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Spartans rally past Packers

The outlook wasn't pretty for the Rochester Mayo girls basketball team midway through the third quarter of their Big Nine game against Austin Friday night at McNish Gym.

The Spartans trailed by 10, 42-32. Following a timeout, however, Mayo went to work. The Spartans closed out the quarter with a 12-0 run, which eventually became a 15-0 run, and won 60-55.

Mayo coach Les Cookman said the difference was turnovers, or lack thereof.

"We had a ton of turnovers in the first half," he said, "but we took care of the ball better in the second half. I don't think we had more than three or four turnovers in the second half."

Erin Boese was Mayo's leading scorer with 21 points. Megan Lindman added 14.

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"Boese played her best game by far," Cookman said. "She and Linnea Johnson did a great job guarding (Austin's Lisa) Bue, who is one of the better players in the conference. And Johnson had a couple of huge hustle plays for us."

Johnson hauled down nine rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Lindman also had nine boards, as Mayo owned a 31-23 edge in rebounding. The rebounding advantage was important because the Spartans shot only 10-for-23 from the foul line.

"We missed the front ends of some one-and-ones, but we got the offensive rebounds and were able to kick the ball back out and keep possession," Cookman said.

Bue led the Packers (1-2) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Amy Kelly added 13 points and Brittney Erickson 12.

The Spartans (2-0 Big Nine, 3-0 overall) are at Winona on Tuesday night.

AUSTIN (55)

Caitlin Jurgensen 0, Brittney Erickson 12, Nicole Turvey 0, Amy Kelly 13, Keri Feller 4, Stephanie Eslinger 6, Laura Geffert 6, Lisa Bue 14.

ROCHESTER MAYO (60)

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Erin Boese 21, Katelyn Carlson 3, Therese Clark 0, Linnea Johnson 9, Megan Linbo 0, Megan Lindman 14, Shelly Monahan 3, Melissa O'Brien 10.

Quarter scores

Austin 12 32 42 55

; Mayo 7 26 44 60

; Three-point goals -- Austin (Kelly 1, Geffert 2, Bue 2), Mayo (Boese 3, O'Brien 1).

Free throws -- Austin 6-14, Mayo10-23.

Fouled out -- None.

Lourdes struggles early, beats Cotter

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The Rochester Lourdes girls basketball team remained unbeaten with a 61-41 win over Winona Cotter on Friday night.

The Eagles struggled in the first quarter against the press of the visiting Ramblers and scored only 12 points. However, Lourdes broke the pressure and scored 23 points in the second quarter to take control of the Hiawatha Valley League contest.

"We made a nice run near the end of the first half and that got us the big lead," Lourdes coach Myron Glass said. "Both teams pressed throughout the game and that led to a lot of turnovers."

Defensive pressure by Lourdes led to 33 turnovers for Cotter. The home team also had trouble with press and committed 19 turnovers.

Ellen Hake led Lourdes with a double-double as she scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Hake got most of her points in the second half. Anne Breland was the only other Lourdes player in double figures for scoring with 11 points and she also had 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Kelly Kukowski of Cotter was the game's high scorer with 18 points. Lourdes had 10 different players score in a balanced offensive attack. Anna Maguire sparked the Eagles offense with five assists in the win.

Lourdes (4-0, 3-0 HVL) plays Byron at home next Friday night.

WINONA COTTER (41)

Dani Bowlin 5, Devin Bowlin 7, Peggy Keane 2, Kelly Kukowski 18, Lindsey Maus 0, Jaime Schrupp 3, Katey Shea 1, Jess Weisbrod 7.

ROCHESTER Lourdes (61)

Claire Anderson 2, Amy Battey 0, Anne Breland 11, Trisha Grant 4, Ellen Hake 16, Lindsay Jensen 4, Steph Knell 0, Leah Kodet 5, Anna Maguire 6, Joanna Nigon 3, Megan Pierskalla 2, Elizabeth Samari 0, Carling Spelhaug 8.

Quarter scores

Cotter 7 16 31 41

; Lourdes 12 35 53 61

; Three-point goals -- Cotter 2 (Kukowski 2), Lourdes 1 (Breland).

Free throws -- Cotter 9-18, Lourdes 8-16.

Fouled out -- None.

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