John Marshall's Stenhaug scores 1,000th career point
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Senior is just second JM girl to reach 1,000 career points
Camille Stenhaug scored her 1,000th career point and led Rochester John Marshall to an easy 56-35 win against Faribault Tuesday night at the John Marshall gym.
JM whipped Faribault for the second time this season and improved to 15-8 overall and 12-5 in the Big Nine Conference. Faribault dipped to 6-16, 3-14 in the conference.
Stenhaug, a senior guard, made a jumpshot early in the second half to become the just the second girls in school history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
Angie (Swenson) Meister, a 1993 JM grad who’s now the head Mayo girls basketball coach, is JM’s all-time leading scorer with 1,133 points.
"Being just the second player to do it here, it really is quite an accomplishment," said JM coach Terry Heiderscheit. "I’m really happy for her; it’s a great milestone."
Stenhaug finished with 20 points and four steals.
The game was stopped when she scored her 1,000th point and she was presented with the ball.
Also for the Rockets, Sam Sikkink and Nytor Longar both scored 11 points.
Alyssa Rushton had nine rebounds and four assists, and Sikkink added six rebounds.
JM built a 10-point lead in the first half and led 30-17 at halftime.
The Rockets had the hot shooting hand at 54 percent.
JM plays its last game of the regular season at home on Friday night.
CENTURY 77, AUSTIN 52
Panthers one win from title
Rochester Century moved within one more win of claiming at least a share of its first Big Nine Conference title in girls basketball, crushing visiting Austin with a huge second half.
Century trailed 31-28 at halftime but rallied bigtime in the second half and outscored the Packers 49-21.
Century improved to 15-2 in the Big Nine and 17-6 overall. The Panthers maintained their share of the conference lead with Owatonna. Austin is 10-13, 7-10 in the conference.
"We really didn’t play well in the first half," Century coach Aaron Berg said. "Austin was taking us out of our offensive game and we just weren’t getting it done on defense."
But Century awakened in the second half, jumpstarted by Danielle Fischer’s three straight three-pointers.
"We are usually a first-half team so it was nice to see that we can still play well when down at the half," Berg added.
Fischer finished with 14 points, four steals and three assists.
Ericka O’Meara had a big game for the Panthers with 23 points, and Catherine Nass had 12 points and five rebounds.
Austin had three players score in double figures, Anna Hebrink with 12, and Brooke Monson and Kristina Vorpahl with 10 each.
Century, which had its first winning record in program history last year, can clinch a share of the Big Nine crown in its last regular-season game Friday at Winona.
Century could win the conference outright, if Owatonna were to lose its finale at Faribault on Friday.
EAST 62, MAYO 56
Cougars make 23 of 24 FTs
MANKATO — Rochester Mayo couldn’t match Mankato East’s sizzling free-throw shooting and it sent the Spartans to their ninth straight defeat.
Mankato East made a remarkable 23 of 24 free throws for 95 percent, and the Cougars outscored Mayo by 13 points at the line. Mayo made 10 of 18 free throws.
Mayo’s record dipped to 2-24, 2-15 in the Big Nine Conference. East is 4-19, 3-14 in the Big Nine.
Mayo was still very much in the game late, trailing by only one point with 2:40 remaining. But the Cougars put it away with free throws down the stretch.
"What it came down to was Mankato East making almost all of their free throws," said Mayo coach Angie Meister.
Meister said Mayo came out "very flat" and Mankato East led 32-21 at halftime.
But Mayo got back in the game in the second half and was within five or six points until the end.
Carly Grassle and Allyson Oeltjen both scored 15 points to lead Mayo, and Amelia Jajowka came off the bench to score nine. Oeltjen had 13 in the second half.
Grassle also had seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals, Oeltjen had six rebounds, and Tess Hanson had six rebounds and five steals.
Mayo shot 37 percent from the field, compared to 41 percent for Mankato East.
Mayo’s last regular season game is Friday at Rochester John Marshall.
- For additional photos from the Century-Austin game, see Sports Slide Show on www.postbulletin.com