Once again the MACA girls and boys basketball teams played on the same night. The girls supplied the main highlight on Tuesday, Dec. 16: a 79-63 win over Montevideo in another high-scoring game.
Coach Dale Henrich's squad sealed the deal in the first half. The 51-18 score at the halfway point showed MACA well on its way to its third win of the season.
The MACA offense was a share-the-wealth system. Lauren Reimers topped the scoring list with 19 points and was closely followed by Becca Holland and Correy Hickman each with 17. The fourth Tiger in double figures was Tracy Meichsner with eleven. Lacee Maanum contributed seven points, Kayla Pring five and Piper Gibson three.
Holland zeroed in from three-point range, making three long-rangers. Hickman sank two from beyond that arc, and Reimers did it once. Meichsner led in rebounds with nine. Holland was the top assist producer with seven. Reimers stole the ball five times.
The orange and black made 25 of 56 field goal tries. We were 23 of 40 in freethrows. Monte was 20 of 53 in field goals and was quite good in freethrows where their numbers were 21 of 28. MACA had substantially more freethrow attempts.
Three Thunder Hawks were proficient in scoring, each with 12 points: Lexi Quigley, Natalie Feldhake and Morgan Reidinger. Abby Olson put in eleven. The list continues with Nikki Erickson (6), Eric Nalken (4), Alexis Schmitz (4) and Kalley Maroney (2). Olson and Erickson each made a 3-point shot. Quigley and Reidinger each had five rebounds.
Our next assignment is to play at Melrose on Friday.
Aaron Ahrndt helped pace the Benson victory with his 16 points and five assists. Layton Connelly was right behind with his 15 points, and this Brave used three-pointers in a big way, making three. Ahrndt led in a variety of categories as he grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and stole the ball four times.
There are two Lindahls on the scoring list but the Willmar newspaper doesn't provide us with first names.
Eric Staebler topped the MACA scoring list with 14 points. Sean Amundson and Andrew Goulet joined Eric in double figures with 12 and 10 respectively. Noah Grove added nine points to the mix. Jacob Zosel came through with nine and Riley Biesterfeld added three.
Amundson found the range to make two 3-point shots. Staebler swept the boards to collect 17 rebounds. He led in steals with three. Zosel dished out five assists. The orange and black made 19 of 47 field goal attempts. We were pinpoint in freethrow shooting where the numbers were 17 of 22.
Our won-lost numbers coming out of Tuesday were 3-4 overall and 1-4 in conference.
Marshall like MAHS has the "Tigers" nickname, but in hockey there's little potential for confusion as we're the "Storm."
The score was 1-0 after one period. Kelsey Rajewsky scored that initial MBA goal, assisted by Kamri Kalthoff and Hanna Lindblad. MBA went up 2-0 with a goal by Kayla Benson in the second period. Assists came from Kalthoff and Nicole Berens. Then it was Abby Daly scoring unassisted for the Storm, making the score 3-0.
Marshall began clawing back with a goal by Allie Bladholm, assisted by Tessa Coudron and Mikenna Radke. Miranda Fischer injected more "mo" for Marshall in period #3. Fischer's goal was assisted by Sara Antony and Hanna Peterson. So now the score is 3-2.
It was Marshall's Peterson scoring at 6:40 of the third, assisted by Radke and Alysia Rupp. Bladholm put the puck in the net at 4:12 assisted by Fischer.
Berens got things tied up for the Storm at :56, setting the stage for overtime. An air of drama prevailed as the Storm and Tigers assembled on the ice again. Fischer scored for Marshall to end this contest with a score of 5-4. Courtney Mauch assisted.
Abbey Hoffman was the goalie for MBA and had 27 saves. Her goalie rival was Morgan Morrill whose save total was 27.
The Storm came on strong in the game's early stages. Holli Christians put the puck in the net with an assist by Hanna Lindblad. Then it was Kelsey Rajewsky scoring for the Storm assisted by Hallie Watzke. So the score is 2-0.
Windom got on the board with a goal by Molly Boyum. Windom outscored the Storm 3-2 in a wild second period. Kaylee Jansen scored for Windom assisted by Addison Beaty. Jolyssa Higley-Purrington kept Windom surging with a goal assisted by Boyum. Boyum scored at 11:55 of the second. MBA scored the last two goals of the period. Watzke scored both of these, assisted each time by Emily Walz.
Beaty of Windom scored the game-winner at 16:51 of the third period. It was an unassisted goal with nine seconds remaining. Heartbreak for the Storm!
Abbey Hoffman had 16 saves as the MBA goalie. Emily Steen saved 39 for Windom.
Dakota Luepke won two bouts and dropped two at 145 pounds. Levin Strand had an 0-2 day at 152. Trent Ostby went 0-2 at 160. Steven Koehl manned the 170-pound category and placed third with his 3-1 showing.
Toby Sayles went 0-2 at 182. Jacob Sperr had a 2-2 showing good for fourth place at 220 pounds. Alec Gausman went 3-1 for second place at 285.
The Grant County Invite was wrestled on Saturday, 12/13, at Barrett.