NEW ULM – New Ulm Cathedral reeled off 19 straight points to open the first half and cruised to a 58-12 win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Thursday night in non-conference girls basketball action.

The win was the Greyhounds’ sixth in a row since losing Dec. 7 to Wabasso.

The Knights tried to use a full-court press on Cathedral, but the Greyhounds were able to successfully work the ball up the floor and score points. LCWM abandoned the press later in the first half.

Cold shooting also hurt the Knights. They kept shooting the ball, but the shots would not drop. The half-time score was 29-2 for Cathedral.

LCWM tried to implement the press again in the second half, and it bothered the Greyhounds as they turned the ball over several times.

Cathedral countered with an up-tempo attack and it was able to out-score LCWM 29-10 in the half to seal the win.

Turnovers also affected LCWM, because the Greyhounds continued their tough defense that helped them jump out the convincing first-half lead.

Paige Pautzke and Karlee Pfaff each scored 10 points for Cathedral. Abby Hauser added seven points. Anne Schwarz had five steals and six rebounds.

LCWM was doomed by cold shooting, finishing the game with only three field goals. The Knights’ other six points came from the free throw line, where they were 6-for-10.

Cathedral meanwhile had 18 field goals, five 3-point shots and was 7-for-11 from the free-throw line.

The Greyhounds (7-2, 4-1) will play at Sleepy Eye (3-7, 0-3) Tuesday night in a Tomahawk Conference game.

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