Chargers pull away from Tigers

NEW ULM – The Minnesota Valley Lutheran girls basketball team had problems against the Springfield defensive pressure and the tempo early Tuesday.

But in the end, the Tigers couldn’t solve MVL’s Anna Munsen as she finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds in a 83-70 Tomahawk Conference win.

The Chargers committed 27 turnovers in the game due to the defensive pressure by the Tigers. That led to some quick baskets early by Springfield and it was frustrating for the Chargers.

In the end, the Chargers were able to pull away with free throws and better passes.

Charlotte Pfingsten had 15 points and Alexa Alfred also finished with 15 points. Nicole Moldstad had 13 points and Johanna Kettner had eight points.

“We were ready for it, we just worked as a team and we had to make sure our passes were crisper than they were in the beginning, because they were just all over the place,” Pfingsten said. “We had about five turnovers in a row, but we had a timeout and just realized we had to have better passes.”

Springfield was led by Joeli Arnoldi and Therese Roiger, who each scored 16 points. Taylor Milbrath scored eight points.

“I thought they made a good adjustment with our trap, they just kept getting the ball to Anna and we didn’t rotate very well,” Springfield coach Paul Arnoldi said. “We picked up a little bit more of a full-court in the second half, but it just came down to MVL is a really good basketball team and they’re very well coached.”

After Munsen scored to put the Chargers up 9-6, the Tigers came out running and gunning and took an 18-14 lead on a pair of Roiger free throws.

Later, Amy Davis scored off of a steal to put the Tigers ahead 24-22 with 6:58 left in the first half.

“I just told them that they were playing a different team and a team with a lot of speed,” MVL coach Dave Biedenbender said. “We had to get into the mindset that as soon as we make the hoop there is no celebration, but get back. You got to sprint back as hard as you can and we did a better job with that.”

The Chargers took a 26-25 lead on a Munsen basket and they went into halftime with a 38-37 lead.

MVL then slowly pulled away in the second half. The Chargers went up 46-38 on a basket by Mariah Stein. MVL then went up by 11 (62-51), but the Tigers didn’t give up. The eventually cut the deficit to 74-70 after Milbrath hit a pair of free throws, but the Chargers hit free throws late in the game to seal the win.

Springfield (2-1) plays Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at 6 p.m. on Friday in Morgan. MVL (3-0) plays West Lutheran at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Martin Luther College Invite.

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