Goodhue Girls Run Away From Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Before our broadcast from the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars Den both coaches pointed to turnovers as the key to victory. Cougars Head Coach Andy Bromeling hoped his team would be able to handle the pressure the Goodhue Wildcats can put on display. Wildcats Head Coach Josh Wieme wanted his team to be able to turn those turnovers into points.
Goodhue built a 31-27 halftime lead by scoring 17 points off 14 Zumbrota-Mazeppa turnovers. The Wildcats finished with 25 points off 21 Cougars turnovers while Goodhue had 9 turnovers and Zumbrota-Mazeppa scored 9 off those. Another key for Goodhue was getting to the free throw line. They were 8 for 11 in the first half and 8 for 16 in the second half while the Cougars finished 7 of 10 for the game.
The Wildcats had four players in double figures led by sophomore 5'6 Arianna Thomforde with 20 points. Senior 6'3 Lexie Lodermeier had 13 points. Senior 5'10 Kate Opsahl 11 points and sophomore 5'8 Elissa Lodermeier scored 11 points off the bench. Lexie Lodermeier had to have at least a half dozen assists in the game passing out of either the low or high post to a player slashing into the lane. Goodhue did what many teams fail to do against a zone defense. They attacked the basket and got 28 points in the paint by my unofficial tally.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa couldn't get their top scorer in a rhythm because of all the turnovers. Junior 6'1 Ali Hunstad came into the game averaging 21 points per contest and got in some foul trouble. She finished with 9 points. The Cougars were led by senior 5'7 Natalye Quam and junior 5'11 Jakalyn Arendt with 10 points each.
Goodhue improved to 7-2 overall and is now in first place in the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division. Before the game Coach Wieme said he wanted to see how his team would stack up with the team chosen by many to win the Blue this season.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa falls to 6-3 a night after throttling Chatfield 83-37.
In other girls games Tuesday night:
- Kasson-Mantorville 84 Byron 75
- St. Charles 76 Kenyon-Wanamingo 61 (Megan Shanahan 32 points with 9 three point baskets for Saints. Riley Dummer leads K-W with 22 points and Megan Mattson chips in 17 points for Knights)
- Hayfield 69 Fillmore Central 48
- Rochester Lourdes 81 Lake City 71
- Triton 73 Cannon Falls 49 (Cobra Sydney Gilliland sets school record with 15 assists. Triton led by Kendra Petersohn 19 points. Cannon Falls Bella Davisson 14 points and Makayla Bowen 10 points)
- Stewartville 78 Pine Island 35
- Faribault 56 Rochester Century 37
- Mankato West 71 Albert Lea 30
- John Marshall 85 Austin 61
- Northfield 50 Mankato East 46
- Rochester Mayo 77 Winona 42
- Red Wing 72 Owatonna 51
- Waseca 68 NRHEG 28
- Kingsland 61 Rushford-Peterson 42
- New Prague 52 Bloomington Jefferson 32
- Cleveland 68 GHEC-Truman-Martin Luther 54
- Jordan 74 Norwood-Young America 69
- Leroy-Ostrander 77 Riceville, Ia. 58
- Blooming Prairie 53 Southland 43
- Belle Plaine 55 Mayer Lutheran 42
- Spring Grove 61 Decorah, Iowa 56
- Lakeville South 40 Rosemount 32
- Burnsville 53 Eagan 35
- Shakopee 66 Prior Lake 58
- Waukon, Iowa 64 Caledonia 59
- New Ulm 95 Worthington 55