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Merry Double Overtime - 12/26/11

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
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Coming into the Chatfield-Kingsland girl's basketball contest, one could've expected a good game. Both entered with 5-3 records. Chatfield entered 5-1 in conference play, the loss coming at the hands of Caledonia by 11. Kingsland entered even in league play (2-2), losses coming to Caledonia (by 4) and PEM (by 6). Chatfield beat the Bulldogs by 20. But the Gophers fell to Rochester-Lourdes by seven, a team the Knights beat by nine. They split last season's series (games decided by four and five points). Expecting a darn good game and getting what unfolded are two different things. It was a hard-fought defensive battle. Flash forward to one minute to go in regulation. An Erin Kammer driving lay-up gave the Goph's a 39-36 lead. Knight MacKenzie Marzolf then got fouled and made one of two FT's. Kingsland subsequently got a steal. Cheyenne Losey got a hoop (for the 39-39 tie) and-some-harm, but she couldn't convert on the free throw (for the lead). Marzolf, however, grabbed the offensive rebound, only for the Knights to turn the ball over, fouling Kammer simultaneously. She went to the line for a one-and-one with 10.9 second remaining. She missed the front end (for the lead), but Sarah Costello grabbed an offensive rebound, only to miss a desperation game-winning three-pointer. In OT #1, a pair of Costello FT's gave Chatfield a 43-41 lead with 41 ticks left, but Losey responded with a little lefty hook shot off the glass. Inbounding with 14 seconds, Chatfield was able to get the ball up the court, but they were forced to dribble under the basket and out-of-bounds as time expired. In OT #2, the Knights circumvented the battle each team had all game long with scoring from the field. They used the free throw stripe. A pair of Marzolf freebies gave the Knights a lead. Three Nicole Swanson FT's stoked the lead to five. Three more freebies capped an 8-0 second overtime period for the Knights, and won them a pivotal early season Three Rivers contest (51-43). Kingsland didn't attempt a FG in the final OT period, but they were 8 of 10 at the line. Chatfield was 0 for 8 from the field, 0-1 from the line. Losey led all scorers and rebounders with a strong 16 and 12 night (8 of 10 on 2-point shots). Swanson added 9 points, 5 rebounds, and a number of blocks (including a big one in the final OT). Lindsay Tart and McKayla Pruter both had eight. For Chatfield, Sidney Irish and Sarah Costello each had 11. MaKenzie Miller had 8 and a team-high 9 rebounds. Through the first overtime, Kingsland largest lead was five (7-2). Chatfield's largest lead was three (on three separate occasions). The game had eight ties and ten lead changes. Kingsland improves to 6-3 overall, 3-2 in conference. Chatfield falls to 5-4 overall, 4-2 in conference. Each trails Caledonia (7-0, 8-0) and Dover-Eyota (6-1, 8-2) for conference supremacy, just ahead of PEM (4-3, 4-3).

Twas Three Nights Before Christmas...

...and all through the Knight house Kingsland fans were stirring. Their boys played the part of cat to the Chatfield Gophers' mouse. With Coach Eckheart, a shorter-bearded Santa, driving the sleigh. Tanner Lange played Rudolph, scoring 18 points, including three trays. He wasn't alone. He had Donner and Blitzen, if you will. Spencer Klevan and Devin Pokorney stepped up. The hoop they did fill (16 points and 7 rebounds, 13 points respectively). The only Grinch of the night was a former schoolmate named Nate. Young Skare was the Gopher's best offense (17 points), but it was too little too late. The final score to the contest was 65-42. Black and silver fans left for home quite happy, maroon and white fans quite blue. And the Knights exclaimed as Chat fans drove out of sight, Merry Christmas to all, but to you Gophers, just leave our town for the night! Kingsland built an early 17-5 lead. A cluster of Gopher threes midway through the first half cut the lead to one twice (19-18, 22-21). From there the Knights were in control. They led 40-27 at halftime. Their advantage never dipped below nine in the second stanza. Lange also had 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals. He's averaging 19.4 points/game. Heading to the Christmas break, the Knights are 4-1 in the Three Rivers, 4-3 overall. They're alone in 3rd place behind PEM (5-0, 7-1) and Southland (5-0, 7-1), just ahead of R-P (4-2, 4-2) and L-A (4-2, 4-3). Chatfield is 2-4, 2-6.

Half a Hope in Winona

St. Mary's University campus played host to a boys-girls double-header between Mabel-Canton and Hope Lutheran. The girl's got things started. Early on, M-C had no answer for the Patriot's Dakota Ellinghuysen. The 5'9" sophomore F had 11 of her home team's first 13 points (many on O-rebound put-backs). Her efforts, a 7-plus minute M-C scoring draught to end the half, accompanied by a 6-0 HL run, left the Coug's trailing 22-14 at the intermission. M-C got to as close as 33-30 with under seven to go before hitting another draught. HL put together another 6-0 run, one that left the Lady Patriots victorious 39-35. Ellinghuysen was high scorer with 17. Danielle Paul was tops for the Cougars with 10. Lydia Geving had 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. The teams combined for 43 offensive rebounds; HL had 11 second-chance points to M-C's 7 (the difference in the contest). The boys then took center stage, or more appropriately, M-C's Steve Smith and Hope's Jason Klug did. Smith scored the Coug's first 18 points, Klug the Pat's first 10. At the half, Klug's team led 27-24. Out of the break, it was all Mabel-Canton. Jacoby Bigalk aided Smith in sponsoring a 14-0 Cougar run, making the score 38-27. The closest Hope got from there was five (with 26 ticks left). M-C prevailed 61-55. The large-in-statute soft-in-touch Smith did yeoman's work down low, scoring a season high 37 points on 16 of 23 shooting while snaring 18 rebounds. One carom established him as M-C's all-time leader (568 and counting), breaking his brother Joe's record (562). After not scoring in the first, Bigalk's 11-point second half gave M-C a critical second threat. Justin Ward did a bit of everything (6 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists). Klug finished with 20 for Hope. Teammate Caleb Forst added 18 including 5 trifectas. Hope plays no juniors or seniors.


High school basketball in SE Minnesota has its share of one-sided affairs. Games sometimes are rather uncompetitive. Tuesday the 20th was that way. Eight of nine Fillmore County squads played games decided by double-digits. Kingsland Knight fans had reason to rejoice. The boys, behind the tri-faceted scoring punch of Tanner Lange (24), Sam Eberle (15), and Spencer Klevan (14), turned a 4-point halftime lead into an 18-point (70-52) victory over the St. Charles Saints. The girls, meanwhile, handed the Lady Saints a 49-26 defeat. Lindsay Tart led the way with 16 points (on 3-3 from deep), 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. The team made 7 of 12 long-rangers. R-P Trojan fans were equally satisfied. The boys did their thing in Wabasha, building a 21-point halftime lead, prevailing 67-52. Nick Thompson had 22, Trent Vix 14. The girls gave the home crowd a lot to cheer for. They thumped the Lady Falcons (North) 64-22. Four Trojans reached double-figures led by Kenzie Lind's 21-point, 13-rebound, 5-steal effort. Kendra Crawford added 12 points and 7 assists. In the PEM-Chatfield series, the girls showed which one loss 3-Rivers squad was better. Sarah Costello was extremely busy (18 pts, 9 rebs, 5 ass, 4 stls). MaKenzie Miller (14 pts, 9 rebs), Sidney Irish (11 pts), and Erin Kammer (7 rebs, 7 assists) all did work. The Lady Goph's worked PEM 58-38. The boys, however, had the unenviable task of facing their Bulldog counterparts. Just how unenviable was the task? It was 85-51 unenviable. Nate Skare did score 16 points (in the second half when the game was decided). PEM had four in double-figures. The Mabel-Canton boys flew solo, and into Rochester to face Schaeffer Academy. The Lions held down M-C lead man Steve Smith (7 pts, 12 rebs), but couldn't hold down the score. Behind Jacoby Bigalk (12) and Gabe Lind (9) the Cougars slugged their way to a 49-36 victory. That left the Fillmore Central/Dover-Eyota series. In Harmony, the young Lady Falcons had it get ugly on them. Behind Sarah Pease's 22 first half points, Three Rivers conference contender D-E built a 46-20 halftime lead. FC's Alex Peterson tried to counteract that effort by registering a double-double (13 pts, 12 rebs), but it was in vain. In the end, everyone got to play and the score ballooned (77-27 Eagles). Finally, the most competitive game of the night, and highest scoring, saw the FC boys build a 13-point halftime lead against D-E. They prevailed 76-70; free throw shooting a big key (FC was 21 of 27 from the line, D-E 8 of 21). Four Falcons, Ryan Baker (16), Zach Olstad (15), Ryan Mayer (13), and Tyler Eickhoff (12) found double-digits. In total, a combined 221 points decided nine games, an average margin of victory of 24.5. County teams went 7-2.



•FC 37, Grand Meadow 59 (FC: A. Peterson 16. GM: Autumn Thorsen 15. Falcons are 0-5)

•La Crescent 52, M-C 25 (M-C: Lydia Geving 8 pts, 8 rebs, 5 stls, 3 assists; Bailey Hanson 6 pts, 9 rebs. LC: Jen Michalke 16. Coug's are 2-4 in SEC, 2-5 overall)

•R-P 38, D-E 80 (R-P: K. Crawford 13. D-E: Brandi Blattner 18 pts & 9 rebs. S. Pease 17 pts and 6 stls. TO's: R-P 25, D-E 13. Rebs: R-P 26, D-E 38. R-P is 2-6 in 3-Rivers and overall)

* In the SEC, Spring Grove (6-0, 8-2) and LeRoy-Ostrander (6-0, 7-2) lead conference. Lanesboro is in third (5-1, 5-4), ahead of 4th place Lyle/Pacelli (3-2, 3-3).



•D-E 20, R-P 61 (R-P: N. Thompson 22. Trojans are 4-2 overall/Three Rivers. Thompson = 27.7 PPG)

•Southland 51, FC 43 (FC: Sveen 10. S: Mike Goergen 15 pts & 8 rebs; Nick Schmitz 15. Falcons led 28-21 a half. They got out-rebounded 36 to 24. Record stands at 2-4 in Three Rivers, 4-4 overall)

* In SEC, Lanesboro (4-0, 4-1) and Spring Grove (4-0, 5-1) are on top, followed by Mabel-Canton (4-1, 4-3) and Houston (3-1, 5-1).



•Lake City Triangular (Chatfield 67, La Crescent 11; Chatfield 35, Lake City 29; Lake City 55, La Crescent 8. Gophers are 11-3 in duals this season.)

*Lewiston-Altura/Rushford Peterson's dual meet record is 9-2; FCLMC's is 0-3 in duals; GMLOK is 1-2.

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