Chatfield girls begin section tourney Thursday

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Silja Erickson fends off a Southland defender to put up a shot for the Gophers.
Bill Bentson

The regular season is over for the Lady Gophers as they finished with a pair of losses to Southland (69-58) and Dover-Eyota (65-54). But, in spite of the losses, coach Brian Baum was optimistic about their play.

“It was a disappointing loss to Southland,” said coach Baum.  “It definitely hurt not having Peyton Berg and Paige Erickson.  They are out as they are going through the concussion protocol. And, I’m not sure of when they will be able to return.  Makes us pretty thin.”

Chatfield did have three players in double-figures against the Lady Rebels: Jaiden Zimmerman (13), Alyssa Baum (12) and Zayda Priebe (11).  Baum scored all of her points from three-point range, hitting four of her eight shots from beyond the arc.  Chatfield had good, balanced scoring with Tessa McMahon adding eight points, plus six for Mollie Henry and eight for Silja Erickson.  Priebe hit five of her 11 shots and Erickson was four for eight. 

Priebe picked up her second double-double of the season, pulling down 10 rebounds to go along with her 11 points.  Erickson had eight boards with three rebounds each for McMahon, Henry, Zimmerman and Baum.

McMahon had a team high three steals and a team-high seven assists.  Zimmerman dished out four assists.

“We really played a nice game against Dover-Eyota,” said coach Baum.  “(We) left a lot of points on the floor again, but only had 13 turnovers against constant pressure.  Did much better staying with them in the transition points category (D-E 19, Chatfield 17).  We had 16 offensive rebounds for the game to their 12, which was really bad the first time (we played them).  One big difference was D-E had 28 points in the paint compared to our 12, despite our 16 offensive boards. 

“Still miss not having Peyton and Paige but freshman Kara Goetzinger played very well.  Freshman Anna Kivimagi played well also and sophomore Sydney Allen came in and played well.  So pleased with our effort and our bench played well.  Jaiden and Tessa really had nice floor games and our posts were active.  Silja really did a nice job on Malia Nelson.  Definitely would have a few more wins with that kind of performance.”

McMahon had 11 points in the game, along with five rebounds, four steals and five assists.  Scoring leader in the game was Zimmerman, with 17.  She had a 50.0 percent shooting night, making six of 12 from the field, including four of eight from three-point range, and one of two at the free throw line.  She also had four rebounds, three assists and a steal.  Priebe had 10 rebounds and six points, including four of six from the free throw line. Erickson had six points and seven rebounds and Kara Goetzinger came off the bench, scored four points, pulled down seven boards, dished out two assists and came up with two steals.  Baum added five points and two rebounds, Sydney Allen had three points and two points and Henry had two rebounds.

Section play starts Thursday for the Chatfield girls.  They got the No. 11 seed and will play Zumbrota-Mazeppa (No. 6) at Zumbrota.

The complete bracket for Section 1AA is available on the Minnesota State High School League website,