With two conference wins over LeSueur-Henderson and Watertown-Mayer last week, the Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team finished the regular season 10-4 in the Minnesota River Conference, inching out the Royals for third place. Jordan and NYA shared the title.
Mayer L. 63, LS-H 31
After leading by 20 points at halftime against the Giants on Feb. 12, the Crusaders cruised to the 32-point victory after outscoring LeSueur-Henderson 31-19 in the second half.
Celebrating senior night, most of the team’s minutes and points came from seniors Tina Bruggman, Ashlyn Hucky, Emily Johnson, Holly Johnson, and Nico Schmidt.
“We had an opportunity to celebrate five great girls who have given four years to our program,” head coach Kris Gustin said.
The Crusaders shot 44 percent from two-point range, 28-64, and were led offensively by Bruggman with 19 points. Schmidt and Hucky each netted 14 points for the Crusaders, followed by Holly Johnson with eight. Assist leaders included Schmidt (6), Bruggman (5), and Emily Johnson (4). Mayer Lutheran’s scoring was helped by 27 Giant turnovers, compared to the Crusaders’ season-low nine.
Mayer 60, W-M 40
At Watertown-Mayer on Feb. 15, Gustin said the Crusaders utilized their size advantage and the post players had a great high-low game.
Holding a 34-23 halftime lead, Mayer Lutheran allowed the Royals to close the gap in the second half, after committing eight turnovers in their first 11 possessions.
“I guess we were trying to keep them in the game,” Gustin said.
Bruggman (15), junior Lauren Manteuffel (15), Schmidt (14), and Johnson (10) all contributed significant points for LHS. Junior Krianna Boelke rounded out the Crusader scorers with six points.
Manteuffel (13), Schmidt (10), and Hucky (6) led the team in rebounds as well as steals, snagging five, three, and three steals, respectively. Bruggman and junior Shelby Sicheneder each grabbed a steal as well.
The Crusaders finished the regular season on the road at No. 7 (2A) Annandale on Feb. 19.
Seeding for sections is expected to be released late this week.
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