Goodhue ends L/P’s season

Published 11:51 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lyle/Pacelli's Courtney Walter drives against Goodhue's Erica Tipcke during the first half Tuesday night in the Section 1A, West Division tournament at the Rochester Civic Center. - Eric Johnson/

ROCHESTER — The Lyle/Pacelli girls basketball ended its best season in years with an 88-31 loss to top-seeded Goodhue (25-4 overall) in the Section 1A West Division semifinals in Mayo Civic Auditorium Tuesday.

The Athletics (17-8 overall) struggled on offense as they had 31 turnovers and they were out-rebounded 43-23 by a bigger and more experienced Goodhue team.

Lyle/Pacelli's Ann Rysavy reaches for a loose ball ahead of Goodhue's Anne Lodemeier during the first half in the Section 1A, West Division tournament at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center. - Eric Johnson/

Still L/P head coach Brad Walter was looking at the bright side as his squad featured two freshman, an eighth grader and a seventh grader in the starting lineup.

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“It was an opportunity for us to compete at this level and to get to play against a team like Goodhue is a great opportunity for our girls,” he said. “It was a great learning experience and I hope they take something home from it and it makes them want to work in the offseason.”

The Wildcats jumped out to a 20-3 lead as they forced 15 L/P turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game.

The Athletics used a 7-0 run to pull within 25-12 with 6:53 left. Goodhue, which is ranked No. 1 in Class ‘A’, called a timeout and responded with a 27-1 run over the last seven minutes of the half to put it away.

“If we could handle the ball, we’d stay in the game and we had a little run where we handled it and we put up some points,” Walter said. “I think we made them a little nervous but we just couldn’t sustain it and that was the game.”

L/P will graduate five seniors, but it also brings back a strong group including freshman point guard Ann Rysavy, who had 11 points and five rebounds Tuesday and seventh grade guard Courntey Walter, who had 12 points against Goodhue.

“The seniors helped turn this program around and we’ve got a lot of young talent,” L/P head coach Brad Walter said. “I think the girls are committed to improving and we’re not done yet. We’ve got a lot of good years ahead of us.”

L/P 13 18 — 31

Goodhue 52 36 — 88

L/P scoring: Courtney Walter, 12; Ann Rysavy, 11; Nyabang Diang, 5; Maggie Lewison, 3; Dani Felten, 2; free throws: 33 percent (4-for-12); rebounds: 23 (Madison Truckenmiller, 5); turnovers: 31

Goodhue scoring: Chanel Robert, 16; Courtney Hinsch, 13; Anne Lodermeier, 12; Erica Tipke, 10; Mikayla Miller, 6; Abby Kohlnhofer, 6; Meridith Watson, 5; Alicia Buck, 4; Jenna Kohlnhofer, 4; Alyssa Ryan, 2; Kali Ryan, 2; Molly McNamara, 2; Rachel Tipke, 2; Mikayla Tipke, 2; free throws: 73 percent (11-for-15); rebounds: 43 (Lodermeier, 11); turnovers: 8