The LHS girls’ basketball team split a pair of Minnesota River Conference games last week, first falling to Jordan 68-46 before rallying against Belle Plaine a few nights later.
At Jordan on Dec. 17, the Crusaders trailed 34-23 at halftime, and the Jaguars outscored LHS by the exact same score in the second half for the 68-46 loss for Mayer Lutheran.
As a team, the Crusaders shot just 30 percent (15-49) and were only 13-28 at the free throw line. No individual Crusader hit more than 10 points, as Brenna Larsen and Krianna Boelke led LHS with eight points each, followed by Josie Peters with seven.
Jordan outrebounded Mayer Lutheran 38-29.
Things looked better Friday night at home, as the Crusaders led Belle Plaine by 14 at halftime in what would become a 63-49 victory for Mayer Lutheran.
Shooting improved to 38 percent for the Crusaders, who made 24 of 62 two-pointers and were 13-22 from the charity stripe.
Maria Kuntz led the Mayer Lutheran offense with 17 points, followed by Larsen (12), Boelke (10), and Peters (9).
Belle Plaine outrebounded Mayer Lutheran 42-30, but the Crusader defense forced 26 turnovers out of the Tigers, compared to LHS’ low night of nine turnovers.
Kuntz also led the LHS defense with 10 rebounds, followed most closely by Peters with five.
The Crusaders are headed to the St. Olaf Holiday Hoops Classic this weekend and will face Bethlehem Academy, St. Paul Highland Park, and Providence Academy over the three-day tournament.
They will be back in conference action on Jan. 9 when they host NYA.
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