ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Goodhue update

By Donny Henn

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erin Gadient wanted to feel satisfied Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena, and with each passing minute she was beginning to.

But coming close to beating Bigfork in the Class A state quarterfinals wasn’t exactly doing it for Gadient and her Goodhue teammates in the moments following their season-ending 38-35 loss.

"We were all crying in the locker room," said the composed senior. "I’m trying to tell myself that it was a great season, and I’m so happy just to be here.

ADVERTISEMENT

"But at the same time, I’m thinking now about how we could have played just a little bit better, and then we could’ve had a couple more games."

Goodhue did a lot of things right in its first state tournament game in 13 years, holding No. 9-ranked Bigfork to 32 points below its scoring average, and limiting Huskies scoring star Shelby Goble to seven points, 12 below her average.

The Wildcats built a 15-8 lead in the first half with an 11-3 run that displayed the close-range scoring talents of 6-foot-1 sophomore center Chanel Robert. Goodhue led 19-16 at halftime, and Robert already had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

"I was getting a little nervous when that big girl (Robert) started making all those baskets," admitted Bigfork guard Annalise Klamm.

Goodhue had a couple of six-point leads in the second half, and led 31-25 when Gadient popped in a 10-foot jumper with 8:15 remaining.

But Bigfork. making their first state tournament appearance, didn’t panic. Goble, after missing her first nine shots, made a three-pointer from the left corner that tied the score at 33 with 6:00 left and sparked the Huskies.

Goble, a quick, 5-foot-5 senior guard, made a steal and an assist on a basket by teammate Megan Powell with 4:40 left that gave Bigfork its first lead since the opening minutes at 35-33. The Huskies never relinquished that lead.

"We do feel we can win a low-scoring game," said Bigfork coach Greg Powell. "We prefer to run and score, but we feel play a pretty good brand of defense, too."

ADVERTISEMENT

It had to be defense and rebounding that rescued Bigfork, because the Huskies never found their shooting touch, making just 27 percent from the field and 8-of-18 from the free-throw line.

Bigfork could afford to miss so many shots because they took a lot more (52) than Goodhue (39), thanks to a whopping 21 offensive rebounds for the Huskies.

Bigfork ignored Goodhue’s height advantage inside, and the 5-foot-5 Klamm tracked down a game-high 13 rebounds for the Huskies, with 10 more from 5-10 junior Adrianna Ivanovic.

"That little girl (Klamm) had eight rebounds by halftime, and she must’ve had that many more in the second half," Goodhue coach Josh Wieme said. "That was disheartening. We thought rebounding would be our strength."

Goodhue also hurt its chances with 21 turnovers, seven more than the Huskies. Goodhue had a spate of turnovers in the closing minutes, which short-circuited their attempts to regain the lead.

The Wildcats went seven minutes without a basket, before junior forward Grace Majerus returned an offensive rebound with 1:17 remaining.

Bigfork attempted to run out the clock, but Gadient, after nearly coming up with a steal, was called for a foul with 17.6 seconds left, and Bigfork’s Powell made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 38-35.

Goodhue called time with 5.4 seconds remaining and set up a three-point shot by Anne Lodermeier, but the sophomore forward’s shot bounced off the rim as time expired.

ADVERTISEMENT

"I’m sad we lost, but I’m so happy we got here," said Majerus, who finished with five points and seven rebounds.

Robert finished with 12 points and five rebounds for Goodhue. Junior Laura Watson contributed nine points and three rebounds, and senior Meribeth Schrimpf had a team-high eight rebounds.

Gadient, Schrimpf and reserve guard Angela Peterson are Goodhue’s only seniors. Gadient, a 1,000-point scorer, said she is undecided on a college, or whether she will play basketball.

"I think they’ll be back here next year," Gadient said, "and I will be back to watch them."

CLASS A STATE QUARTERFINAL

BIGFORK 38, GOODHUE 35

BIGFORK (27-2)

Shelby Goble 2-13 2-2 7, Annalise Klamm 4-7 1-2 10, Adrianna Ivanovic 5-21 3-7 13, Theresa Stewart 1-1 0-2 2, Megan Powell 2-10 2-5 6, Kate Dullard 0-0 0-0 0, Carolyn Thurston 0-0 0-0 0, Robin Prather 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-52 8-18 38.

GOODHUE (17-11)

Erin Gadient 2-12 0-0 4, Courtney Hinsch 0-1 0-0 0, Grace Majerus 2-3 1-2 5, Anne Lodermeier 1-8 0-1 2, Chanel Robert 6-9 0-0 12, Meribeth Schrimpf 0-1 0-0 0, Laura Watson 4-4 1-2 9. Totals: 16-39 2-5 35.

Halftime: GOOD 19, BIG 16.

3-point goals: BIG 2-15 (Goble 1-5, Klamm 1-2, Ivanovic 0-7, Powell 0-1), GOOD 1-8 (Peterson 1-1, Gadient 0-2, Hinsch 0-1, Lodermeier 0-4). Rebounds: BIG 39 (Klamm 13), GOOD 31 (Schrimpf 8). Turnovers: BIG 14, GOOD 21. Steals: BIG 15 (Klamm 4, Powell 4), GOOD 5 (Hinsch 3). Assists: BIG 8 (Powell 4), GOOD 10 (Gadient 2, Hinsch 2, Majerus 2, Robert 2). Blocks: GOOD 3 (Robert 2, Majerus 1). Total fouls: BIG 9, GOOD 15. Fouled out: None.

What To Read Next
Caitlin and Jason Keck’s two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation committee begins next month.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met on Jan. 5, 2023, to consider the application for Summit Carbon Solutions.
Qualified Minnesota farmers will receive dollar-for-dollar matching money to purchase farmland.