Grace Friederichs of the Gophers moves the ball vs. Dover-Eyota.
Grace Friederichs of the Gophers moves the ball vs. Dover-Eyota. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

The Lady Gophers lost Tuesday to Dover-Eyota 50-41 in basketball, Thursday they lost a heartbreaker to Plainview-Elgin-Millville 56-55 and Friday night they played a very youthful Lake City team and lost 50-32.

In the loss to the Eagles (D-E), Alanna Goetzinger had a double-double, as she pulled down 15 rebounds and scored 14 points.  She didn’t shoot exceptionally well from the field, but converted on six of nine at the free throw line.  Shelby Isensee had a pair of sevens, points and rebounds, along with two steals and an assist.  Also scoring were Macy Pederson (six), five each for Belle Berg and Britney Fretland, and two each for Megan Hopp and Grace Friederichs.  Pederson and Berg each had three assists and each had a pair of steals.  Hopp, Berg and Pederson each had three rebounds.  The gals shot 25.5 percent (14/55) from the field, 25.0 percent (3/12) from three-point range and 55.6 percent (10/18) at the free throw line.

The gals led the Bulldogs by seven at halftime, 32-25, but let it slip away at the end of the game, losing by just one point. 

“We had a great chance to win,” said coach Brian Baum. “The kids played hard, but just couldn’t get it done.” 

Four players were in double-digit scoring and two had double-figures in rebounds.  Berg had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Pederson led the team with 12 points, Fretland had 10 and Goetzinger scored 11.  Isensee had 10 boards and added nine points.  Pederson was tops in assists with five.  She also had four rebounds and a steal.  Berg and Goetzinger each had three assists and Fretland had a team-high two steals.  The team improved on the shooting in this game, hitting 40.0 percent (20/50) from the field, 33.3 percent (2/6) from downtown and 65.0 percent (13/20) at the charity line. 

Only scoring is available for the Lake City game, and was an off-night in the category for several of the Chatfield regulars.  Berg led the team with 12 points, four above her average, and Isensee had nine, about five above her yearly average.  Goetzinger scored three and scoring two each were Fretland, Hopp, Kaci Goldsmith and Sarah Baum.  Pederson, Chatfield’s leading scorer, was shut out against the Tigers, but was in on half of the jump balls for the Gophers. Chatfield was seven for 14 at the free throw line, five for 10 for Berg, and one for two for Isensee and Goetzinger.  All of Chatfield’s free throws were two-shot fouls.  They did not shoot a single one-and-one in the game.  Lake City went to the line 10 times and made seven.   Lake City played the game with four 10th graders, one ninth grader and three eighth graders.  The Tigers only have one senior on the roster, and she was injured, and no juniors on the squad.

This past Monday the Gophers were scheduled to host Stewartville and Friday they will entertain Wabasha-Kellogg.  After this week there is only one more week of regular season play.