Girls fall to Falcons, Saints in opening week of basketball

Shelby Isensee leans back from Wabasha-Kellogg pressure to put up a shot for the Gophers. LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS
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The Lady Gophers opened the season last Tuesday with a 55-44 loss to Wabasha-Kellogg and then dropped another tight game to St. Charles on Friday in the home opener.

Chatfield led 30-22 at the half in the Wabasha-Kellogg game, and held a 12-point lead a couple times during the first half.

Senior Alanna Goetzinger led the team with 16 points in that game, hitting on six of her 10 field goals and four of her six free throws.  She also had one assist and five rebounds. 

“Solid game from Alanna Goetzinger,” said coach Brian Baum.  “We played a nice first half and kind-of went away from what worked in the second half.  Wabasha-Kellogg hit all six of their threes in the second half.”

Freshman guard Tessa McMahon and sophomore forward Mollie Henry each had seven points for the Gophers.  Both had a three-point basket and Henry went two for two at the line.  Seniors Shelby Isensee and Kaci Goldsmith and junior Silja Erickson scored four points apiece and freshman Lauren Cole had a bucket for two points.  Goldsmith was two for three from the field and Silja Erickson went two for five in field goals. 

Senior Sarah Baum led the team with six rebounds, while Isensee had five boards with four each for Silja Erickson and sophomore Paige Erickson.

McMahon led the team with two steals and Isensee was tops in assists with three.  Junior Abby Nosbisch had two rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Against St. Charles, Chatfield battled back from an 18-point deficit to cut the lead to one, 60-59, and had the ball with three minutes to play, said coach Baum.  However, the Saints forced a turnover and Chatfield’s comeback fell short, losing the game 67-61.

Chatfield had good balance in the scoring, led by Silja Erickson’s 11 points.  Henry was also in double-digits with 10.  Also scoring were McMahon (7), Cole (9), Baum (3), Goldsmith (4), Goetzinger (8), Paige Erickson (1) and Isensee (8). 

Chatfield had three three-pointers in the game, one for Henry and two for McMahon.  St. Charles had 10 threes in the game, nine by Megan Shanahan, who finished the game with 29 points.

Tuesday the gals were scheduled to travel to Lake City for a non-conference game and Friday they will travel to Plainview-Elgin-Millville for a TRC-West game with the Lady Bulldogs. Tuesday, Dec. 11, they return home to face Southland.