The LHS girls’ basketball team split a pair of Minnesota River Conference home games last week, defeating Tri-City United.
LHS 67, Tri-City 55
With a 67-55 victory over Tri-City United on Jan. 28, the Crusaders had a solid shooting night, making 45 percent of their shots, including 6-12 from the arc and a 17-20 night from the free throw line.
“Eighty-five percent for free throws is certainly a good thing for us,” Head coach Kris Gustin said.
Leading by three points at halftime, the Crusaders outscored the Titans 36-27 in the second half.
“We went on a little run in the second half,” Gustin said.
Senior Lauren Manteuffel led the Crusaders with a double-double, netting 24 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. Junior Brenna Larsen and freshman Emilee Gustin both cracked double figures with 11 points each.
Jordan 50, LHS 47
The Crusaders’ hot shooting from Tuesday went cold Friday against Jordan, as LHS made just 29 percent of their shots. The Jaguars were worse (25 percent) but made 13-18 free throws, while LHS was 13-26.
“We had a rough start,” Gustin said, adding that the Crusaders were behind 17-3 five minutes in. “They shot the lights out.”
Trailing by 13 points for a 35-23 halftime deficit, the Crusader rallied in the second half to outscore Jordan 24-15. Jordan wouldn’t score a basket in the last 11 minutes of the game, but collected points on free throws. The Crusaders went on a 10-0 run for seven minutes, according to Gustin, but it wasn’t enough to hang on for victory, and Jordan won 50-47 thanks to last minute free throws and six missed charity shots for LHS down the stretch.
Mayer Lutheran had 14 turnovers against Jordan, one of the lowest nights of the season, down from the 27 turnovers against TCU.
Scoring was evenly spread throughout the Crusader attack, with 12 points coming from Manteuffel, as well as points from Gustin (9), Larsen (9), junior Maria Kuntz (8), and Sicheneder (8).
Kuntz led the team with 11 rebounds, followed by Manteuffel (10) and Sicheneder (8). Jordan outrebounded Mayer Lutheran 40-34, including 19 offensive rebounds to LHS’ 13.
“It was great that our defense stepped up,” Gustin said. “We just have to make shots and free throws.”
He said what hurt the team most was second chance points for Jordan (14) and the Crusaders’ poor free throw shooting.
“It comes down to the little things,” he said.
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