Miranda Cox breaks through a group of LeRoy-Ostrander players as she heads to the basket. The Cougars won the game, 56-30.
Miranda Cox breaks through a group of LeRoy-Ostrander players as she heads to the basket. The Cougars won the game, 56-30. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER

The Mabel-Canton girls basketball team ran its win streak to three in a row (longest of the season) after taking two games last week. The Cougars beat LeRoy-Ostrander 56-30 on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Mabel and then hit the road to beat Lanesboro 45-18, taking the season series from LHS. Mabel-Canton is now 6-11 overall (4-5 SEC).

Win vs. L-O, 56-30

In a strange quirk of the schedule, the Cougars completed what was essentially a home-and-home series with LeRoy-Ostrander. The teams met five days earlier (Jan. 18) in LeRoy in a non-conference game, where the Cougars won 61-34. Mabel-Canton would go on to sweep the series from the young Cardinal team with a 56-30 conference win.

The Cougars jumped out to a fast start and didn’t look back. The Cougars took advantage of an off-night shooting by the Cardinals and were on top of L-O by 14 points at the half (26-12) before outscoring L-O in by 12 in the second half (30-18), winning by 26 points on their home floor.

Freshman Kenidi McCabe is blossoming into a formidable scorer, leading the Cougars with 23 points (10 for 21 shooting) while grabbing eight rebounds and adding six steals defensively.

Payton Danielson also scored well, tossing in 18 points and completing a double double with 11 rebounds along with four assists and four steals.

Mabel-Canton was especially dominant inside the three-point line, going 19 for 48 (40%), while the Cardinals were just five of 30 (17%), outscoring L-O 38-10 within the arc.

Neither team shot well from outside with Mabel-Canton hitting three of 20 from long range while the Cardinals were two for eight.

Junior Haley Hungerholt was the only Cardinal in double figures, finishing the game with 16 points, to go with eight rebounds and five steals. Tiana Plagman was the top Cardinal on the glass, finishing with 10 rebounds, and Kayden Schulte finished with nine.

LeRoy-Ostrander (0-14, 0-8 SEC) held a five-point edge at the free throw line, hitting 14 of 28 shots (50%) while the Cougars hit nine of 17 (53%).

Mabel-Canton won the battle of the boards, getting  a game-high 13 rebounds from Avery Davis. The Cougars grabbed 45 rebounds with an impressive 18 of them on the offensive end. The Cardinals grabbed 43 rebounds, 12 on the offensive end.

The Cougar defense made life difficult for the Cardinal guards, who turned the ball over 24 times, 17 coming directly from Cougar steals. Mabel-Canton took good care of the basketball, only committing 13 turnovers, nine a direct result of Cardinal steals.

Win vs. Lanesboro, 45-18

While the Cougars didn’t shoot the lights out, they didn’t have to against the Burros, who hit only 13% of their shots (six for 46). Mabel-Canton shot 38% (20 for 53), improving their three-point shooting from the previous game by going five of 13 (36%).

Mabel-Canton also turned up the pressure defensively, forcing the Burros into 24 turnovers, 15 coming directly from Cougar steals (Danielson four).

M-C held LHS to just two points in the first half, leading 23-2 at halftime. The second half was much more competitive for Lanesboro, but M-C outscored the Burros 22-16 after halftime, finishing with a 27-point SEC win.

Davis had a nice game to lead the Cougars with 13 points (six of 12 shooting). McCabe was the other Cougar in double figures with 10 points plus a team-high eight rebounds.

M-C spread the points around as seven of the nine Cougars listed in the statistics recap had points.

Bailey Ruen was the top Burro with seven points on the night (eight rebounds, three steals).

The Burros (2-14, 2-7 SEC) won a tight battle on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars 33-32. LHS gave themselves a lot of second-chance opportunities by grabbing 17 offensive rebounds. The Cougars pulled down 11 on the offensive end.

M-C took good care of the basketball with only 12 turnovers while dishing out 12 assists (Danielson three).


The Cougars looked to stretch that three-game win streak at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with a non-conference game against Alden-Conger.

M-C will try to earn a season split on the road in a non-conference game against Grand Meadow on Thursday, Feb 1, and then come back home to host Wabasha-Kellogg on Saturday night at approximately 6:30 p.m. as the second half of a boy-girl double header.

The team will be back at home against Spring Grove on Monday, Feb. 5, with the Cougars looking to split the season series.

Southeast Conference Girls

through Jan. 29 games


Houston………... 7-2 (16-3 all)

Schaeffer Aca…. 4-5 (9-8 all)

Spring Grove…...4-5 (8-10 all)

Mabel-Canton….4-5 (6-11 all)

Lanesboro……....2-7 (3-14 all)


Lyle/Pacelli……….10-0 (19-1 all)

Grand Meadow….. 8-2 (15-4 all)

Randolph………….4-3 (13-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons..2-7 (3-14 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander…0-9 (0-17 all)