Faribault fends off New Ulm

NEW ULM – Frustration was a key theme in the girl’s basketball game between New Ulm and Faribault.

Both teams shot less than 35 percent from the floor and both sides of the stands were outspoken in questioning the officiating at one point or another. In the end, Faribault edged out New Ulm 45-39 in a nonconference game on Saturday afternoon.

“Frustration mounts when you can’t get the ball in the hoop,” said New Ulm coach Dan Reinhart. “Both teams played really hard. I don’t think both teams played really well offensively, but they played really hard.”

Sophomore Ellery Akemann was the lone exception to the struggles for both teams as she shot 9-of-15 from the field and sank all eight of her free throws for a game-high 28 points for the Falcons (2-13, 0-9 Big 9). The only shot she missed in the second half was one she chucked from well beyond the 3-point arc at the buzzer.

“We just lost her a bunch of times,” Reinhart said of Akemann. “She had a lot of wide-open looks at the basket.”

The Falcons jumped out to a 6-0 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers from Dani Behrens and Jenna Wetzel. They built their biggest lead to 18-7 after a 3-pointer from Akemann roughly six minutes into the first half.

New Ulm (2-13, 1-5 South Central) stormed back to pull within one at 20-19 after a 3 from Taylor Bolduan – her only basket of the game. It then led for a grand total of 10 seconds before the former end of a one-and-one free-throw series by Cecilia Hake tied it up 21-21.

The Eagles outscored the Falcons 4-3 halfway through the second half. A 3-pointer by Akemann at the 9:05 mark was the Falcons’ first field goal of the half, which give them a 27-25 lead.

Faribault’s lead never fell from there on out, as it outscored New Ulm 12-11 in the final five minutes of the game to win its second contest of the season.

Sophomore Nikki Dittrich led the Eagles with 17 points coming off the bench. Briana Sieve led all starters with seven points on 2-of-2 shooting, while Kelsey Anderson chipped in five before fouling out.

Reinhart said the Falcons were more physical than his girls were, but he likes how hard they are playing at this point in the season.

New Ulm returns to the court at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when it travels to Winthrop to face Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

Faribault 21 24 – 45

New Ulm 21 18 – 39


Wetzel 2-4 0-1 5, Behrens 2-11 2-4 8, A Langesleg 0-1 1-6 1, Akemann 9-15 8-8 28, Hake 0-3 1-6 1, Silkey 0-2 1-2 1, Amacher 0-2 0-0 0, Hunt 0-1 1-2 1, H Langesleg 0-0 0-0 0.

NEW ULM (39)

Bolduan 1-4 0-0 3, Sieve 2-2 3-4 7, Schneider 2-4 0-0 4, Ahlness 0-4 0-0 0, Anderson 2-7 0-0 5, Reinhart 1-9 1-2 3, Dittrich 6-18 5-6 17, Rummel 0-0 0-0 0, Kelley 0-0 0-0 0.

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