Girls win conference game, but drop three others


LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Alyssa Baum drives to the basket for the Gophers in a game against Rushford-Peterson.
By: 
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield girls had four games this past week, winning one and losing three.  The gals started the week Monday with a win over Rushford-Peterson, 67-22, on Tuesday they lost to Cotter, 55-31, Friday they suffered a loss to Kenyon-Wanamingo, 71-66, and Saturday they lost to Stewartville, 55-45.

In the win over the Lady Trojans, Chatfield got 10 different girls into the scorebook, led by Peyton Berg and Jaiden Zimmerman, each with 12.  Zayda Priebe was also in double-figures with 10 points.  They also shot well from the field, Berg, five for eight, Zimmerman, four for eight, and Priebe, five for seven.  Berg hit two of her four three-pointers and Zimmerman was three for five from downtown. 

Sydney Allen came off the bench and scored nine points, hitting three of five from the field, two of three from beyond the arc and one of two at the free throw line.  Tessa McMahon had seven points on three for eight shooting (1/1 at the free throw line) and Mollie Henry was two for four from the field and two for two at the free throw line, for six points.  Silja Erickson hit two of four from the field and finished the game with five points, Alyssa Baum had a three-pointer for three points, and Kara Goetzinger and Anna Kivimagi each had a bucket for two points.

As a team, Chatfield shot 50.0 percent (27/54) from the field, one of its best games of the season.

McMahon had a good floor game, coming up with three rebounds, five steals and dishing out seven assists.  Silja Erickson and Goetzinger led the team with four rebounds each while Paige Erickson and Baum had three each.  Zimmerman and Silja Erickson each had three steals and Zimmerman had four assists.

Priebe was in double-digits in rebounds, 10, in the loss to Cotter.  She also had six points and a couple steals.

The Ericksons, Paige and Silja, led the team in scoring, each with seven.  McMahon and Baum also had six points, with five for Berg and two each for Henry and Goetzinger.

The team ended up with 41 rebounds against the Lady Ramblers, one of its better outings of the season.  In addition to Priebe’s 10, Berg had seven, with six for McMahon, five each for Henry and Silja Erickson, three for Paige Erickson, two for Zimmerman and one board for Goetzinger. 

Zimmerman and McMahon each had two steals and McMahon had eight of the team’s 10 assists.

Not really a bad outing against the No. 18 ranked team in the state.

The girls are starting to show some offensive spark as they came up with 66 points against Kenyon-Wanamingo.  Henry led the scoring with 14, hitting four of seven shots from the field and six of eight at the free throw line.  Priebe and Silja Erickson each had 11, with nine each for Zimmerman, Berg and McMahon and three for Baum. 

Priebe hit four of her seven field goals and was a perfect three for three at the free throw line.  Silja Erickson was five for 13 from the field, including one for one from three-point range.  Zimmerman and Berg were each three for four at the free throw line and McMahon went two for three on her “freebies.”  Berg was two for five (40.0%) from three-point range.  Chatfield was 17 for 22, 77.3 percent, at the line, the best outing of the season.

Top rebounders were Henry, Silja Erickson and Priebe, each with eight, Berg with six and McMahon with five.  Zimmerman and McMahon were the chief thieves, each with five steals and McMahon led the team with four assists.

Against Stewartville, the Gophers “definitely played our best full game of the year against a very good opponent in Stewie,” said coach Brian Baum.  “It was between a nine- and 11-point game the whole way.  At one time we missed an open three from the corner that would have cut the lead to five with five to play.  Great effort after a disappointing loss to KW last night.”

Baum led the team in scoring with 15, as she connected on six of 10 shots from the field, including three of six from downtown.  Berg added 14 points and shot five for 10 from the field and three for five from the free throw line.  Also scoring were Zimmerman (6), Silja Erickson (6) and Priebe (4).

Priebe, McMahon and Berg were tops in rebounds, each with seven, with five for Silja Erickson and four each for Henry and Zimmerman.  Zimmerman had team-highs in steals (4) and assists (3).  Priebe and McMahon each had three steals and McMahon, Berg and Henry each had two assists.

This past Monday the gals were at Kingsland, Tuesday they are at home with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Friday they host St. Charles and Monday, Feb. 3, the team will travel to Pine Island.