By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM - The New Ulm Cathedral girl's basketball team may be hitting it's stride as the playoffs approach, and on Monday the Greyhounds shook off a hot-shooting Sibley East squad in the first half and defeated the Wolverines 56-46 in nonconference action.
The Wolverines hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, but took a 29-27 lead into the break.
"They collapsed heavy on all of the post touches, and we got good outside looks and probably shot 60 percent from outside in the first half," Sibley East coach Todd Warzecha said. "Our offense wasn't the issue, we just couldn't get into a rhythm defensively."
McKayla Stumm led the Wolverines with 19 points and Leah Krzmarzick led the Greyhounds with 18 points. Karlee Pfaff had a big second half for the Greyhounds and finished with 15 points while Kristin Mohr finished with 10 points.
"They just outhustled us," Cathedral coach Jeremy Drexler said of the first-half effort by his team. "I kind of had a feeling today that we were going to come out flat tonight and we kind of sat back. To their credit, they knocked down a lot of shots."
The Wolverines jumped out to a 34-29 lead early in the second half, but the Greyhounds responded with a run of their own. Cathedral cut away slowly and then went ahead for good on Pfaff's 3-pointer with 9:15 left in the game, putting Cathedral up 42-37.
The Wolverines trimmed the lead down to two at 44-42, but Cathedral was able to get away from the Sibley East ball pressure.
The Greyhounds also hit free throws late in the game to preserve the win.
Lindsay Simon had two blocks for the Greyhounds and Mohr had three steals.
Cathedral (11-5, 7-5 Tomahawk) is at Sleepy Eye on Friday and Sibley East (5-10, 3-6 Minnesota River Conference) hosts Norwood-Young America on Thursday.