Girls take early lead, but fall to Lewiston-Altura

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Peyton Berg looks for an open Chatfield teammate in a game against Lake City.
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield girls basketball team lost a pair of games to Lake City (69-41) and Lewiston-Altura (65-57) last week. 

The team now has an overall record of 5-8, and 2-5 in Three Rivers Conference play.  The team is 2-1 against teams in the East division.

In the loss to the Lady Cardinals, coach Brian Baum said, “This one was really a tough one to lose.  We played very well out of the gates and led by double-digits early.  Halfway through the first half we led 30-18, but then started playing a little out of control, taking quick shots and turning the ball over.  We gave up way too many fast break points.  We did not attack enough, or get the ball to our posts, as we only shot four free throws, to LA’s 17.  We had trouble matching their intensity in the second half and kind-of panicked.”

The Lady Gophers were leading at the intermission, 37-34, but were out-scored 31-20 in the second half.

Tessa McMahon had a team-high 17 points, which is also a season high for her.  She made seven of 14 (50.0%) from the field and was one for four from three-point range.  She also had a team-high seven assists (tied her season high), five rebounds and two steals.  Also, in double-figure scoring with 11 points was Jaiden Zimmerman.  Zimmerman was five for 11 (45.4%) from the field and also had one three-pointer.  Zimmerman also had a team high nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Neither of these double-figure scorers had any attempts at the free throw line.

Mollie Henry had eight points, on four of eight shooting, with seven points for Peyton Berg, five each for Silja Erickson and Alyssa Baum, four points for Zayda Priebe and two points for Paige Erickson.

Chatfield shot 40.0 percent from the field, making 26 of 65, one of the better shooting games of the season.  The gals were three for 20 (15.0%) from three-point range, one of their poorest performances of the season, and just two for four at the free throw line, their lowest output of the season.

Berg had six rebounds, with five for Silja Erickson, four each for Paige Erickson and Henry and three for Priebe.  Berg and Silja Erickson each had three steals and two assists and Priebe dished out two assists.

The JV game went to Lewiston-Altura.  The Chatfield JV squad is now 7-3 for the season.

In the non-conference loss to Lake City, McMahon was the only Gopher in double-digits with 13.  She hit four of 10 from the field, including four of five from three-point range.

As a team, Chatfield shot 25.4 percent from the field, making 14 of 55, but a very good 38.9 percent (7/18) from beyond the arc. The gals shot better from three-point range than they did from the free throw line (6/17, 35.3%).

Kara Goetzinger (2/2 field goals) and Priebe (2/3 FG) each had four points in the loss.  Silja Erickson scored six points, with five for Zimmerman, three each for Berg and Henry, two for Paige Erickson and one point for Baum.  Paige Erickson and Priebe led the team with seven rebounds each, Silja Erickson had five, Berg four, Zimmerman three and McMahon, Henry, Goetzinger and Anna Kivimagi had two each. 

Henry had a team-high three steals and McMahon and Zimmerman each had four assists.

The JV team beat Lake City.

Monday (Cannon Falls) and Tuesday (Fillmore Central) the team was at home and Friday the gals will travel to Rushford-Peterson.