Mabel-Canton’s Jordyn Newgard shoots from beyond the arc during last Tuesday’s game against Alden Conger.
Mabel-Canton’s Jordyn Newgard shoots from beyond the arc during last Tuesday’s game against Alden Conger. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER

The Mabel-Canton girls basketball team played some hard-fought and low-scoring basketball games last week, giving great defensive effort but coming up short in three non-conference games. The Cougars dropped a home game to Alden-Conger on Tuesday, Jan. 30, by a score of 39-34.

M-C was on the road two nights later at Grand Meadow in a non-conference game between SEC foes with the Superlarks using free throws to seal a 47-36 win.

The final game of the week was a home matchup against Wabasha-Kellogg that once again saw free throws turn out to be the difference in a 54-48 Falcon win. The Cougars are 6-14 overall (4-5 SEC).

Loss to A-C, 39-34

The Cougars lost at home against Alden-Conger, thanks to an ice-cold night shooting the basketball. A five-point Knight lead at halftime (21-16) would turn out to be the final margin of victory.

The Cougar offense generated a lot of shots (64) but not enough went in consistently (16, 22%). They weren’t shy about shooting beyond the perimeter, going four of 23 from outside (17%) while Alden-Conger made three shots from outside the arc.

Freshman Kenidi McCabe led the Cougars with 14 points, the lone M-C player in double figures and the game’s top scorer.

Payton Danielson chipped in seven points and a team-best 12 rebounds with Jordyn Newgard adding four points.

Freshman guard Abby Theusch of Alden-Conger was the top Knight on offense with 13 points. Guard Erika Bute chipped in 10 points.

A-C (6-12) actually had a chance to widen the lead, especially late in the second half, at the free throw line. But the Knights hit only eight of 19 free throws (42%).

M-C couldn’t generate many free throws, going just two for four at the stripe.

The Cougars were aggressive on the boards and on the defensive end of the floor. M-C grabbed 37 rebounds, 16 on the offensive end. McCabe contributed six rebounds, and Maddy Michels added five.

M-C came up with 13 steals with Danielson and McCabe each getting four apiece. The Cougars finished with 18 turnovers against the Knight defense.

Loss to GM, 47-36

In a low-scoring game for both teams, six more free throws and three more baskets were the difference in a win for Grand Meadow as the Superlarks swept the Cougars in the season series.

In their 11-point home win, the Larks owned a six-point advantage at the free throw line, where they hit 13 of 22 attempts (59%), while M-C hit seven of eight tries at the stripe. M-C had a three-point advantage outside the arc, hitting three treys (nine points) to two for GM (six points).

Grand Meadow (17-4, 8-2 SEC) led a tight game at halftime 21-19. The Larks would outscore Mabel-Canton 26-17 in the second half, stretching the final margin of victory to 11 points (47-36). This non-conference game was much closer than the 35-point SEC win for Grand Meadow on Jan. 2 (66-31).

Danielson had one of her best games of the season, leading all scorers with 19 points (two treys). Newgard chipped in six points.

Jordyn Glynn led the Superlarks with 13 points, and Riley Queensland scored 12 points.

Loss to W-K, 54-48

The Cougars were back on their home floor Saturday for a non-conference weekend game with Wabasha-Kellogg (10-10). Danielson had another fantastic game for the Cougars, knocking down four three-pointers and scoring 23 of her team’s 48 points.

But the biggest key to the game would be the free throw line. In a six-point victory, W-K held a six-point advantage at the stripe. Each team attempted 26 free throws; W-K made 17 (65%) while M-C sank 11 (42%).

Michels wasn’t far from posting a double-double, scoring nine points while grabbing eight rebounds for the Cougars. McCabe scored seven points while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Ellie Sholing led Wabasha-Kellogg with 11 points, Alana deAngel had 10 with Maddy Meyer and Sara Yager each contributing eight points.

It was a tight game most of the way as the Falcons were on top at halftime, 27-24. Both teams were remarkably consistent as W-K outscored M-C by that same 27-24 margin in the second half to grab the six-point win on the road.

Mabel-Canton held the edge in outside shooting, hitting 5 treys (15 points) to three (9 points) for Wabasha-Kellogg.


The Feb. 5 game with Spring Grove was postponed a week to Monday, Feb. 12. The Cougars are scheduled to host Schaeffer Academy on Friday, Feb. 9, with the Lions looking to sweep M-C. The Cougars will have the weekend off before hosting La Crescent on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Southeast Conference Girls

through Monday, Feb. 5 games


Houston………...8-2 (18-3 all)

Schaeffer Aca…. 5-6 (13-9 all)

Mabel-Canton…4-5 (6-14 all)

Spring Grove…...4-6 (8-11 all)

Lanesboro……....2-9 (3-16 all)


Lyle/Pacelli……….12-0 (21-1 all)

Grand Meadow….. 9-2 (18-4 all)

Randolph………….6-3 (15-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons..2-9 (3-16 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander…0-10 (0-20 all)