half, Goodhue knew it had to do two things to climb back against La Crescent on Thursday. “A thing we’ve stressed all year is to finish the first half strong and start the second half strong,” said Wildcats’ head coach Josh Wieme. The Wildcats managed to cut the Lancers’ lead to one at halftime, and Goodhue managed to pull away in the second half to take the Hiawatha Valley League win 63-53 in La Crescent. Mikayla Miller had a game-high 27 points for the Wildcats to go with six rebounds and four steals.
Trying to get back into the win column, the Red Wing girls basketball team left Byron with a bad taste in their mouths after a 66-62 overtime loss to the host Bears in non-conference play. After a hard foul that was not called in the waning seconds of regulation to a loose-ball foul in overtime that went against the Wingers, head coach Dave Muelken was candid in his frustrations with the officiating. “I thought we deserved a better outcome,” Muelken said.
Led by Riley Augustine, Goodhue saved its highest-scoring game for last in an 80-47 win over Section 1A opponent Lyle/Austin Pacelli Thursday in Goodhue. Augustine finished with a team-high 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting, adding eight rebounds in the process. Three other Wildcats – Tyler Schumacher (13), Calvin Peterson (12) and Riley Bollum (11) – finished in double digits. As a team, Goodhue shot 32 of 52 (61 percent) from the floor. Braden Kocer and Jordan Hart had 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Lyle/Austin Pacelli. The Wildcats end the regular season at 16-10 overall.
Ellis Hirman put forth a monster game for Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday, scoring 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and five steals in the Cougars’ 64-53 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Triton in Dodge Center. Jacob Ugland turned in a solid night as well for Z-M with 17 points and six rebounds.
Casey Busch and Augie Isaacson each scored twice to lead New Prauge to a 4-1 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing Thursday evening. Nick Sammon scored for the Wingers 7 minutes, 18 seconds of the second period on assists from Tristan Rehder and Sam Hanson.
Red Wing managed to stay tied with Academy of Holy Angels at halftime, 34-34.
Very little went wrong for Cannon Falls Tuesday night as the Bombers cruised to a 74-35 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Brock Peterson led Cannon Falls with 15 points while Jordan Lundell chipped in with 11, and Alex Bultena added 11 points and three steals. Hunter Johnson also had double-digit points with 10 to go along with three steals and three assists. The Bombers led 40-16 at half, and hit 71 percent of their shots from the field, including 8 of 11 on 3-pointers. Austin Noble led Cannon Falls with five rebounds. “We played well defensively.
In a battle between two of the top teams in the Middle Border Conference, Prescott managed to hold off Ellsworth to secure a 56-48 victory Tuesday in Prescott, Wis. Will Huppert put forth a solid effort in the loss with 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Chrystian Kulow had nine points, six assists and three rebounds, and Emery Whalen had seven points in the loss. Clay Seifert was 7 of 16 from the field and 5 of 9 from the free-throw line to finish with a team-high 21 points for Prescott.
Jumping out to a 20-3 lead just six minutes into the game, Zumbrota-Mazeppa met little resistance on the way to a 63-29 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Cannon Falls Tuesday in Zumbrota. “Our intensity – on offense and defense – was very good to start off tonight,” said Cougars’ head coach Scott Paukert.
Goodhue’s top five defense was on display in Tuesday’s Hiawatha Valley League game against Kenyon-Wanamingo as the Wildcats held the Knights to eight first-half points on the way to a 45-37 home victory. While points were hard to come by as well for Goodhue, the Wildcats got by K-W thanks to double-digit outputs from Austin Buck and Riley Augustine. Buck finished with 13 points and six rebounds (five offensive), while Augustine had 12 points and four steals.