While the Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team might not have shot particularly well on Jan. 14, the LeSueur-Henderson girls struggled even more and the Crusaders came away with a 40-point 53-13 MRC victory.
Leading 31-8 at halftime and outscoring the Giants 22-5 in the second half, Mayer Lutheran easily cruised to a 40-point victory.
Seniors Lauren Manteuffel and Shelby Sicheneder each totaled 15 points on the night, while junior Brenna Larsen netted 14. The Crusaders made 20 of 52 shots, 38 percent, from the floor and were 8-13 at the free throw line.
Manteuffel and Sicheneder also led the team in rebounds, with 19 and 8, respectively. Manteuffel and senior Krianna Boelke each had four steals.
As a team, the Crusaders outrebounded LeSueur-Henderson 47-12, including 22 offensive rebounds for LHS.
Thursday night’s home game against Watertown-Mayer was much closer, and much dicier. Mayer Lutheran trailed by one point at halftime, 27-26. Both teams posted 37 points in the second half, and Watertown-Mayer narrowly escaped with the 64-63 win.
Four Crusaders hit double digits in scoring, including junior Maria Kuntz, who led the team with 15 points. Sicheneder (14), Larsen (11), and Boelke (10) also topped 10 points, but it was no match for Watertown’s Kristin Klitzke, who put up 21 points.
As a team, Mayer Lutheran shot 39 percent, making 17 of 43 shots from the floor and 28 of 41 free throws. Watertown-Mayer made 31 percent of their shots from the floor, including six three-pointers.
The Crusaders won the battle of the boards 41-34, led by 15 rebounds from Kuntz.
Turnovers may have made the difference, as Mayer Lutheran turned over the ball eight more times than the Royals, 29-21.
The Crusaders are now 8-7 overall and are 3-3 in the Minnesota River Conference. They hit the road to Sibley East tonight, before hosting Tri-City United and Jordan on Tuesday and Thursday.
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