Wolves streak past Mavs, 58-43
Some solid man-to-man defense and a combined 37 points from Anna Brandt and Mariah Gath lifted Harris-Lake Park to a decisive 58-43 win over Clay Central-Everly Tuesday on their home court.
The Wolves pushed the pace from the start, taking a 10-1 advantage four minutes into the game and opening up a 14-9 lead when Gath hit Brandt on a long outlet pass with under 30 seconds left in the quarter. Brandt picked apart the CC-E man defense with her penetration, scoring eight of her 23 points in the first.
An 8-2 run by the Mavs' reserves cut the deficit down to 14-11, before Gath heated up from the outside with a couple of treys. H-LP took a commanding 38-21 lead to the locker room with 24 points in the second stanza.
The long ball proved to be an equalizer for CC-E in the second half, as the Mavs erased a 17-point lead with three shots from the perimeter. CC-E's Tori Campbell closed the score to 44-38 on a putback, but Brandt answered with a bank shot in traffic.
Gath drilled back-to-back 3-balls to spark a 12-5 run to end the game. The Wolves put the game away with three of their 18 steals shortly thereafter.
"In the second half, we let (Emily) Jobst free up a little bit too much and she had some nice 3-point looks, but altogether we kept our composure and were able to come up with the 'W'," said Harris-Lake Park coach Jenni Spooner. "It was a nice win going into our first conference game against NSK on Friday."
Jobst had three of the Mavs' four 3-pointers. Gath finished with 14 points and made 4-of-5 triples for H-LP. Anna Brandt added eight steals, seven assists and four boards while Lydia Brandt had eight points, six rebounds and four steals. Macy Gunderson also contributed four points and four steals.
The Wolves shot 71 percent (10-of-14) from the charity stripe and had six fewer turnovers than last night's blowout win over Mountain Lake Christian. Anna Brandt and Noreen Morrow each made five free throw attempts.
The Wolves, now 5-2 on the season, handed the Mavericks their first loss. CC-E falls to 3-1 overall. H-LP opens up Cornbelt Conference play at North Sentral Kossuth Friday, and then returns home to play Round Lake-Brewster in a make-up game on Tuesday.