Cathedral girls blow past Mustangs

By Andrew Westra

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM – New Ulm Cathedral got off to a slow start, but it dominated the last three-fourths of the game and cruised to a 50-30 victory over Tomahawk Conference opponent Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Tuesday night in girls basketball action.

Both teams struggled to get going before Hannah VanderVoort finally scored the first two points of the game on two free-throws with 14:30 left in the first half. VanderVoort led the Mustangs with 12 points on the night.

Cathedral did not get on the board until Karlee Pfaff hit a free throw with 12:56 left in the half.

Trailing 7-3, Paige Pautzke made the Greyhounds’ first field goal, and she went on to score seven straight points spurring a 17-3 run to end the half for the Greyhounds. Pautzke had 10 of the 17 points in the run.

“I just took what came to me,” Pautzke said. “My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball and my shots just happened to be falling.”

Cathedral led the Mustangs 20-10 at halftime.

The two teams traded baskets to start off the second half before the Greyhounds were able to pull away behind Pautzke and Pfaff.

Pautzke led all scorers with 16 points, while Pfaff added 10.

“We were tired,” BLHS head coach James Bertsch said. “It was just not a good game for us. We just have to rest up and bounce back on Thursday.”

Cathedral (12-5, 8-4) travels to play at Springfield on Friday, while BLHS (0-15, 0-12) will play at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Thursday.

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