Lady Cards pull away late in Lake Benton
February 04. 2014 2:10PM
The Lady Cardinals earned a hard fought win when they pulled away late and sealed the 61-48 victory over the Lady Elks Friday night in Lake Benton, Minn.
With six ties and nine lead changes, Elkton-Lake Benton and St. Mary traded baskets, turnovers and the lead throughout the first three quarters, before the Lady Cardinals broke away in the fourth quarter.
St. Mary trailed 41-40 heading into the final frame and went on a 21-7 scoring run to close out the contest.
“They applied a lot of pressure on our guards, and were able to create a lot of turnovers,” said Josh LeBrun, head coach for St. Mary, referring to the 17 turnovers his team forced. “I felt like we did a good job of matching their physical play.”
St. Mary out-rebounded ELB 48-35.
“The girls held their composure and finished out the game with a strong fourth quarter,” LeBrun said.
Ally Mullaney had 19 rebounds, including five on offense, and 22 points to lead the Lady Cardinals. Kelly Michel added 14 points for the red birds, and Amber Hansen had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
St. Mary blew an early lead and fell 56-43 to Viborg-Hurley Saturday at the Tri-Valley Classic in Alcester.
After building a five-point lead with about a minute to go in the first quarter, the Lady Cardinals lost their handle on the Lady Cougars’ outside shooters. Viborg-Hurley came back and took a 10-point lead at the half.
“It was another physical game that our girls played,” LeBrun said. “We could not contain their outside shooting and their physical post play inside.”
Making matters worse, the Lady Cardinals couldn’t secure the boards on either end of the floor, and were out-rebounded by the Lady Cougars 44-25.
“They controlled the boards, which is usually one of our strengths,” LeBrun said.
Michel led St. Mary with 13 points. Anna Wolles had eight points for the Lady Cardinals, and Mullaney recorded seven points and seven rebounds.
For the Lady Cougars, Val Sunderland had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Abby Hora had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
St. Mary owns a 9-6 record.