NEW ULM - In a battle of unbeatens, Minnesota Valley Lutheran used free throws late in the game to hold off the full-court pressure of Martin County West as the Chargers won 76-72 Friday in nonconference girls basketball action at MVL.
The Chargers hit 25-of-33 from the free throw line and escaped with the victory over the Mavericks. Both teams were 6-0 entering Friday night's play.
Alexa Alfred led the Chargers with 16 points and Sarah Burk finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Alexa Alfred (left) is fouled by Bailey Tish (53) of Martin County West as she attempts a shot during the first half Friday at MVL.
Anna Munsen had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Chargers and Charlotte Pfingsten finished with seven points and nine assists. Larissa DeRousse, Mariah Stein and Martha Johnston had six points. Nicole Moldstad had five points and five rebounds and teammate Chrissy Biedenbender finished with five points and three steals.
Taryn Trumbleson led the Mavericks with 25 points and Kate Thiesse scored 15 points. Whitney Smith scored 10 points.
The Chargers led 43-27 at halftime, but the Mavericks made it close at the end with their full-court press. Both teams finished the game with 32 rebounds.
The Chargers (7-0) host Sleepy Eye on Tuesday.
Springfield 63, CMC 55
SPRINGFIELD - Sam Groebner led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds for Springfield as the Tigers knocked off Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in Tomahawk Conference girls basketball action Friday.
Taylor Milbrath had 14 points and Jordan Salonek added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Springfield. Kasey Kretsch also filled the stat sheet for the Tigers as she had nine rebounds and eight assists on the night.
Andrea Ochs led CMC with 17 points on the night. Haley Weidman added 16 points for the Cougars.
Springfield (3-3, 2-2) will travel to take on New Ulm Cathedral on Tuesday night.
Cathedral 47, BLHS 31
HECTOR - New Ulm Cathedral pulled away in the second half and beat Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in Tomahawk Conference girls basketball play on Friday night.
Karlee Pfaff had 14 points for Cathedral and Lindsay Simon had 10 points to go along with her eight rebounds and four steals on the night.
Hannah VanderVoort led the Mustangs with eight points and Lizzy Medina had seven points in the game.
Cathedral (4-2, 3-1) will host St. Clair on Monday night.