The Wildcats' 24-4 record compares to an absolutely sterling 27-1 record sported by their next foe. That foe is Sauk Centre. The Wildcats and Streeters will vie at 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 13, at St. Cloud State University. The St. John's-hosted phase is over.
And, how did Sauk Centre get that one loss on their record? My, it was at the hands of those Wildcats of New London-Spicer. The 6AA title game will begin at 7:45 p.m.
The Wildcats garnered the 6AA-South title with a win over Litchfield on Tuesday. The score was 59-48 as the Wildcats clawed past the Dragons at SJU. Long-range shooting was a New London-Spicer asset. Alyssa Fredrick made three 3-pointers. Brooke Beuning made two shots from beyond the three-point arc. Shea Oman made one.
NL-Spicer was six of ten in three-pointers. In total field goals, the Wildcats put up 17 of 30 numbers. They got a huge number of freethrow attempts - 31 - and made 19. Fredrick topped the scoring list with 15 points. Oman put in 13 points and Thorson had ten. The list continues with Ashlyn Geister (8), Beuning (6), Kabrie Weber (4), Erin Tebben (2) and Lindsay Vagle (1).
Thorson was the top rebounder with eleven, followed by Geister with six. Weber was the top assist producer with five, while Oman had three. These three Wildcats each had two steals: Oman, Fredrick and Morgan Swenson.
Litch had only eleven freethrow attempts, making six. The Dragons were 20 of 57 from the field. Breanna Sittig and Macy Huhner each made a three-pointer. Here's the Litch scoring list: Hannah Norlin (27), Huhner (8), Hallie Euerle (4), Sittig (3) and these three Dragons each with two points: Kyndra Beavers, Savanna Pater and Sydney Weires.
Norlin was the top Litchfield rebounder with eight, while Mariah Hoff had five boards. In assists it was Hoff setting the pace with eleven. Beavers contributed three assists. Norlin had three steals and Huhner executed two.
Litch had a quite competitive stance on the court and led by four points at halftime, 27-23. But Litch had to accept the end to its season, and does so with a 16-13 record. It's a modest record but perhaps they play a lot of bigger schools.
It's not a stretch to imagine our MACA Tigers as the 6AA-South champion. Really, it seems just a hair's breadth separates these teams.
Litch's Norlin had the game-high point total. She was a force close to the basket. Litch worked to a lead of as many as nine points in the first half. The second half was a nightmare by comparison for them. The Dragons lost fire in shooting, especially over a 12-minute stretch of play.
The dynastic Wildcats of NL-Spicer are focused now on Sauk Centre, a familiar high-level rival. The Wildcats and Streeters battled into overtime in last year's section title showdown.