NEW ULM - The New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds girls basketball team practiced something Tuesday night in their 61-36 win over the Madelia Blackhawks known by anyone who lives in Minnesota.
If you're cold outside, go inside.
Down 14-5 past the midway point of the second half due to outside shooting that was leading them nowhere, the 2-2 Greyhounds scrambled to a 21-18 halftime lead. Adjustments at the break led to much easier buckets underneath and a final score that looks like a blowout.
"We needed to start seeing open people," Cathedral coach Jeremy Drexler said, alluding to the early outside shots that left the inside open. "We needed halftime to see what they were giving us. I think we learned from tonight. It's about staying within ourselves."
While the Blackhawks drop to 0-3, they did break the 30 point mark for the first time this season. "We gave them too many chances, " Madelia coach Ron Streit said. "Thats where we struggle."
But the early struggles belonged entirely to the Greyhounds. Melody Colon and Melodie DeVlaeminck were the early offensive stars for the Blackhawks, who kept the 14-5 margin until Cathedral began stirring about the 6:50 mark of the first half.
The Greyhounds doubled their points in less than an minute with two buckets from Anne Schwarz and a free throw from Leah Krzmarzick. Three-pointers from Karlee Pfaff tied it at 16-16, then gave Cathedral their first lead at 19-18.
Pfaff would score five of the Greyhounds first six points of the second half as they took a 27-18 lead. That spread would grow to 42-22 on consecutive layups by Megan Laraway.
It took 18 minutes from their 14-5 lead for the Blackhawks to score 10 points, with a Carina Aqilar side shot making it 46-24. A Megan Guggisberg trey extended the Greyhound lead to 51-29, with Jenessa Rothmeier scoring six of the final eight Cathedral points.
Pfaff led all scorers with 19 points, while also adding four steals.
The Blackhawks host Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in a Valley Conference matchup, while Cathedral hosts Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.