LHS girls top Belle Plaine 65-34

Last week was relatively easy for the Mayer Lutheran girls’ basketball team, as the now 12-8 Crusaders had just one game and picked up a 65-34 victory over the Belle Plaine Tigers on Feb. 6, a team that was just 1-16 coming into Thursday’s match up.

The Crusaders shot 49 percent (27-55) on the night, over Belle Plaine’s dismal 19 percent (10-51). In addition, Mayer Lutheran was 9-11 at the free throw line (81 percent).

“We shot the ball well, particularly inside the paint,” Mayer Lutheran head coach Kris Gustin said.

With their strong shooting, the Crusaders controlled the game and held a 35-21 lead at halftime. They then outscored the Tigers 30-13 in the second half on their way to a 65-34 victory.

Patience proved key to the success of the Crusader offense.

“They played quite a bit of zone against us and we were patient,” Gustin said.

The Crusaders won the battle of the boards 38-28, but Belle Plaine grabbed 14 offensive rebounds to LHS’ 12.

“It’s nice to get a win, but they got more offensive rebounds than we did,” Gustin said.

Turnovers stayed under 20, as the Crusaders handed the ball over 19 times to Belle Plaine’s 23.

On offense, senior Lauren Manteuffel led LHS with 23 points. Sophomore Kalie Winter and junior Maria Kuntz also saw double figures, netting 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Kuntz led the team with nine rebounds, followed by Winter (8), Manteuffel (7), and senior Shelby Sicheneder. Senior Krianna Boelke had a team-high five steals.

Mayer Lutheran is now 6-4 in the conference, 12-8 overall, sitting comfortably in fourth place. This week is a busy one for the Crusaders, who traveled to Norwood Young America on Tuesday, and will host Hutchinson and LeSueur-Henderson tonight and tomorrow Feb. 13-14. Next week, the girls will be on the road against St. Peter (Feb. 18) and Watertown-Mayer (Feb. 21). The regular season wraps up Monday, Feb. 24 against Sibley East.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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