Royals fall to Mayer Lutheran, beat Sibley East
The Watertown-Mayer girls’ basketball team went 1-1 last week, splitting a pair of Minnesota River Conference games against Sibley East and Mayer Lutheran.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Royals picked up a road win in Arlington, beating Sibley East 48-37. However, back home on Friday, Feb. 15, the Royals were defeated by Mayer Lutheran, 60-40.
Last week’s games leave the Royals with an 11-12 record overall and a final 8-6 mark in the MRC, good for fourth place. This week, the Royals were back on the court Tuesday when they hosted Eden Valley Watkins, and they’ll be in action Thursday, Feb. 21, when they travel to play Minneapolis South at 7 p.m. The Royals will close the regular season Saturday, Feb. 23, when they host Dassel-Cokato at 7:30 p.m.
Royals 48, Sibley East 37
The Royals jumped out to an 18-0 lead and never looked back in a road win over Sibley East, a win that moved the Royals to 8-5 in the conference at the time and assured them of finishing above .500 in the conference.
Claire Killian score the games’s first seven points, with her first two baskets coming on layups before she added a 3-pointer a little more than 4 minutes into the game. Chelsea Wandersee later added back-to-back baskets — the second being a 3-pointer with 10:37 left in the half — to give the Royals a 13-0 lead. Kirsten Klitze also added a 3-pointer and a free throw as part of the run, and Christine Kreatz’s basket inside with 8:34 left in the half gave the Royals an 18-0 lead.
Sibley East didn’t get on the scoreboard until more than 11 minutes had elapsed, when they finally got a basket inside with 6:54 left in the half. However, the Wolverines actually closed the half on a 15-7 run to cut the deficit to 25-15 by halftime.
The Wolverines cut the Royals lead to six points by scoring the first two baskets of the second half within the first minute, and later cut the lead to 27-22 on a conventional three-point play with 15:19 left in the half.
However, that’s when the Royals seemed to get things in order once again, using a 12-5 run to push the lead back to 12 points. The Royals eventually pushed the lead back to as many as 15 points, and never saw the lead dwindle back to single digits for the rest of the night.
Wandersee led the Royals with 14 points, while Killian and Klitzke both had 11. Killian added nine steals and Courtney Fisher had five, while Lexi Heldt had a team-high six rebounds and Ashley Wiswell and Kreatz had four apiece.
LHS 60, Royals 40
Watertown-Mayer hung around early, trailing just 18-16 when Killian buried a 3-pointer with 6:-2 left in the first half, but Mayer Lutheran began to pull away in the final minutes of the first half.
After Killian’s basket, the Crusaders used a 6-0 run and a 16-7 run overall to close the first half. Mayer Lutheran enjoyed a 34-23 advantage at the break.
After Mayer Lutheran scored the first basket of the second half, the Royals used a 6-0 run to close to within 36-29. However, Mayer Lutheran used a 12-3 run to push the lead back up to 16 points, and Watertown-Mayer was unable to get within 13 points the rest of the night.
Killian’s 18 points led the Royals, and she added six steals. Klitzke had eight points and four assists, and Fisher had six points and four steals. Liz Miller had a team-high four rebounds.
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