A high ankle sprain sustained by guard Kyla Hubbling in the early stages of their 75-58 victory over St. James Thursday night in St. James impeded the Arrows’ bid to remain undefeated on the season, as Pipestone Area (3-1) succumbed to the Luverne Cardinals (3-0) 59-42 in Big South Conference girls’ basketball action Friday night in Luverne.
Not only did Hubbling’s injury limit the Arrows’ ability to swiftly advance the basketball in transition, but it also impacted the visitors on the boards – offensively and defensively.
“The score made it seem worse than it was; we were within 7-12 points most of the game, we just couldn’t get that run we needed to really get back in it,” Pipestone Area head coach Grant Everson said. “You’re not going to win a lot of games with 42 points. We held them to 59 points and I did like our defensive effort. They a good team, but we’ll see them again at home – hopefully at full strength.
“Not having Kyla definitely hurt. Again, she doesn’t do a ton of scoring for this team; she can, but hasn’t so far. Her defense and her rebounding, just taking care of the ball, was where we really missed her out there Friday night.”
And the loss of a stout and experienced defender somewhat lightened the load for Luverne’s Elizabeth Wagner and Kira John, who posted 18 and 14 points, respectively. Emma Beyers and Christian Wagner added seven and six points to the Cardinals’ total, washing out the efforts of the Arrows’ Jadyn Kor (five points), Arinn McGee and Taryn Tuinstra (four points apiece).
Madelyn Wiese and Aubrea Kor paced the Arrows in attack versus the Cardinals, totaling 13 and 11 markers, respectively, while Mariah Moeller and Emersyn Smidt finished with a field goal and a successful free throw.
The Arrows will be back in action Thursday night when they host the Treacy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers in non-conference action.
PAS 24 18 – 42
Luverne 30 29 – 59
PAS 75, St. James 58
The Arrows came back with a strong second-half effort against the Saints Thursday night on the road, outscoring their opponent by 20 points (47-27) in the period.
“That was right along the lines of our first two games; we started slow and got rolling in the second half,” Everson said. “Some of it was getting used to what St. James was running; we haven’t seen them much, and we didn’t know what they were going to do. We had to make adjustments and we did a good job with that in the second half.
“It all comes down to taking care of the basketball and rebounding. We didn’t do those things well in the first half, and that’s all effort. In the second half we played the way we should play and you can see the result.”
Aubrea Kor finished with a game-high 23 points to go with five boards, five assists, a block and a steal, while sister Jadyn Kor added 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
McGee tallied scratched out 14 markers in the paint and completed her double-double with 12 rebounds. Wiese was 3-for-9 from beyond the arc for nine points, and Moeller (one rebound, one assist) and Smidt (two rebounds) tallied three points apiece.
PAS 28 47 – 75
St. James 31 27 – 58
SWC 71, Red Rock Central 21
The Eagles improved to 2-3 overall with their second straight Red Rock Conference victory, Friday night in Edgerton.
Madyson Fey scored a game-high 18 points in leading SWC in attack, while Kinsie Nelson, Makenna Moss (four rebounds) and Jocelyn Barron (four rebounds) finished with 10 points apiece. Kierra Binford and Ana Valdkamp added seven markers apiece, and Myah Vander Maten had five for the Eagles.
Makenzie Pap was solid with her passes and on the boards posting a team-high 10 assists and eight rebounds; Hannah Casperson added six boards, and Vander Maten and Veldkamp finished five and three rebounds, respectively.
The Eagles will hit the road Thursday night, visiting Westbrook to take on the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers in RRC play.
RRC 12 9 – 21
SWC 36 35 – 71
SWC 53, MLA 24 (12/6/22)
The Eagles broke their three-game non-conference skid with a comfortable Red Rock Conference victory over the Wolverines Tuesday night in Edgerton.
Fey dropped in a game-high 17 points, while Barron posted a 12-point, 12-rebounds double-double. Moss finished with nine points, two blocks and three boards, and Vander Maten had six points, eight rebounds.
MLA 9 15 – 24
SWC 28 25 – 53