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MAYO JM GIRLS LOSE IN FIRST ROUND

By Ken Hanson

kenhanson@postbulletin.com

Rochester Mayo managed to hold two Division I signees to a total of seven points, but the Spartans shot only 20 percent on two-point shots in a 38-34 loss to Bloomington Jefferson on Thursday. The game, played at Alumni Hall in Lourdes High School, was part of first-round action of the 2002 Rotary/US Bank Girls Holiday Classic.

The eight-team tournament continues through Saturday.

Despite their icy shooting, the Spartans got to within one point, 35-34, with 1:35 left in the game on a three-pointer by senior Erin Boese. But it was the last basket by Mayo, while Jefferson sank three free throws.

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"It was another tale of turnovers and poor shooting," said Mayo coach Les Cookman. "We played good defense, but Jefferson is too good a ballclub to play like that."

Mayo committed 24 turnovers, seven more than its average entering the game.

Boese and Melissa O'Brien both sank three-pointers in the fourth quarter during the final surge. But the Spartans committed three turnovers in the last 30 seconds to kill their hopes.

Jefferson played pressure defense, using a half-court trap. But it was Mayo's trouble making inside shots that made the difference, Cookman said.

"That's been our nemesis all season," he said.

Jefferson's Ashley Brenden and Hannika Walseth have signed to play Division I college basketball. Cookman credited Boese with neutralizing Walseth. He also said that Linnea Johnson played well.

Mayo plays Rochester John Marshall at 6 p.m. today at Alumni Hall.

Jefferson takes on Breck at 2 p.m. today at Mayo Civic Auditorium.

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Bloomington Jefferson 38, Mayo 34

BLOOMINGTON JEFFERSON (38)

Christy Lacombe 9, Sarah Austin 11, Hannika Walseth 3, Alissa Bates 0, Laura Jones 7, Ashley Brenden 4, Karen Lindell 2, Katie Meyer 2.

ROCHESTER MAYO (34)

Erin Boese 9, Katelyn Carlson 2, Linnea Johnson 10, Megan Linbo 4, Megan Lindman 6, Shelly Monahan 0, Melissa O'Brien 3, Brittany Rathbun 0.

Quarter scores

Jefferson 9 17 31 38

; Mayo 7 21 25 34

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; Three-point goals -- Jefferson 2 (Lacombe 2), Mayo (O'Brien 1, Boese 1).

Free throws -- Jefferson 6-16, Mayo 10-14.

Fouled out -- None.

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