Cougars run all over Chargers
NEW ULM – For the first three minutes of the game, it was all Minnesota Valley Lutheran in its Tomahawk Conference meeting with Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.
But the remainder of the 33 minutes belonged to the Cougars.
CM/C erased an early 9-2 MVL lead with an 18-0 run as it went on to top the Chargers 90-43 Friday night.
Zach Kerkhoff paced the Cougars (7-2, 6-0) with 26 points. Sam Pendelton added 24 and Riley Kerkhoff added 12.
Nick Dewanz led MVL (0-12, 0-6) with 10 points.
“I really liked our first three minutes of the game,” MVL coach Craig Morgan said. “We came out and talked on defense, we passed the ball well and we stayed within our game plan. But then we made some mistakes, took some shots that were not OK for this game. They took advantage of them and scored and scored fast.”
Chad Lease’s basket had given the Chargers that seven-point lead. But MVL didn’t score again for more than four minutes. By then, the Cougars had established a 20-9 lead and were well enroute to their sixth Tomahawk Conference win.
CM/C had leads of 27-11 and 38-12 in the first half before assuming a 51-21 lead on a Pendelton basket with one minute left in the first half.
“You try and work over a hump, but we first half to get the fundamentals down,” Morgan said. “They are an offensive machine.”
The Cougars kept the pedal to the metal as they increased their lead to 74-32 on a Zach Kerkhoff basket.
Despite the loss, Morgan said that he was happy with the effort of his players.
“They have given me effort 12 games in a row, they are a good group and will come back out and work hard Monday against New Ulm Cathedral,” he said.