NEW ULM - Throughout the course of a game, every team catches a dry spell, missing on multiple shots in a row. On Friday night, New Ulm caught that dry spell at the wrong time.
Trailing 50-47 with six minutes remaining, the Eagles were held scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes before finally putting the ball in the hoop.
Hutchinson capitalized on the errant shooting by bolting ahead 58-47. This 8-0 spurt buried the Eagles and carried Hutchinson to a 66-53 victory.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Grant Kannegiesser (50) shoots as Riley Steenhoek of Hutchinson defends on the play during the first half Friday at NUHS.
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Despite the drought at the end of the second half, the Eagles got off to a quick start.
Trailing 4-0 early, the Eagles mounted a 14-2 run to swing the game in their favor. Grant Kannegiesser led the charge with seven quick points.
Despite the quick start, the Eagles began to have problems with turning the ball over, a theme that haunted them all night.
Hutchinson took advantage of the New Ulm miscues and took the lead at 25-24. However, the visiting Tigers did not stop there, keeping the pressure on the Eagles. Hutchinson went on to a 38-31 halftime lead.
"Tonight was uncharacteristic of us," said New Ulm coach Steve Foley. "We just turned the ball way too much. [Hutchinson] played good defense so you have to give credit to them."
The second half saw New Ulm scratching and clawing its way back into the game and eventually pulled to within three points.
However, this is as close as the Eagles would come.
The Eagles came away with empty possessions for more than four minutes. During this span, Hutchinson took the game away with some clutch buckets and free throws and went on to take the game 66-53.
"It was close there, but we just hit a dry spell and they hit some buckets," Foley said. "We started to push it and tried to score quicker and nothing developed."
Kannegeisser had a monster night for the Eagles. The senior scored a game-high 23 points and hustled his way to 19 rebounds.
"He's playing great," Foley said. "He's shooting the ball well, he's rebounding. he's aggressive and he's having a really good season so far. He's a good ball player."
Tanner Ogren and Tyler Dittrich each added eight points for the Eagles in the loss.
New Ulm drops to 2-5 on the season and will play next Thursday evening at St. James.