Girls drop two games, but ‘seeing progress’

Chatfield’s Peyton Berg dives for a ball in the holiday tournament game against Lewiston. LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS
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This past week the Chatfield girls’ basketball team lost games to Caledonia (56-39) and Blooming Prairie (60-47), dropping the team’s overall record to 1-12 and Three Rivers Conference mark to 0-7.  The gals are 0-2 against teams in the East division.

But, coach Brian Baum says, “We’re playing better and I’m seeing some progress.  We only had eight turnovers against Blooming Prairie and we ‘hung around’ with Caledonia, but again we did some good things.”

Sarah Baum had a team-high nine points against the Warriors as she connected on three of five three-pointers for all of her points.  She also had five rebounds and two assists.  Silja Erickson had seven points on three of six shooting from the field and one of two at the free throw line.  Tessa McMahon added six points on two field goals and was two for two at the charity stripe.  Kaci Goldsmith was two for three from the field and one for one at the line as she scored five points.  Adding to the scoring for the Lady Gophers were Alanna Goetzinger and Peyton Berg, each with four, and Abby Nosbisch and Paige Erickson, each with two. 

The Gophers had one of their best rebounding games of the season, pulling down 40 boards.  Paige Erickson led the team with seven, then six for Goetzinger, five each for Goldsmith, Sarah Baum and Silja Erickson, four for McMahon and Berg, three for Shelby Isensee and one for Nosbisch.  Isensee is back in action after spending six games out with an injury. 

Silja Erickson was tops in steals with two and Isensee and Paige Erickson topped the assist chart, each with two.

Chatfield lost the first half, 35-20, but rallied in the second half to only lose by two, 21-19.  Team shooting was down again, hitting 30.2 percent (16/53) from the field and 44.4 percent (4/9) at the free throw line.  The gals were three for 12 (25.0%) from three-point range.

Chatfield had two players in double-digits in the lose to Blooming Prairie, McMahon and Silja Erickson, each with 11 points.  MaMahon had three three-pointers and was two for two at the line.  Erickson was four for nine on her field goals and added three free throws.  McMahon contributed five rebounds and team highs in steals (three) and assists (five).  Erickson tied for the team high in rebound with eight, and also added a steal and dished out two assists. 

Isensee (2/4 threes) and Goldsmith (3/4 field goals) each had six points, Goetzinger had two buckets for four points, Sarah Baum was one for one from downtown for three points and Berg had a basket for two points.  Mollie Henry suffered an injury in the Caledonia game, but returned against BP for four points. 

In the floor game, Goetzinger pulled down eight rebounds, Berg had three rebounds, two steals and an assist, with two rebounds each for Nosbisch, Henry and Paige Erickson, a rebound and steal for Isensee, Goldsmith had one rebound, steal and assist, two assists for Henry, a rebound for Sarah Baum and an assist for Paige Erickson.

Shooting was up a bit from the Caledonia game: field goals, 33.3 percent (18/54); free throws, 50.0 percent (5/10) and three-pointers, 30.0 percent (6/20).

Friday the gals host Lewiston-Altura and Saturday the team will host Pine Island.  The Lady Gophers will travel to Fillmore Central on Tuesday, Jan. 15.  All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.