NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral took a little bit to get going, but once it did there was no slowing it down. Cathedral defeated Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 46-29 in a physical, low scoring Tomahawk Conference girls' basketball match up on Tuesday.
Knights' senior guard Larissa Helget scored the first seven points for St. Mary's, and the Knights found themselves ahead 9-2 early in the first half.
"(Helget) is a very nice player," Cathedral head coach Jeremy Drexler said. "She is super quick, and our game plan was to slow her down as much as we could."
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New Ulm Cathedral’s Nicole Gangelhoff drives to the basket against Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Nikki Carr during the first half Tuesday at CHS.
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Karlee Pfaff knocked down a 3-pointer to give Cathedral its first lead with 6:25 left in the half, and the Greyhounds controlled the tempo for the rest of the game.
"We did a great job of being patient and maintaining our composure at the beginning of the game," Drexler said. "We knew eventually our shots would start to fall."
Helget scored her 13th point as the clock ran out in the first half to cut St. Mary's deficit to only two points at the half.
Cathedral began to build a lead right away in the second half. It looked much more aggressive and physical on both sides of the ball.
"Cathedral won the physical battle tonight against us, and that played big into its second half," St. Mary's head coach Bruce Woitas said.
The Knights only trailed by nine points with six minutes remaining in the game, but their offense could not get anything going due to a very stingy Cathedral defense.
The Greyhounds extended their lead to 14 points when Pfaff knocked down both free throws after a technical foul by Woitas.
Cathedral did a good job of just taking care of the ball in the final minutes as the clock wound down to zero with a final score of 46-29 on the board.
Pfaff led all scorers with 15 points. Anne Schwarz added 10 points for Cathedral along with nine rebounds. Lindsay Simon made her presence known on the boards with eight rebounds.
Larissa Helget scored all 13 of her points in the first half, and Becca Schmitz had six points and seven rebounds.
"We just have to continue to play hard, and hopefully we will be a team that nobody wants to play come playoff time," Woitas said.
Cathedral (12-7, 8-6) travels to take on Springfield on Thursday, while the Knights (7-13, 4-10) play at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Thursday.