Knights ‘steal’ basketball game from Jaguars

LIFT-OFF — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Abby Calkins (21) elevates to fire a shot over Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Cassie Heinrichs (13) during nonconference basketball action Thursday night in Northrop. The Knights’ Sydney Windschitl (5) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

NORTHROP — The Knights used a 23-point game from Madison Mathiowetz to hold back the Jaguars.

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s beat Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 75-58 in non-league girls basketball action Thursday night in Northrop.

The freshman standout Mathiowetz added five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks to complement her 23 points to help power the Knights. SESM added 19 steals and forced 12 Jaguar turnovers in the matchup.

Rachel Stauter and Lydia Studer each scored in double digits to help run the Jaguar offense. Stauter scored 15, while bringing down 13 rebounds for a double-double and adding five assists, four steals and three blocks. Lydia Studer scored 14, including 12 on six consecutive shots in the second half.

The Knights opened the game on a 14-5 scoring run with each basket in the first five minutes coming from different players.

SESM opened its lead further about halfway through the first half with a 25-8 score, forcing the Jaguars to take a time out after the Knights scored six of the past seven points.

The Jaguars scored 22 points in the first half with Stauter and Jayme Balcom each putting up five and Lydia Steinhaus posting four.

Six Jaguar first-half turnovers helped the Knights extend to a 41-22 lead at the break.

Jaguar head coach T.J. Pytleski said his team struggled to get post opportunities in the first half.

“We had a slow first half,” Pytleski said. “We didn’t get the ball inside like we wanted to and in the second half the girls did a much better job of getting the ball inside. We had a better second half scoringwise as well.”

The Jaguar offense came alive in the second half.

Lydia Studer scored her first of 12 points on six shots off a Stauter assist to start the second period for the Jaguars.

She scored again, this time off a Balcom assist, three possessions later for the next Jaguar points.

Michaelah Petrowiak scored the next two for the Jaguars, on the way to a seven point night, before Lydia Studer scored the next six off two assists from Stauter and one from Petrowiak. Each of Lydia Studer’s points came in the paint off post-entry passes.

Stauter broke the streak when she missed a three ball, grabbed her own rebound and shot a baseline jumper off the backboard and in while fading out of bounds to her right.

Down 15 with a minute left, the Jaguars pulled their starters, prompting SESM to do the same. Sierra Geistfeld and Lizzie Oothoudt each scored two points and grabbed a steal in their final minute.

Pytleski said he gave the team a message to work on turnovers, but move on from this game and prepare for an important week.

“We’ve got to minimize turnovers,” Pytleski said. “We had trouble, when we got rebounds, clearing the ball out. We’ve got a big week next week so we’ve got to forget about this one and get ready for back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday and we have St. Clair on Friday, so two conference games next week, too.”

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (3-7, 0-2 Valley) travels to Fairmont on Monday night. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (9-2) plays tonight at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.

SESM 41-34–75

GTML 22-36–58

GHEC/T/ML (58)

Stauter 6-15, 3-4 15, L Studer 7-8 0-0 14, Petrowiak 3-8 1-2 7, Balcom 3-6 0-0 7, E Studer 2-3 0-0 4, Steinhaus 1-2 2-4 4, Calkins 1-2 1-2 3, Geistfeld 1-1 0-0 2, Oothoudt 0-3 2-2 2, Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Hartman 0-1 0-0 0, Moeller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 9-14 58.

SESM (75)

Mathiowetz 8-18 7-11 23, Windschitl 8-15 0-1 17, Heinrichs 4-7 0-2 12, Severson 3-9 0-2 8, Portner 2-6 3-4 7, Schwint 2-3 0-0 4, Owens 1-5 0-0 2, Anderson 1-5 0-1 2, Rutscher 1-1 0-0 2.

3-pointers: SESM 3-14 (Severson 2-5); GHEC/T/ML 1-4 (Balcom 1-2). Fouled Out: Lydia Studer (GHEC/T/ML). Rebounds: SESM 18 (Windschitl 5, Mathiowetz 5), GHEC/T/ML 37 (Stauter 13, Petrowiak 7, Balcom 5). Assists: SESM 17 (Heinrichs 6, Mathiowetz 3, Severson 3), GHEC/T/ML 17 (Stauter 5, Balcom 5). Steals: SESM 19 (Heinrichs 5, Severson 5, Mathiowetz 3), GHEC/T/ML 10 (Stauter 4, Petrowiak 3). Blocks: SESM 3 (Mathiowetz 2), GHEC/T/ML 6 (Stauter 4).

Redwood Valley 66, Fairmont 62 (OT) — Fairmont rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but host Redwood Valley fended off the visiting Cardinals, 8-4, in the extra session to net the Big South Conference win Thursday night in Redwood Falls.

Sydney Sommers delivered a game-best 25 points, including 10 of 15 at the free throw line, to pace Redwood Valley’s winning ways.

Haley Garman delivered a double-double performance of 13 points and 14 rebounds for Redwood Valley, while teammate AJ Guggisberg supplied 14 points.

Taylor Crissinger produced an impressive double-double performance and teammate Cadence Becker neared double-double territory to pace Fairmont’s effort.

Crissinger pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds to complement 16 points, five assists and three steals, while Becker poured in a team-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals.

Rayah Quiring contributed 13 points and five boards to Fairmont’s performance, while Lexi Lunn scored eight points and distributed a team-best six assists.

Fairmont made 27 of 59 field goals overall, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range, but hit only 5 of 16 free throws on the game.

Crissinger and Becker paced Fairmont’s 40-35 rebounding edge in the BSC clash.

Fairmont (4-7) plays host to Martin County West at 6 p.m. tonight.

Redwood Valley (7-3) travels to Winthrop on Monday night to face Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

Fairmont 26-32-4–62

R. Valley 32-26-8–66

Boys Basketball

Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 66, Heron Lake-Okabena 57 — Isaac Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Jaguars past the Wildcats on Thursday night in Okabena.

Owen Wolter and Paxton Gravlin joined Johnson in double-digit scoring with 11 points each, while Cael Jaskulke scored eight and both Matt Heckman and Adam Heckman scored seven.

Adam Heckman tied Johnson for the team lead with six rebounds, while Gravlin grabbed five.

Wolter and both Heckman’s tied to lead the team with four assists each.

The Jaguars used a strong opening half, with six points from each of Gravlin and Jaskulke to build an eight-point halftime lead.

The Jaguars (6-4, 3-2 Valley) play at Cleveland on Monday, while the Wildcats (2-6, 2-2 Red Rock) play at Fulda tonight.