NEW ULM - The Minnesota Valley Lutheran girls basketball team had absolutely no problem knocking off its first round opponent at the MLC Tip-off Tournament Friday at Martin Luther College.
MVL scored its 22nd point just 10 minutes into the game and that was all it needed as the Chargers stormed to a 61-21 victory over West Lutheran.
Sophomore Anna Munsen paved the way for MVL with 11 points and 16 rebounds while Nicole Moldstad just missed recording a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Martha Johnston (left) and Stephanie Christoffersen of West Lutheran fight for the ball during the first half of the opening game of the Tip Off Tournament Friday at Martin Luther College in New Ulm.
Sarah Burk, who has had two separate severe leg injuries the past two seasons, came off the bench and added nine points for the Chargers.
"We're just easing her back into things," head coach Dave Biedenbender said. "She has had the knee problems the last couple years. Her conditioning needs to get up there where she can play more steadily, so our goal is to ease her into it as we go."
The Chargers held a 37-7 lead at halftime and they had their biggest lead of the game with just over two minutes to go when Alexa Alford knocked down two free throws to put MVL up 58-17 before capping off the 40-point victory.
The Chargers will be facing a little bit more competition at 6 p.m. tonight when they play St. Croix Lutheran in the championship game at MLC.
Biedenbender says that if his team can come out like they did Friday night, he likes the Chargers' chances.
"We're going to have to come out with the same intensity like we did in the first half tonight," he said. "St. Croix Lutheran is going to be a big test for us so we need to make sure we are ready for them [tonight]."
MVL is now 2-0 on the season following the win.