Chatfield girls drop two basketball games

Chatfield’s Sija Erickson shoots over Lake City defender Lilly Meincke. LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS
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The Chatfield girls’ basketball team lost a non-conference game to Lake City 80-39 and a conference tilt with Plainview-Elgin-Millville 59-49.

The gals were down 54-26 at halftime and were outscored 26-13 in the second stanza against Lake City, which Chatfield coach Brian Baum called  “a very good team.”

Chatfield had two girls in double-digit scoring, Alanna Goetzinger with 15 and Mollie Henry with 13.  Goetzinger was five for 12 (41.7 percent) from the field and Henry hit four of her 10 shots, 40.0 percent.  Both were perfect at the free throw line: Goetzinger, five for five, and Henry, four for four.  “Goetz” added five rebounds and two steals to her stats and Henry came up with two rebounds and two steals.  The rest of the team was four for 31 (12.9 percent) from the field and three for nine (33.3 percent) at the charity stripe. 

Also getting into the scorebook were Shelby Isensee (1), Kaci Goldsmith (3), Abby Nosbisch (2) and Tessa McMahon (5).

Sarah Baum had a good game on the boards with five, and Isensee and Nosbisch had three and two assists respectively in the loss to the Lady Tigers.

Lake City won the JV game.

Silja Erickson (12) and McMahon (10) were in double-digit scoring in the loss to the Lady Bulldogs.  Erickson was four for nine from the field and McMahon hit three of eight.  Other players that scored were Goetzinger (4), Isensee (4), Goldsmith (2), Baum (2), Henry (5), Paige Erickson (5) and Lauren Cole (5). 

As a team, Chatfield hit 69.0 percent (20/29) of their free throws.  Individually, Goetzinger was two for two, Goldsmith two for three, Silja Erickson four for five, Henry three for six, Paige Erickson three for five, McMahon three for four and Cole went three for three.

Chatfield also had a very good rebounding night, pulling down a total of 52.  Leading the way was Henry with 11.  The Erickson (Silja and Paige) girls came up with seven each, with six each for Cole and Goetzinger, Isensee had five, four for Goldsmith, three for Baum and McMahon had two. 

McMahon led the team with seven steals and the team leaders in assists were Goetzinger and Henry with two each.

“We really had a chance to win this game,” said Baum, “but we kept ‘shooting’ ourselves in the foot (missed lay-ups, turnovers, and other easy shots).  We continue to leave too many points on the floor.  Defensively we played well for most of the game.  It was a tight game until the last two minutes.  Silja Erickson continues to play very hard. I was very pleased with our free throw shooting.”

Isensee and Nosbisch suffered injuries in the first half of the game and did not play the last 18 minutes. 

Chatfield won the JV match against PEM.

This week the gals have three games, Tuesday at home against Southland, Friday at Dover-Eyota and Saturday the gals will take on Triton in the HVL/TRC Showdown at the Mayo Civic Center.  Game time for Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 10 a.m.  Chatfield also has a game on Monday, Dec. 17, at Zumbrota-Mazeppa.