By: Adam Bartels
LE SUEUR – The Belle Plaine Tigers girls basketball team improves to 2-0 in the Minnesota River Conference win 60-49 Tuesday night at LeSueur-Henderson. Belle Plaine fought off a very tough fight from the LeSueur-Henderson Giants including surviving a late rally that made the lead just three with four minutes left in the game. “It’s a good win for use and we hope to continue the momentum to Thursday when we take on Watertown-Mayer,” Belle Plaine coach Jon Werner said afterward.
The game saw Belle Plaine jump out to a 7-2 lead before LSH would come back thanks to Gretta Schultz getting to the free throw line eleven times in the first half on her way to a 28 point game. The Giants would take a 24-18 lead before Belle Plaine would tie the game 26-26.
“Gretta was tough for us all game, she handled our man, zone, box-and-one, she was tough for us all game long,” said coach Werner.
The second half would see Belle Plaine get out to a five point lead and would maintain that lead until a couple of three-pointers from LeaRae Enerson would make the score 41-40, Belle Plaine. The Tigers would keep their lead thanks to strong inside play from six-foot center Abby Wolpern who ended with 14 points for Belle Plaine.
With the score 48-45 Belle Plaine, Claire Otto would hit a big three pointer to give the Tigers a six point lead and would not lead by any less the remainder of the game as they would hit their free throws. “Claire had a big second half for us as she made a big three for her and the team to secure the win,” said coach Werner.
Belle Plaine was lead by Haley Fogarty with 18 points.
“Our team is taking steps in the right direction and were able to finally be able to battle in the final minutes of game for the first time this season,” was what LSH coach Don Marcussen said after talking with the team.
Belle Plaine improves to 2-0 in the MRC and 3-3 overall and will host #3AA Watertown-Mayer Thursday. LeSueur-Henderson falls to 0-2 in the MRC and 0-4 overall on the season and will take on Tri-City United on Thursday.