The Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team started the season 1-2 last week.
HLWW 61, Mayer 42
At Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Nov. 27, both teams struggled to score in the first half, and the Crusaders and Lakers were tied 22-22 at halftime. But HLWW pulled ahead in the second half, outscoring Mayer Lutheran 39-20 to win the game 61-42.
The Crusaders struggled with baskets, making only 16-57 field goal attempts and 2-15 three-pointers. Senior Ashlyn Hucky was the only Crusader in double-digit scoring, with 13 points. Mayer Lutheran won the battle of the boards 41-35.
Top rebounders for the Crusaders were sophomore Lauren Manteuffel (8) and senior Tina Bruggman (8).
Mayer 75, M-W 68
The Crusaders picked up their first win of the season on the road Nov. 29. In the 75-68 victory, Mayer Lutheran led by 10 at halftime (41-31).
“Overall, we just played with a little bit more intensity,” Gustin said.
The Crusaders continued to be aggressive in the second half, which led to a 75-68 victory, the first of the year.
Shooting improved significantly for LHS in this game, as the team was 30-68 (44 percent) in two-point range. Scoring leaders included senior Nico Schmidt (22) and Hucky (19).
Rebounds were friends of the Crusaders again in this game, as LHS pulled down 46 boards to Mound-Westonka’s 34.
Delano 68, Mayer 39
Falling to Delano in their home opener on Dec. 1, the Crusaders trailed by 12 points at halftime (32-20).
Two-point shooting continued to rise, as Mayer Lutheran shot 40 percent (28-69), but only nine percent (1-11) in three-point attempts. Hucky (11) was the only Crusader in double-digit scoring.
“We just couldn’t buy a bucket when we needed to,” Gustin said.
He said anytime it seemed the Crusaders began a run, Delano snuffed it out quickly with rebounds and a strong transition game. Delano won the rebounding battle 45-43, but the Crusaders had more offensive rebounds (18-15).
Moving forward, the Crusaders need to focus on shooting.
“As we head out of this first week, that’s our focus, putting the ball in the basket,” he said. “Until we do that, everything else is moot.”