Mayo upsets league leaders
Host Rochester Mayo upset Big Nine Conference leader Owatonna 38-32 Tuesday, holding the Huskies to only six points in the first half. The win avenged a 48-30 loss earlier in the season.
It was just the second Big Nine loss of the season for Owatonna, while the Spartans improved to 4-7 in the conference, 4-12 overall.
"Before we went on the court, I told the girls that if we wanted a chance to beat Owatonna, we had to hold them under 40 points," Mayo coach Angie Meister said.
Owatonna managed just one field goal in the first half, shooting 27 percent from the field.
"I hope that was a credit to our defense," Meister said.
Mayo shot 44 percent from the field, and sank 13 of 18 free throws.
Still, Owatonna pulled to within two points with less than a minute to play on two quick three-pointers. But Mayo got key free throws from Breana Ean and Karolina Haraldsdottir, and a clutch rebound from Alyssa Lunde to ice it.
Ean and Lunde led Mayo with 11 points each, and Haraldsdottir got 10. Teammates Laura Fulton made four assists and Chelsea Jajowak three. Lunde led in rebounds with seven; Ean had four.
The Spartans play at Winona on Friday then play host to Mankato East in a makeup game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
JM's Heiderscheit wins 200th game: Rochester John Marshall dug its way out of a 15-4 deficit to start the game and came back to beat Faribault 44-41 in a Big Nine conference game.
"This was a nice win. We stuck with it and finally caught them at 31-31 at the end of the third quarter," JM coach Terry Heiderscheit said.
"It was a wild finish, but we did just enough to get the win."
It was the 200th career win for Heiderscheit.
He said Emily West had a big night. She scored 17 points and had seven rebounds.
Sam Sikkink had eight points and seven rebounds, and Kristin Herges had a solid game at point guard, Heiderscheit said.
John Marshall improves to 8-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big Nine. The Rockets play at Mankato West on Friday.
• East; blitzes Century in second half: Rochester Century was no match for Mankato East in the second half, as the Cougars rolled to a 60-35 Big Nine Conference win at East.
The Panthers were in the game at halftime, down just 30-21. East outscored Century 18-5 in the fourth quarter to pound out the win.
"We have a great deal of work ahead of us in order to be ready for the section tournament," Century coach Aaron Berg said.
Whitney Priebe led Century (4-7 Big Nine, 5-12 overall) with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Becky Schneider added eight points.
East (6-4, 7-8) had three players hit double-figures.
Balance carries Lourdes again: Lourdes used a balanced attack to roll past Pine Island 43-27.
The victory moves the Eagles to 17-1.
Lauren Luebbe paced the Eagles with 12 points. Anne Breland made three three-pointers and finished with 10 points. She also had four steals.
Missy Tousley added eight points for Lourdes, and Amy Battey had seven points and seven rebounds. Claire Anderson handed out five assists.
Pine Island jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the game. The Panthers didn't score again in the first quarter, while the Eagles went on a 15-0 run that extended into the second quarter.
Lourdes led 21-12 at the half and 30-21 after three quarters.
The Eagles held a 26-21 edge on the boards and made 17 of 47 shots from the floor. Pine Island made 10 of 36 shots.
Arah Kleinschmidt led Pine Island with 13 points.