EAST CHAIN - Granada-Huntley-East Chain went on a 9-2 scoring run to open it girls basketball game and followed with a 12-2 run coming out of the halftime break en route to a 40-25 Valley Conference victory over the Maple River Eagles on Thursday night in East Chain.
Amanda Cegelske got the game-opening run started with a jumper along the baseline before freshman Rachel Shumski, who garnered a double-double including 10 rebounds, scored seven of her game-high 14 points in the opening half to lead the Mustangs.
GHEC forward Anna Balcom aided Shumski on offense in the first half, making a pair of free throws and a jump shot for four points and pulled down five rebounds.
OFF THE GLASS — Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Rachel Shumski (51) drives around Maple River’s Jozie Ostermann and banks in two points off the backboard during Valley Conference basketball action Thursday night at East Chain School. The Eagles’ Lauren Caven (44) and the Mustangs’ Mackenzie Scheff watch the action. Photo by Leanna Becker
Jozie Ostermann stopped the Mustangs' run with a jumper to get the Eagles on the board with 12:11 left in the first frame.
Lauren Caven came off the Maple River bench for an injured Emily Spear in the opening half and proceeded to grab one of her team-leading seven rebounds. Caven was fouled on the putback and made 1 of 2 free throws with less than 11 minutes to play in the half.
"I thought that we got a few more things going in the second half offensively. Cegelske started hitting her shots on the baseline and we talked to Anna (Balcom) about dribbling too much. We wanted her to get the ball and put it in the basket," said Granada-Huntley-East Chain head coach Rick Uttech.
Kira Wolf managed to stop the Mustangs' second-half scoring run with a rebound and a putback basket with 10:55 left in the game. Wolf and the rest of the Eagles' bench combined for 15 of their 25 points in the game.
Cegelske bounced back for the Mustangs offensively in the second half, scoring seven of her 13 points and grabbing three boards.
"We switched to our trapping press out of halftime, and that gave us some quick baskets, and to bring back the intensity," said Uttech.
Freshman Mariah Jensen delivered a pass to Shumski on a back-door cut for the easy layup with just under eight minutes to play to give the Mustangs a 35-8 lead.
Wolf grabbed a rebound on the ensuing possession and was fouled, making 1 of 2 from the free throw line before sinking a pair of 3s with less than seven minutes left to play to make it 35-16.
Molly Landsteiner scored all six of her points for Maple River in the second half, making two baskets in the final minutes for the Eagles.
Balcom scored five points in the second half to finish with nine for the Mustangs, while Jensen finished with four points -?all coming in the second half.
Wolf's second-half shooting helped her lead the Eagles with nine points, while Landsteiner finished with six and Jozie Ostermann netted four points.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (7-6, 6-5 Valley) travels to Truman for a 7:30 conference game on Tuesday night.
Maple River (2-15, 2-7 Valley) travels to Sibley East for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Monday.
Martin Luther 58, Alden-Conger 47 - Catie Sherman's perimeter prowess helped power the visiting Knights to a key 11-point Valley Conference victory over the hometown Knights on Thursday night in Alden.
Sherman connected on 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range to fuel her game-high 20-point performance for Martin Luther. Sherman also distributed three assists on the game.
Effie Bentz produced eight points and four assists for Martin Luther, Samantha Meade contributed nine points, while Amber Schulz garnered eight rebounds.
The visiting Knights made 16 of 37 shots from 2-point range, 5 of 7 from behind the bonus arc and 11 of 20 at the free throw line.
Martin Luther (8-5, 6-3 Valley) plays host to Madelia on Tuesday night in Northrop.
Martin County West 75, Cleveland 38 - Taryn Tumbleson and Libbie Lange combined for 21 points to steer the Mavericks to a 37-point Valley Conference victory over the Clippers on Thursday night in Cleveland.
Tumbleson topped all scorers with 11 points, while Lange netted 10 points.
Kate Thiesse produced nine rebounds, four steals and three assists for MCW, while Reilly Geistfeld and Bailey Tish each grabbed eight rebounds.
The Mavericks made 32 of 70 field goals to complement 5-for-6 free throwing shooting on the game.
Martin County West (13-2, 9-1 Valley) plays host to St. James on Tuesday night in Trimont.
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 57, Truman 45 - Megan Schroeder poured in a game-high 20 points to propel the Knights to a 12-point Valley Conference triumph over the Bluejays on Thursday night in Lake Crystal.
Becca Norgren contributed 15 points to LCWM's winning cause.
Brooke McDonald generated a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to top Truman's effort. Emily Zaharia scored 11 points, while teammate Cleo Maloney distributed six assists for the Bluejays.
Truman (1-15, 1-9 Valley) plays host to Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Tuesday night.