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AUSTIN EDITION -- Austin can't stay with Mayo in second half

ROCHESTER -- Austin was no match for Big Nine Conference leader Rochester Mayo in girls basketball on Friday.

The host Spartans used a big second half to roll to a 73-49 victory. The Packers entered the game having won four of their past five games. And Austin stayed close the first half.

Mayo held a slim 33-30 lead at the half before going on runs of 20-10 in the third quarter and 20-9 in the fourth.

"At halftime we talked about how our advantage was inside and we went to a little different offense," Mayo coach Les Cookman said. He said Austin pressed the entire game, but Mayo was able to pass through it in the second half and got a lot of good shots.

"Our big three, (Megan) Lindman had 10, (Sonya) Bute had 10 and (Kristi) Boese had 11 in the second half," said Cookman.

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The Spartans (14-2, 11-1 Big Nine) were 34-of-58 from the field. Kristi Boese led all scorers with 20 points. Overall, Mayo had 27 assists as the Spartans worked the ball inside.

Center Steph Eslinger paced the Packers with 13 points and guard Amy Kelly added nine. Mayo held Lisa Bue, Austin's top scorer, to just six points, nine under her average.

The Packers (8-9, 5-7 Big Nine) will play host to Mankato East on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

AUSTIN (49)

Lisa Bue 6, Bridget Burzinski 5, Jenna Cummins 3, Brittney Erichson 1, Steph Eslinger 13, Keri Feller 5, Laura Geffert 6, Caitlin Jurgensen 0, Amy Kelly 9, Meggan Rider 0, Shelly Sorenson 0, Steph Sundberg 0, Nicole Turvey 0, Teresa White 1, Amy Wollenburg 0.

ROCHESTER MAYO (73)

Tasha Benson 1, Erin Boese 8, Kristi Boese 20, Sonya Bute 18, Therese Clark 2, Linnea Johnson 0, Megan Lindman 16, Shelly Monahan 0, Melissa O'Brien 2, Chelsea Riemersma 0, Laura Uehling 2, Lisa Uehling 0.

Quarter scores

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Austin 14 30 40 49

; Mayo 15 33 53 73

; Three-point goals -- Austin 1 (Kelly 1), Mayo 2 (K.Boese 2).

Free throws -- Austin 10-17, Mayo 3-9.

Fouled out -- None.

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