LHS girls now 2-2 in MRC play

The Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team has broke even in Minnesota River Conference competition, after a win over Belle Plaine last week made the team 2-2. The Crusaders also lost to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Dec. 20.

Junior Shelby Sicheneder drives to the basket in the Crusaders’ Dec. 11 game against NYA.
Junior Shelby Sicheneder drives to the basket in the Crusaders’ Dec. 11 game against NYA.

Mayer 58, Belle Plaine 34
Despite various Belle Plaine presses on Dec. 18, the Crusaders played really well, according to head coach Kris Gustin.

“Belle Plaine likes to score in transition, and our transition defense was really good,” he said.

The team limited Belle Plaine’s easy looks at the basket, and shot the ball well on their own end.

“Things like that equate to easy wins,” Gustin said.

The Crusaders shot nearly 60 percent from the free throw line, sinking 10 of 17. They were also 52 percent in field goals (23-44).

Senior Tina Bruggman and junior Lauren Manteuffel each scored 13 points to lead the Crusaders to victory.

G-SL 46, Mayer 37
Just when things were looking up for the Crusaders, they regressed to their old ways on Dec. 20 against Glencoe-Silver Lake. The team struggled in the first half, turning the ball over 13 times in 33 possessions. Only having scored on three possessions, Mayer Lutheran trailed 19-6 at halftime.

The second half saw a jump in Crusader points, as the team actually outscored Glencoe-Silver Lake 31-27, but the halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

“We got some good looks,” Gustin said. “We just didn’t knock them down.”

While the Crusaders took nearly 30 more shots than the Panthers, their shooting percentages were much lower. Glencoe-Silver Lake shot roughly 45 percent from field goal range, while the Crusaders made just 16-60 shots (27 percent).

Senior Nico Schmidt was the only Crusader in double digits with 11 points scored. Other scoring leaders included junior Shelby Sicheneder (8), Bruggman (6), and sophomore Brenna Larsen (6).

The Crusaders will be at a St. Olaf tournament late this week. They will face No. 2 (4A) Eastview first, before taking on Holy Family and Stewartville.

“We’re hoping to go down there and compete,” Gustin said.