By Dave Clark
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - It's hard to say the last time the New Ulm Eagles girls basketball team blew the doors off their opponent, but it might have been before Kelsey Anderson was born.
Sophomore Anderson hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points overall to pace the Eagles to a 63-41 victory over the Madelia Blackhawks.
The Eagles hit nine 3s in the game while playing tough defense and controlling the ball. They had zero turnovers in the first half and just four in the second.
"We made the long ones tonight," New Ulm coach Dan Reinhart said. "There was a stretch in the second half where we made Madelia speed it up and it forced some turnovers. And, Anderson was in a zone."
Hunter Ahlness hit the first 3 of the game to tie it at 3-3, but Anderson's first three long-range bombs would open a 15-7 Eagles lead. The Blackhawks would then go on a 8-3 run to shave the New Ulm lead down to 18-15, but Anderson's fourth three would make it 21-15. Meleah Reinhart ended the half by knocking down a three at the buzzer, giving the Eagles a 27-15 margin at the break.
Of those 27 points, 18 came on 3-pointers, with the other nine scored on free throws, with nary an ordinary basket in sight. Things changed in the second half, as Ellie Schneider opened things up with a New Ulm layup. With the score standing at 30-18, Anderson took control again, this time combining a 3, two short jumpers and a layup to give the Eagles a 41-20 lead with 13:15 left in the game.
Taylor Bolduan took part in the 3-point party later to make it 54-36 and New Ulm cruised the rest of the way to raise its record to 6-19.
As for their leading scorer, "I guess I was feeling it before the game," Anderson said. "I've just been practicing a lot and hoping to get the ball."
New Ulm wraps up its regular season with a game against LeSueur-Henderson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in LeSueur.