MLC women cruise along

NEW ULM – Second-chance points and early runs were the difference in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball game between the Martin Luther Knights and the Rams of North Central.

MLC (6-7, 3-0) won its third straight as they defeated North Central (5-7, 0-3) 90-64 on Saturday.

The Knights and Rams traded scores and were tied up at 7-7 early in the contest. A 10-0 run to follow with three baskets from Erin Schmeling, put them up by 10.

Alex Anton led the Knights with 18 points and helped the Knight to stay undefeated in the conference. She received help from Hannah Hackbarth with 14 points and Rebecca Engelbrecht with 12 points and nine rebounds.

North Central’s Jamie High had a game-high 28 points.

After a made jumper from High with 13:11 left in the first half, MLC went on a run of 11-1 to go up 32-14 with eight minutes to go in the first half.

Of the 53 first-half points for the Knights, 18 of them were scored on second chance points as a result of 12 offensive rebounds.

Shelby Norman cut the MLC lead to 13 with 4:35 to play after a made jumper and two free throws, but that was as close as the Rams got the rest of the game.

MLC had one final run of 16-3 to close the first half as it took a 53-27 lead to the half.

The second half was more back and forth with the Knights not letting their lead slip below 20.

A 9-0 run late by the Rams put the deficit to 21, which was the closest it got in the second half.

The Knights travel to St. Scholastica on Friday.

North Central

High 11-20 6-9 28, Aleckson 1-4 1-2 3, Skeesick 1-7 0-0 3, Grenell 2-15 2-2, Norman 4-12 7-7 18, Goutierez 2-3 0-2 4, Sams 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 22-63 16-26 64

Martin Luther

Nass 2-5 0-0 4, Engelbrecht 4-6 4-5 12, Anthon 6-8 4-5 18, Schmeling 4-9 0-1 9, Gossen 2-5 2-3 7, Koelpin 2-4 0-0 4, Hackbarth 4-9 4-4 14, Rothfuss 1-2 0-0 2, Maertz 2-4 0-1 4, Neeb 1-3 0-1 2, Schroeder 3-7 0-0 6, Schoof 1-6 2-2 5, Wilson 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 33-70 17-26 90.

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