The contests between the John Marshall and Mayo girls basketball teams figured to be tight this season, with both teams sporting quality squads.
Well, the opening stanza between the teams didn’t disappoint as the Rockets won a nail-biter, 61-60 in the Big Nine Conference showdown at McNish Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
It was the season opener for Mayo. JM moved to 2-1.
"It was a typical crosstown rival game," JM coach Phil Schroeder said. "Great atmosphere, both teams gave it their all, and we were able to come out on top. This was a total team win with everyone scoring, rebounding and playing defense. Our effort was great all game long. We need to keep our focus and get ready to play our home opener on Thursday against a very good Mankato East team."
The Rockets rode balanced scoring in coming away with the win, landing four players in double figures. Lilly Meister had 17 points, Tori Gateno 12, and Alexa Motley and Katie Hurt had 10 apiece.
Mayo had the halftime lead, but just barely, 27-26.
Nancy Soro paced the Spartans with 17 points. Jess Kunkel had 12 and Anna Miller 11.
JM outscored the Spartans 18-14 from the free throw line.
John Marshall 61, Mayo 60
JOHN MARSHALL (61)
Tori Gateno 12 P, 1 3-PT; Emma Jones 5 P; Katie Hurt 10 P; Jenna Boisen 4 P; Heather Mullenbach 3 P, 1 3-PT; Alexa Motley 10 P, 1 3-PT; Lilly Meister 17 P.
Mullk Hammadelniel 2 P; Lynnsey Hady 5 P, 1 3-PT; Anna Miller 11 P, 1 3-PT; Aaliyah Ross 3 P, 1 3-PT; Johanna Muenkel 2 P; Nancy Soro 17 P; Elli Collins 6 P, 2 3-PT; Jess Kunkel 12 P, 1 3-PT.
Halftime: MAYO 27, JM 26.
Free throws: JM 18-28, MAYO 14-21.
Three-point goals: JM 3, MAYO 6.
USTBY, NO. 1 LOURDES BEAT NO. 9 WASECA
Alyssa Ustby scored 28 points and the No. 1-ranked Lourdes girls basketball team held off No. 9 Waseca 64-59 on Tuesday night at Lourdes.
The Eagles led 35-31 at halftime in the showdown game.
“Hats off to both teams as they both played well,” Lourdes coach Aaron Berg said. “It was a fun atmosphere, and I'm just happy we were able to come out on the winning end of things. We still have plenty of things to clean up and I know we can play even better.”
Besides Ustby’s 28 points, Lourdes got 14 from Caroline Adamson, 11 from Sydney Elliott and eight from Anna Otto.
Waseca was paced by guard Gus Boyer with 24 points.
Lourdes moved to 2-0 with the win.
Lourdes 64, Waseca 59
Gus Boyer 24 P; Rachel Breck 14 P; Hannah Potter 12 P.
Sydney Elliott 11 P, 3 3-PT; Anna Otto 8 P, 2 3-PT; Annamarie Sieve 2 P; Alyssa Ustby 28 P; Vivica Bretton 1 P; Caroline Adamson 14 P.
Halftime: LOUR 35, WAS 31.
Free throws: WAS 7-15, LOUR 9-16.
Three-point goals: WAS 0, LOUR 5.
CENTURY SHARP IN NOTCHING FIRST WIN
Century showed some nice strides on Tuesday and beat Winona 67-54 in Big Nine Conference girls basketball.
"We did so many things well tonight, it was fun to see the girls being successful running the offense and putting points on the board,” Panthers coach Chadd Clarey said. “Our pressure defense created fast-break points and our outside shots were falling.”
Century built a 28-21 halftime lead. Kjerstin Ritz hit three of her four 3-pointers in the first half and finished the game with 19 points. Sophia Sahlin had 10 points, Kennedy Speer nine and Jordyn Sutton eight.
Izzy Goettelman had 22 points for Winona.
Century 67, Winona 54
Julia Kronebusch 10 P, 3 3-PT; Marisa Borkowski 9 P; Marquetta Berlin Burns 9 P, 1 3-PT; Izzy Goettelman 22 P, 2 3-PT; Paige Grafton 4 P.
Addison Clarey 4 P; Anna Tauscher 5 P, 1 3-PT; Kennedy Speer 9 P, 1 3-PT; Lydia Niederstadt 6 P; Jordyn Sutton 8 P; Taylor Clarey 6 P; Kjerstin Ritz 19 P, 4 3-PT; Sophia Sahlin 10 P.
Halftime: CENT 28, WIN 21.
Free throws: WIN 16-29, CENT 13-22.
Three-point goals: WIN 6, CENT 6.
M-C REBOUNDS PAST SCHAEFFER
MABEL -- Payton Danielson grabbed 15 rebounds and Mabel-Canton beat Schaeffer Academy 45-32 on Tuesday in Southeast Conference action.
Annie Orvis had 14 points for Schaeffer and hit four 3-pointers.
Mabel-Canton 45, Schaeffer Academy 32
SCHAEFFER ACADEMY (32)
Annie Orvis 14 P, 4 3-PT; Kate Friese 2 P; Kaitlyn Meincke 6 P, 2 3-PT; Elizabeth Amundson 3 P, 1 3-PT; Anna Lash 3 P; Julianne Waggie 4 P.
Lauren Wyffels 7 P, 8 R; Jordyn Newgard 5 P, 8 R; Camryn Cox 11 P, 9 R, 1 3-PT; Payton Danielson 2 P, 15 R; Avery Davis 8 P, 2 3-PT; MaKenzie Kelly 12 P, 3 3-PT.
Halftime: MC 16, SA 12.
Free throws: SA 2-7, MC 11-18.
Three-point goals: SA 7, MC 6.