Cathedral girls hang on for victory
NEW ULM -Leading by just four at halftime on senior night at New Ulm Cathedral, it was only fitting that the second half knockout punch was led by senior Lisa Helget and the Greyhounds.
Helget scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half to lead Cathedral to a 48-33 Tomahawk Conference win over Sleepy Eye on Friday evening.
The first half was a sloppy one for both teams. Both teams traded baskets early on and neither team reached the 20-point mark.
Sleepy Eye sophomore guard Justine Gonzalez had a big first half for the Indians, scoring 10 of her teams’ 14 points.
With the score close at the half, the Greyhounds came out firing on all cylinders, determined to win on senior night.
Cathedral started the half with a quick 8-2 spurt, and followed a few minutes later with another 8-2 spurt to push their lead to 16.
Helget along junior guard Kristin Mohr, who also scored 13 points, led the rally by working hard inside and getting tough layups to drop.
Sleepy Eye couldn’t quite recover from the Cathedral surge, as they were unable to cut the deficit below 10.
Karlee Pfaff made it a trio of 13-point scorers for the Greyhounds, doing so by making jump shots and numerous free throws.
“That (balance) was the goal all year so that defenses can’t key on one person,” Cathedral coach Mary Dengerud said. “I thought Kristin Mohr had a great night. She really took it to the hole which is her strength.
Gonzalez finished with 12 points, McKayla Ahlrich scored seven points, and freshman center Josie Schieffert showed great potential by scoring eight points and blocking several shots.
“She (Schieffert) averages about four blocks per game,” Sleepy Eye coach Ryan Hulke said. “She’s long, she’s lanky, and she’s just getting better which is scary for other teams.”
Dengerud applauded the Greyhound defense on holding Sleepy Eye to 33 points.
“Defense has been our strength all year,” Dengerud said. “It’s something we work really hard at. They (Sleepy Eye) have some good shooters in Gonzalez and Claire Krumbach, so I thought we did a real nice job.”
Hulke credited the Cathedral defense but also saw some things that the Indians did well.
“We got to the rim well, but we couldn’t finish and we couldn’t get it into the post,” Hulke said. “Cathedral’s bigs were working hard and fronting us well in the post. We’ve struggled putting the floor on the ball all year and this is the best we’ve done it so far.”
With the win over Sleepy Eye, the Cathedral seniors were able to celebrate senior night on a positive note.
“I think they were pretty excited,” Dengerud said. “Any win is nice, but senior night is pretty special.”
Cathedral improves to 13-7 (9-5) with the win and will play at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Monday. Sleepy Eye drops to 6-16 (2-12) on the year and will play at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Tuesday.