Rotary girls basketball roundup: Mayo solves Farmington with dominant performance

Mayo turned in an outstanding second half and rode its defense to a lopsided win over Farmington.

Mayo vs. Farmington Rotary Holiday Classic Girls Basketball
Mayo's Kaia Kirkeby (3) looks for an open teammate during a Rotary Holiday Classic girls basketball game against Farmington on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
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ROCHESTER — Mayo has had its problems against Farmington in the past.

That was not the case on Thursday in the Rotary Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament at Mayo Civic Auditorium.

That was especially true in the second half when it clobbered the Tigers with its quickness and another do-everything effort by Hannah Hanson.

Mayo trailed 35-34 after a turnover-plagued first half. But once it settled down offensively, it dominated, outscoring the Tigers 40-23 the rest of the way.

Hanson, one of the top athletes ever out of Mayo, finished with 26 points (four 3-pointers) and was also close to double figures in steals and rebounds.


Mayo also got another big game from 6-foot-2 junior center Ava Miller , with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She was also a constant force defensively inside, blocking and altering shots.

Mayo 75, Farmington 57
Ella Goring 5 P; Marin Blom 4 P; Marianah Scott 10 P; Ellie Helgemoe 5 P, 1 3-PT; Carly Olson 2 P; Hannah Hansen 11 P; Bella Hemann 3 P, 1 3-PT; Maggie Griffin 11 P, 1 3-PT; Bailey Garrahy 6 P.
MAYO (75)
Hannah Hanson 26 P, 4 3-PT; Kaia Kirkeby 12 P; Addison Hill 5 P; Ava Miller 19 P; Izabel Ruskell 4 P; Lauren Brede 2 P; Amelia Mills 3 P, 1 3-PT; Mia Banks 2 P; Vicky Marial 2 P.
Halftime: FARM 35, MAYO 34
Free throws: FARM 5-6, MAYO 35-34.
Three-point goals: FARM 3, MAYO 5.

Lourdes 55, Totino-Grace 46

Lourdes had a heap of turnovers late in the second half, but the Eagles made up for it by doing pretty much everything else well in its 55-46 win over deceptively winless Totino-Grace.

Lourdes’ glue, as she’s been most of this early season, was 5-foot-9 guard/forward Vivica Bretton. The strong, quick and tenacious Bretton led Lourdes in scoring with 21 points. But it was her defense, rebounding and decision making that were just as impressive.

Lourdes (7-1) led just 27-25 at halftime. It built considerably on that with some strong play through the first 14 minutes of the second half before it was hit with a rash of turnovers.

Besides Bretton’s 21 points, 6-3 center Ella Hopkins had 17 points. Nobody else scored more than four.

Totino-Grace slipped to 0-8. But it looked better than that, likely thanks to the Class AAA team having played a difficult schedule.

Lourdes 55, Totino-Grace 46
Maria Radabau 9 P; Itoro Etuko 9 P; Chloe Nuss 11 P, 1 3-PT; Ava Riegel 8 P; Abby Lord 4 P; Megan Spencer 3 P; Caraline Schlaefer 2 P.
Emily Bowron 4 P; Grace Skinner 3 P, 1 3-PT; Lauren Hust 4 P; Vivica Bretton 21 P, 1 3-PT; Aaliyah Williams 4 P; Ella Hopkins 17 P.
Halftime: LOUR 27, TG 25.
Free throws: TG 6-11, LOUR 17-22.
Three-point goals: TG 1, LOUR 2.


White Bear Lake 63, Byron 45

White Bear Lake entered the Rotary tournament with one of the best Class AAAA records in the state at 8-1.

Now make it 9-1.

White Bear Lake was too much for one of the top Class AAA teams in the state, Byron. It got scoring from nine different players, built a 16-point halftime lead and then rolled to a 63-45 win.

Byron is ranked ninth in Class AAA and is now 7-2 overall, its only other loss to No. 5-ranked Goodhue (Class AA).

Byron had 12 players score but none of them had more than eight points. Emma Stork finished with eight and so did Kendra Harvey.

White Bear Lake 63, Byron 45
Cami Bachmeier 2 P; Addison Post 8 P; Maddy Thompson 1 P; Marin Peterson 8 P; Elizabeth Walleck 12 P, 1 3-PT; Anna Bosman 3 P, 1 3-PT; Jordyn Schmittdiel 10 P; Anna Sommerhuase 5 P; Setterlund 14 P, 3 3-PT.
BYRON (45)
Aubrey Akervik 2 P; Finnley Klunder 2 P; Paige Halder 7 P; Lexi Nelson 2 P; Makana Schroeder 4 P; Leah Strain 1 P; Jaiden Simon 4 P; Kayla Stork 3 P; Addison Johnson 3 P; Emma Stork 8 P, 2 3-PT; Rylee Finney 1 P; Kendra Harvey 8 P.
Halftime: WBL 39, BYR 23.
Free throws: WBL14-23, BYR 15-27.
Three-point goals: WBL 5, BYR 2.

Stewartville 85, John Marshall 38

The matchup didn’t look like a good one on paper, No. 10 ranked Stewartville (Class AAA) taking on a struggling John Marshall team.

It didn’t play out well on the floor, either, with the deep and talented Tigers having their way on both ends of the floor.


Stewartivlle (7-2) had 11 players score, led by Audrey Shindelar and Savannah Hedin each with 18 points. Ella Theobald added 12 points.

JM fell to 1-6 with the loss. The Rockets were led by Alayna Meister’s eight points.

Stewartville had the game put away by halftime when it led 48-20.

Stewartville 85, John Marshall 38

Kate Novak 3 P; Jazmin Daing 4 P; Madeline Gorden 3 P, 1 3-PT; Jacey Nelson 7 P; Kiru Othow 7 P, 1 3-PT; Alayna Meister 8 P; Sarah Mullenbach 1 P; Stacie Mullenbach 2 P.
Haylie Strum 13 P; Audrey Shindelar 18 P; Avery Spencer 7 P; Taylor Klement 2 P; Emma Rowen 2 P; Claire Ruter 1 P; Jayci Rath 2 P; Savannah Hedin 18 P; Ella Theobald 12 P; Keeley Steele 7 P; Hannah Martinson 2 P.
Halftime: STEW 48, JM 20.
Free throws: JM 7-19, STEW 14-19.
Three-point goals: JM 2, STEW 0.

Century 56, Lake City 20

Century stretched its record to 6-2 and did it with ease, burying struggling Lake City 56-20.

The Tigers, who were hit hard by graduation from last year’s stellar team, slipped to 2-6 overall.

Junior guard Taylor Clarey paced the Panthers with 19 points, including hitting three 3-pointers. Audrey Whitney added 10 and Ella Zmolek had nine.

Century led 32-6 at intermission.

The Panthers shot 23 free throws, making 17.

Century 56, Lake City 20
Jacey Majerus 6 P; Paige West 6 P; Emma Berge 1 P; Ella Matzke 4 P; Natalie Gates 1 P; Grace Morrisey 2 P.
Taylor Clarey 19 P, 3 3-PT; Audrey Whitney 10 P, 2 3-PT; Nora Lynch 3 P; Madison Ohm 6 P, 2 3-PT; Ella Kadlec 4 P; Ella Zmolek 9 P; Amelia Walker 5 P.
Halftime: CENT 32, LC 6.
Free throws: LC 8-25, CENT 17-23.
Three-point goals: LC 0, CENT 7.

New Richmond (Wis.) 57, Bloomington Kennedy 36

New Richmond was never threatened in its 57-36 win over Bloomington Kennedy.

Gaby Aune had a big game for the Tigers with 27 points, including burying a pair of 3-pointers.

Bloomington Kennedy fell to 1-9. It was paced by Macie Miller’s 12 points.

New Richmond 57, Bloomington Kennedy 36
Anna Fitzgerlad 1; Makayla Langeness 9 P, 1 3-PT; Gaby Aune 27 P, 2 3-PT; Brooke Blaszzczk 8 P; Lydia Halleen 8 P, 1 3-PT; Stella Nielsen 2 P; Paige Stangl 2 P; Elle Covey 2 P.
Macie Miller 12 P; Kaya Schletty 2 P; Hailey Williams 5 P, 1 3-PT; Lailoni Harris 9 P; Allison Sheehan 8 P.
Halftime: NR 30, BK 14.
Free throws: NR 5-10, BK 11-20.
Three-point goals: NR 4, BK 1

Pat has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion). Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or
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