Kobe Schott takes a shot for the Gophers while two Stewartville players defend. 
Kobe Schott takes a shot for the Gophers while two Stewartville players defend. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

“We played a couple of better games this week, from a ball handling perspective,” said head coach Jeff DeBuhr about the Chatfield boys basketball team.  “We have started to limit our turnovers, but we haven’t shot the ball well this week”. 

The Gophers lost three games last week. They were to Stewartville (72-33), Pine Island (61-47) and Wabasha-Kellogg (68-49), extending their losing streak to 12.

Here’s a look at the shooting and turnovers for this past week’s games.

Opponent                FG             3s              FT             turnovers

Stewartville             14/48         3/18            2/3                 20

                                 29.2%      16.7%      66.7%

Pine Island               17/48       3/13         10/13                 9

                                 35.4%      23.1%      76.9%

W-K                         18/58       5/22           8/12                9

                                 31.0%      22.7%        66.7%

Although there is a big difference between shooting free throws and field goals, it appears in the three games that the Gophers were able to shoot free throws accurately, meaning that perhaps they need to be a bit more patient on the offensive end in their shot selection, noted DeBuhr. 

Individual stats in the game against the Tigers:  Josef Fahrenholtz, with 15 points on seven of 13 field goal shooting and one of one free throws, and Reid Johnson, with 10 points, making four of six field goals and two of three three-pointers, were in double-digits, and shot quite well.  Others scoring were Ben Brogan (1), Austin Hines (two), Jacob Gillespie (three), and Zach Roline (two).  Tops in rebounds were Seth Allen, Johnson and Fahrenholtz, each with five, and Hines with four.  Assist leaders were Brogan (four), Allen (three) and Johnson (three).  And the leaders in steals were Allen (three) and Terron Ostby (two).

Johnson (15 points, 5/13 field goals, 4/5 free throws), Brogan (9, 3/6 fg, 3/5 ft) and Hines (9, 3/7 fg, 3/3 ft) were the scoring leaders in the loss to Pine Island.  Kobe Schott had five points (2/3 fg, 1/2 3s), with three points for Allen (1/2 3s) and two points each for Landon Bance, Fahrenholtz and Michael Fishbaugher.  Johnson topped the boards chart with six, followed by Hines with five and Brogan and Fahrenholtz with four each.  Brogan led the team in assists with four and steals with two. 

Bance (11, 3/8 3s) and Johnson (10, 4/8 fg, 2/4 3s) were in double-digit scoring in the loss to the Falcons.  Fishbaugher (7, 2/3 fg, 3/3 ft), Fahrenholtz (six), Allen (two), Tryston Morland (3, 3/4 ft), Brogan (2), Hines (4, 2/4 fg), Gillespie (1), Schott (1) and Roline (2) also scored.  Fahrenholtz and Bance led the team with six rebounds each, Allen and Brogan each had four assists and Allen was the chief-thief with two steals. 

The boys will try to end the losing streak at 12 with games against Kingsland (Tuesday, Feb. 13) and St. Charles (Friday, Feb. 16) this week.  The team will finish up the regular season next week at Southland (Tuesday, Feb. 20) and at home with Dover-Eyota (Friday, Feb. 23).

The Section 1AA tournament will begin on Thursday, March 1.