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MVL storms by Jaguar cagers

TIPPED AWAY — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther forward Michaelah Petrowiak (front) steals a pass intended for Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Emma Nelson (22). The Jaguars’ Jayme Balcom (5) and Eden Studer (35) watch the action while the Chargers’ Abbie Riederer (front right) begins to chase the play Monday night in Truman. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRUMAN — In a lightning-fast game, Minnesota Valley Lutheran totaled 74 shots, with Abbie Riederer taking 31 by herself.

Riederer led the Chargers with 29 points on the way to a 72-55 nonconference basketball win against the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars on Monday in Truman.

Riederer got the game started quickly with back-to-back 3s for the Chargers’ first six points.

Jayme Balcom answered Riederer’s first 3 with one of her own, then Eden Studer powered through contact for a traditional three-point play to answer Riederer’s second.

The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead when Makayla Hall swished a 3 from the left corner to go ahead 9-6 before Studer scored four consecutive on a wide-open midrange jumper and two free throws.

The Chargers came back with a seven-point run to tie and take a short lead just six minutes into the opening half.

Kaylee Hunter made a putback shot, Emma Nelson made two free throws, Riederer made a free throw and Nelson made a deep 2 from the right corner to put the Chargers back in front 15-13.

The Jaguars stayed close with two Emily Stauter layups and an Eden Studer post score for two of her first-half total of 11 points, as MVL began to extend its lead.

The Chargers stormed ahead to take a 35-25 lead into the halftime break on the strength of Emma Nelson’s first-half double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and Riederer’s 14 points on 4-for-18 shooting before the break. The Jaguars had a first-half double-double of their own from Studer who complemented her 11 first-half points with 12 rebounds.

Jaguar head coach TJ Pytleski said the pace of the game, with the Chargers totaling more than 70 shots and the Jaguars reaching 69, didn’t give a direct advantage to either team.

“The speed of the game helped us and hurt us a bit,” Pytleski said. “Both teams had to substitute more because it was a faster-paced game. Our bigger girls do a great job of getting up and down the court really well. I thought overall they did a good job. It was more up and down and more of a run-and-gun type of game.”

The Chargers came out quickly in the second half, extending their 10-point lead to 20 within six minutes.

The Jaguars stayed close, shooting 7-for-15 in the six-minute run, but couldn’t keep up with MVL’s four 3s on six attempts.

Naomi Anderson used a Hunter steal-turned-assist for a layup with just under 10 minutes left to give the Chargers their biggest lead of the day at 62-40.

The Chargers maintained at least a 17-point advantage the rest of the way.

“Coming off of last Friday, this was a 180 degree difference,” Pytleski said. “I thought they (Jaguars) moved the ball better, we were more efficient on offense, we just came out with more energy tonight. We had less turnovers, all-around I was happy with the way they played.”

Studer led the Jaguars with 15 points while bringing down 15 rebounds. Hall and Michaelah Petrowiak each scored 12 points, while Hall dished out four assists and Petrowiak grabbed six boards.

Lydia Steinhaus brought down six rebounds for the Jaguars, as did Balcom, who added six points and a game-high five assists. Riederer scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Chargers, Nelson scored 19 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and tipped away six steals.

Hunter totaled nine points, while Maddie Pearson had seven rebounds, six points and three assists.

The Jaguars (7-7, 3-2 Valley Conference) play host to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in Valley Conference action at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. MVL (10-2, 6-0 Tomahawk Conference) goes to Cedar Mountain for a 7:30 p.m. Tomahawk Conference matchup tonight.

MVL 35-37–72

GHECETML 25-30–55

MVL (72)

Abbie Riederer 10-31 5-8 29, Emma Nelson 7-13 3-4 19, Kaylee Hunter 3-12 2-2 9, Maddie Pearson 2-6 1-2 6, Abby Nelson 1-2 0-0 3, Naomi Anderson 1-5 0-0 2, Ella Schlei 1-1 0-0 2, Lydia Hartwig 1-1 0-0 2, Olivia Merseth 0-1 0-0 0, Cheyenne Blackwell 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Kramer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-74 11-16 72.

GHECTML (55)

Studer 6-11 3-3, Hall 5-9 1-2 12, Petrowiak 6-13 0-3 12, Stauter 3-4 1-3 7, Balcom 2-12 0-0 6, Lizzie Oothoudt 1-4 0-0 2, Kaelynn Meixell 0-1 1-2 1, Steinhaus 0-8 0-0 0, Samantha Moeller 0-2 0-0 0, Abby Calkins 0-2 0-0 0, Katelyn Diegnau 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 23-69 6-13 55.

3-pointers: MVL 9-29 (Riederer 4-12); GHECTML 3-15. Rebounds: MVL 42 (Emma Nelson 15, Pearson 7, Riederer 6); GHECTML 42 (Studer 15, Balcom 6, Steinhaus 6, Petrowiak 6). Assists: MVL 13 (Abby Nelson 3, Pearson 3, Hunter 3, Anderson 3); GHECTML 14 (Balcom 5, Hall 4). Steals: MVL 15 (Emma Nelson 6, Anderson 3); GHECTML 7.

Martin County West 74, St. James 64 — Wyatt Geistfeld put up a double-double with solid all-around numbers of 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocks to power the Mavericks past St. James in nonconference boys basketball action Monday in St. James.

Angel Reyes added 18 points, all in the second half, while Zach Anderson contributed 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

MCW hit 17 of 18 free throws, 18 of 31 shots from 2-point range and 7 of 15 from behind the 3-point arc.

Logan Carlson led St. James with 29 points on nine 3s, while Hayden Jones had 17 points and Derrick Halvorson had 12.

St. James made 8 of 16 shots from 2-point range, 14 of 30 3s and 6 of 7 tries from the charity stripe.

MCW (11-1) plays at Cleveland at 7:15 p.m. tonight.

MCW 28-36-74

St. James 28-26-64

Jackson County Central 70, Truman/Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain 65 – Rudy Voss put the Huskies on his back with a 29-point second-half performance on the way to 37 points in nonconference action Monday night in Jackson.

Adam Heckman led the Jaguars with 24 points to complement six rebounds, while brother Matt Heckman had nine points and a team-high seven boards.

Owen Wolter scored 11 points and dished out a team-high five assists, while Cayden Fischer scored 10, brought down four rebounds and totaled four assists.

The Jaguars had a 10-point lead with 7:30 left before Voss went to work, carrying the Huskies to their five-point win.

The Jaguars (10-3) go to Janesville for a 7:15 p.m. Valley Conference matchup with Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton tonight.

TMLGHEC 24-41-65

Jackson 27-43-70

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