NEW ULM - Basketball is a team game, but when someone on the court scores more than half of your team's points, people tend to notice.
That is what Steph Jensen did for Redwood Valley on Tuesday night as she scored a game-high 32 points in the 50-30 win over New Ulm in non-conference girls basketball action.
After New Ulm started the game with a basket, Jensen took over, hitting two out of her seven 3-pointers the next two trips down for the Cardinals.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Kristin Mohr (31) takes a shot as Karlee Eichten (11) of Wabasso defends on the play during the first half Tuesday at CHS.
"Steph is one of the senior captains on the team this year," Cardinals head coach Trevor Wittwer said. "Her role is to score, that is what she is good at and that is what she showed everyone tonight."
Briana Sieve's two free throws right before the half cut the Eagles' deficit down to 14 at halftime.
Redwood Valley then came out of the locker room with a half-court trap which helped the Cardinals score the first nine points of the second half.
"We have a lot of length on defense," Wittwer said. "We have long arms and good quickness, which allows us to mix things up on the defensive end."
New Ulm was able to make a little push and cut the lead down to 38-20 at the 10:01 mark in the second half. But that was the closest the Eagles got as they shot only 20 percent from the field in the game.
"Tonight was a good example of what happens when you cannot put the ball in the hoop," Eagles coach Matthew Dick said. "Some shots we forced, but a lot were good shots that we just did not make."
The Eagles played well in stretches but have not been able to put a full game together this year. That problem has cost the New Ulm girls a chance at getting a win, according to Dick.
"We have struggled putting a full 36 minutes together all year long," he said. "And when you don't do that and play the schedule we play it is tough. If we can shorten up those stretches of not playing well then we will be on the other side of the outcome at the end of games."
New Ulm was led by Ellie Schneider's 11 points on the night. Molly Shaul came off the bench and chipped in six points for the Eagles.
New Ulm (0-14) will host St. James on Thursday night. Redwood Valley is at Yellow Medicine East on Thursday.