A Wabasha-Kellogg defender tries to block a shot by Megan Hopp of the Gophers.
A Wabasha-Kellogg defender tries to block a shot by Megan Hopp of the Gophers. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

The Chatfield Lady Gophers had two games last week and split in those contests.  They lost a non-conference tilt to the No. 9 ranked Stewartville Tigers 72-48 and defeated a feisty Wabasha-Kellogg team 55-48.

In the loss to the Lady Tigers, Alanna Goetzinger led the team in scoring (14) and rebounds (eight) and had one assist.  She hit six of 11 (54.5 percent) from the field and was two for three (66.7 percent) at the free throw line.  Britney Fretland had eight points in the game, and connected of three of five (60.0 percent) from the field, including two of four (50.0 percent) from three-point range. Fretland also had a rebound and an assist.   Belle Berg and Macy Pederson each had seven points in the loss.   

Berge had five rebounds, a steal and an assist.  Pederson pulled down four boards, had two steals and dished out two assists.  Pederson also connected on all four of free throw attempts.  Megan Hopp had five points, two rebounds, an assist and went two for two at the charity stripe.  Shelby Isensee also had five points in the game, three rebounds and a team high four assists.  Grace Friederichs went two for two at the free throw line for two points and also had one rebound.  Kaci Goldsmith (two) and Sarah Baum (one) also got in the rebound stats. 

Chatfield shot 34.9 percent (15/43) from the field, 41.7% percent (5/12) from three-point range and a very good 76.5 percent (13/17) at the free throw line.  Chatfield only had three steals in the game, as the Tigers had just five turnovers in the contest.  Chatfield turned the ball over 23 times.  Stewartville started two ninth graders, two sophomores and one senior in the game. 

Chatfield made it 2-0 this season against Wabasha-Kellogg, having beaten the Falcons in W-K earlier this season 54-45.  In the early going of this game, the Lady Gophers were on a scoring roller coaster.  The gals fell behind 8-1 in the early minutes of the game, but battled back to take a 14-13 lead midway through the first half on a Grace Friederichs three-pointer.  Then they fell behind again, but regained the lead for the second time, 19-18, on a jump shot by Shelby Isensee at the 6:34 mark of the first half.  After falling behind again at the 2:22 mark, the team regained the lead for a third time on a three-pointer by Macy Pederson at the 1:14 mark, 24-23.  The team took that one-point lead into the locker room at the intermission. 

In the second half the contest turned into a game of runs.  The Lady Gophers outscored the Lady Falcons 12-1 to go ahead by a dozen, 36-24, five minutes into the second half.   W-K then turned the table and out-scored Chatfield 15-4, to cut their deficit to one, 40-39.  It was Chatfield’s turn again, scoring seven points to Wabasha-Kellogg’s one for a seven-point lead, 47-40, with 3:21 to go in the game.  In the last 57.8 seconds of the game, the outcome was decided at the free throw line.  Chatfield, shooting 53.9 percent at the line for the season, nailed eight of eight, and sealed the deal in the last minute of play.  Hopp went two for two on a couple one-and-ones and Pederson was six for six on one one-and-one and two two-shot attempts.  The final run was enough for a seven-point win for the Lady Gophers.

Berg was the leading scorer for the Gophers, netting a total of 17 points, 13 of them coming in the second half.  Pederson had a total of 16 points, eight in each half, and was six for nine at the free throw line, six for six in the second half.  Also scoring for the Gophers were Isensee (seven), Goetzinger (six), Hopp (four) and a season-high five points for Friederichs.  Chatfield had 16 turnovers in the game and W-K for 21.  No other stats were available for this game. 

Chatfield finishes up the regular season this week, Tuesday at Kingsland and Friday at home with St. Charles. 

The Section 1AA tournament starts on Thursday, Feb. 22.