Cougars#039; pressure rattles Lyle/Pacelli

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2003

Mabel-Canton came out with an intense full-court press, and Lyle/Pacelli could not handle it.

The Cougars cashed in on 34 L/P turnovers and took a 52-30 Southeast Conference girls' basketball victory at Pacelli High School Friday night.

Lyle/Pacelli (5-14, 4-7) did not score a field goal in the first quarter and trailed 20-1 eight minutes into the match.

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"We started off real slow, but we beat them in the second and third quarters," said L/P coach Craig Smith. "We threw the ball away 34 times -- that killed us.

"Plus Mabel-Canton shoots the ball well and they have a balanced attack."

The Cougars attacked with defense, throwing a 2-1-2 zone at Lyle/Pacelli for most of the game. L/P was not prepared.

Lyle/Pacelli netted just six field goals in the entire game, scoring 16 of its 30 points from the free-throw line. Kate Boisjolie scored six of her eight points at the charity stripe, Louise Mudra made five of her team-high 11, and Sammi Jones scored all of her four points at the line.

L/P outscored the Cougars by a combined 26-18 margin in the second and third quarters, but the first period set Lyle/Pacelli too far out to come back from. Mabel-Canton cruised to the 22-point win with a 14-3 scoring advantage in the final frame.

SEC-leading Lanesboro is next up for Lyle/Pacelli. The L/P girls play on the road Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.


MABEL-CANTON (52) -- Amy Eiken 7, Mallory Geving 4, Missy Glenna 7, Tessa Newman 7, Asnate Puntule 2, Jesse Rasmussen 11, Lindsey Torkelson 2, Karlie Urbaniak 6, Nicole Wilder 2, Carla Wilson 4.

LYLE/PACELLI (30) -- Kate Boisjolie8, Carmen Buntje 0, Karina Golbert 0, Lindsay Halbach 0, Anna Hebrink 7, Kristina Hollerud 0, Sammi Jones 4, Rebecca Mino 0, Louise Mudra 11, Chelsey Roberts 0, Laura Christopherson 0.



Three-pointers--M-C 3 (Glenna, Rasmussen, Eiken); L/P 2 (Hebrink 2).

Free-throws--M-C 714, L/P 16-28.

Fouled out--Urbaniak, Mudra.