NEW ULM - Sometimes a breakaway in basketball doesn't have anything to do with offense.
The New Ulm Cathedral girl's basketball team used stout defense in the second half to hold back Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart and build a two-point halftime lead into a 50-36 victory Friday night.
The win moves the Grehounds to 3-2 on the season and coach Jeremy Drexler knows why.
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New Ulm Cathedral’s Kristin Mohr (31) takes a shot after getting past Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewert defender Katie Kalenberg (12) Friday at CHS.
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"We played really good defense tonight, it's what won the game for us," Drexler said. "We're playing with more confidence all the time."
For the 0-3 Mustangs, it was another game where they were able to hang in until early in the second half, only to watch as 15 turnovers in each half doomed any chance to come out on top.
"We talked about turnovers at halftime, but it obviously didn't sink in," said BLHS coach James Bertsch. "We've spent a lot of shooting, but the confidence is lacking."
Kristin Mohr was the offensive force for Cathedral throughout the game, with a short jumper giving the Greyhounds a 19-12 lead late in the first half. The only thing keeping the Mustangs in the game was the 3-point shooting of Hannah VanderVoort and the inside scoring of Michelle Melsha.
They accounted for a six-point run that cut Cathedral's margin to 19-18, with the Greyhounds hanging onto a 21-19 lead at the break. The Greyhounds also didn't help themselves at the free-throw line, shooting just 2-for-11 in the first half and only able to capitalize on four BLHS mistakes.
Things got interesting starting off the second half, as a three-point play by Melsha gave the Mustangs their first lead at 22-21. There were three more changes before Cathedral scored eight in a row to go up 31-24.
A long jumper by Karlee Pfaff stretched the score to 36-26 and three quarters through the contest, a 3 by Kelli Eckstein made it 39-28.
Later, Mohr scored five in a row on a 3 and a nice move inside to up the lead to 47-34 and cinch the win for Cathedral.
Mohr led all scorers with 20 points while adding five offensive rebounds, while Pfaff helped with four steals and Megan Laraway had five defensive boards. VanderVoort led BLHS with 14, while Melsha added 13.
Both teams are on the road for their next games, with BLHS heading to Winthrop on Tuesday night to take on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at 7:30 p.m., while Cathedral is at Springfield on Tuesday night, also at 7:30 p.m.