Cathedral tops Raiders
NEW ULM – New Ulm Cathedral snapped Nicollet’s seven-game winning streak with a 62-44 victory in a nonconference game on Tuesday.
The Greyhounds (14-8, 9-7 Tomahawk) were led by Leah Krzmarzick, who made all three of her 3-point attempts to score 11 of her game-high 18 points coming off the bench in the first half.
“She’s very capable of that, it’s just getting her to play within herself and letting the game come to her instead of trying to force shots,” said Cathedral coach Jeremy Drexler. “When she’s set, she can knock that shot down.”
Other top scorers for Cathedral included Anne Schwarz with 10 points and Kristin Mohr with eight.
The Raiders (10-11, 8-6 Valley) were held to 14 points in the first half and could not get going until the second.
“It didn’t help that we didn’t have school yesterday or practice all weekend,” said Nicollet coach Melissa Young. “That kind of threw us off, but Cathedral just played a good game. We were just a little bit out of sync.”
However, a 16-5 run through the first leg of the second half pulled Nicollet to within five points at 35-30 with rougly 10:20 to go.
Senior Lindsay Simon spurred Cathedral on from there, scoring six of her seven points shortly after the depletion of its lead to keep Nicollet at a distance scoring-wise.
“The last three games, she’s been playing really well,” Drexler said of Simon. “Taking better care of the basketball and she always rebounds well, always plays great defense and works her tail off down there underneath. A lot of times, she gets tips or steals that sometimes go unnoticed.”
Cathedral increased its lead back to double digits at 46-34 thanks to a 5-of-6 free-throw shooting performance. It ran away with the win from there.
Emily Skrien led Nicollet with 13 points, while Alyssa Wagner pitched in 10.
In having her team’s seven-game losing streak snapped, Young said she doesn’t worry about losing momentum with Section 2A play just around the corner.
“I always tell them that mistakes aren’t mistakes if you learn from them,” Young said. “If we can take some of these things going into playoffs and learn from them, it’s actually beneficial.”
Drexler’s team will likely receive a seed in the upper half of the 2A North Subsection, but is unsure what it will receive when seedings are released on Wednesday.
“We’d like to get a home game,” Drexler said. “Truthfully, though, I think we’ll probably be the No. 5 seed, which would be my guess.”
Both teams have one game remaining before playoffs begin. Nicollet will play Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at 7:30 p.m. next Monday in Morgan, while Cathedral will play No. 8 Mankato Loyola at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Mankato.
Nicollet 14 30 – 44
N.U. Cathedral 27 35 – 62
Wagner 4-15 0-0 10, E Skrien 5-15 2-2 13, Bode 3-5 0-0 7, Meurer 1-4 0-0 2, Young-Kruse 4-8 1-2 9, Juberien 1-2 0-0 3, Fischer 0-0 0-0 0, Poehler 0-1 0-0 0.
N.U. CATHEDRAL (62)
Eckstein 2-4 1-2 5, K Mohr 2-4 4-8 8, Pfaff 2-7 2-2 7, Simon 2-6 3-7 7, Schwarz 3-4 4-6 10, Krzmarzick 4-8 7-10 18, Laraway 0-3 1-2 1, Gangelhoff 2-6 2-2 6, Rothmeier 0-0 0-0 0, A Mohr 0-0 0-0 0.