Crusader girls fall to NYA, defeat Blake

In Minnesota River Conference action last week, the Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team fell to Norwood Young America and dropping to 6-3 in the MRC standings (third). The Crusaders, however, rallied two days later to defeat Blake. LHS is now 11-8 this season.

NYA 56, Mayer Lutheran 52

Crusader head coach Kris Gustin called the Jan. 22 match up both great and exciting.

“It was a very entertaining game,” he said. “The girls played hard.”

With seven ties and 13 different lead changes, play was back and forth between the two teams all evening. In a 24-24 stalemate at halftime, NYA sophomore Kaylie Brazil opened up the second half with three three-pointers to give the Raiders a nine point lead.

The game continued to be close, and the two teams were again tied with one minute to play. But NYA outscored LHS 32-28 in the second half, taking the game along with it.

Gustin said the girls had nothing to hang their heads about.

“The crummy thing about sports is that one team has to lose no matter how hard both teams play,” he said.

The Crusaders shot 39 percent from the floor (21-54) and were 7-9 from the line (78 percent). They also won the rebounding battle 31-29.

Junior Lauren Manteuffel and senior Nico Schmidt both netted 15 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Crusader offense. Sophomore Brenna Larsen (9), junior Josie Peters (7), senior Tina Bruggman (6), senior Ashlyn Hucky (3), and senior Holly Johnson (2) also contributed points.

Schmidt led with a team-high 13 rebounds, while Manteuffel (3), Larsen (2), and Peters (2) grabbed seven of the team’s eight steals. Bruggman had the other.

Mayer Lutheran 72, Blake 40

Hosting Blake on Jan. 26, it was “a little bit different of a game,” Gustin said.

With a 38-25 halftime lead, the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to start the second half, blowing the game open with a 20-plus point lead.

Mayer Lutheran outscored Blake 34-15 in the second half for the 72-40 win.

Three Crusaders scored double digits including Manteuffel (16), Bruggman (15), Schmidt (12), and Larsen (11).

LHS easily won the battle of the boards 44-15, led by Bruggman who grabbed 11. Schmidt (8) and Manteuffel (7) also tallied significant rebounding numbers. The Crusaders were able to grab 17 steals from Blake. Schmidt led with a three steals, followed by Bruggman, Larsen, Johnson, senior Emily Johnson, and junior Krianna Boelke, who each grabbed two.

Gustin said overall, the Crusaders shot well (49 percent from two-point range) and played good defense.

Mayer Lutheran will next host Belle Plaine on Friday, Feb. 1. It is the team’s Crusaders for a Cure fundraising night.


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