The Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team’s holiday tournament was played at St. Olaf College Dec. 27-29. The Crusaders played three teams from three different classes, and got a good look at some of the talented competition that high school basketball has to offer.
Eastview 77, Mayer 38
In their opening game of the tournament, the Crusaders faced No. 2 (4A) Eastview, a team that is currently undefeated.
Mayer Lutheran head coach Kris Gustin said it was good for the Crusaders to see what elite teams do on the court, and get a feel of what it takes to be the best in high school girls’ basketball.
Down 43-19 at halftime, the Crusaders were held to another 19 points in the second half, while Eastview cruised along with 34 points. Mayer Lutheran struggled to make shots, making only 26 percent of their field goals (11-42). Eastview shot 52 percent from two-point range.
Senior Ashlyn Hucky scored 10 points for the Mayer Lutheran attack, the only player in double digits. Senior Nico Schmidt and sophomore Brenna Larsen scored eight and seven points, respectively.
Holy Family 64, Mayer 57
With the Crusaders holding a five-point halftime lead in their second game against Holy Family, the lead went back and forth between the teams in the second half. But in the end, Holy Family would take the 64-57 win, most due to free throws made.
While the Fire made 26-34 from the line (76.5 percent), the Crusaders were 12-24, only 8-18 in the second half.
Gustin said while free throw shooting still needs to be focused on, the team really came together in the first half.
“It might have been the best first half of basketball we’ve played all year,” he said.
Rebounds were even between the teams (Holy Family – 41, Mayer – 39), as were steals (HF – 6, Mayer – 4) and turnovers (HF – 19, Mayer 15).
Junior Josie Peters (12) and Manteuffel (11) led the Crusader attack with double digits points. Also scoring for Mayer Lutheran was Hucky (9), Schmidt (8), junior Shelby Sicheneder (8), Larsen (5), and junior Krianna Boelke (4).
Schmidt (11), Manteuffel (10), and Sicheneder (9) grabbed 20 of the team’s rebounds, while Manteuffel, Hucky, Schmidt, and Boelke each grabbed a steal from Holy Family.
Mayer 55, Stewartville 49
Picking up their first win of the tournament, the Crusaders defeated Stewartville 55-49 on Dec. 29.The Crusaders led by five at halftime (27-22), but Stewartville hung with Mayer Lutheran in the second half, according to Gustin. Shooting was up, with Mayer Lutheran making 49 percent of their field goals.
“Which was pretty good,” Gustin said.
The Crusaders also were 53 percent at the free throw line (8-15) and three for seven three-point attempts.
Hucky (14) and Manteuffel (11) were the team’s top scorers, followed by Larsen (8), Boelke (6), Schmidt (6), and Peters (6).
Winning the rebounding battle 30-26, Schmidt had a team-high eight rebounds. Sicheneder (6) and Manteuffel (5) also grabbed significant boards for the Crusaders.
Mayer Lutheran is now 5-7 this season after the Stewartville win. The Crusaders will host Tri-City United (Jan. 4) and Breck (Jan. 5) this week.