Slow start hinders Cougar girls in loss at Schaeffer

Chad Smith

The Mabel-Canton girls basketball team dropped its only game played last week, a 41-33 loss at Rochester versus Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Cougars had a chance at a season sweep after winning the first game between the two teams (45-32 win in early December) but were hurt in the rematch by a slow first half on the offensive end of the court.

The road game at Lyle/Pacelli on Friday night was postponed and has been rescheduled for Jan. 21. The Cougars ended the week at 4-9 overall (2-4 SEC).

The Cougar girls couldn’t come away with a season sweep in a low-scoring game for both teams.

The Cougars were cold from the field all game but especially in the first half when they mustered only 13 points by halftime and trailed by 9 points (22-13).

Neither team shot the lights out in the second half, but M-C did outscore the Lions (2-11) by a single point (20-19) before falling by eight (41-33) at the final horn.

The M-C girls ran their offense and generated a lot of shots, but it was just one of those nights when the ball wouldn’t go in the basket no matter how many times they tried. The Cougars finished 12 of 65 from the field (18% shooting).

They scored almost as many points from three-point range by hitting 5 of 10 from outside the line (15 points) as they did closer to the basket, going 8 of 40 (20%, 16 points). They didn’t get a lot of opportunities at the free-throw line, making 5 of 10 tries.

Lauren Wyffels led the Cougars with 9 points while finishing with 12 rebounds and tying Jordyn Newgard for the team-lead with 3 steals. Payton Danielson added 8 points and team-highs in both rebounds (14) and assists (5).

The Cougars hit the boards hard, getting a team-total of 39 rebounds. The Cougars did a good job of giving themselves second chances to score points by grabbing 18 offensive rebounds. Camryn Cox had 6 rebounds and Newgard chipped in 4.

Defensively, the Cougars had 9 steals and turned the ball over just 13 times against the Schaeffer defense.


The Cougars were back home to begin this week with a conference game against Lanesboro on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and looking for a season split after dropping a tight first contest 53-48 in early December.

They’re on the road to face Lewiston-Altura on Thursday night, Jan. 16. The home game on Friday against LeRoy-Ostrander has been postponed and will be made up at a later date.