The Goodhue Wildcats girls basketball team fell to a very good Big Nine Conference  Red Wing team 55-51 in the Red Wing Invitational Tournament over the weekend.  The Wildcats defeated River Falls, Wisconsin Friday 58-49.  Coach Josh Wieme's Wildcats will be very good again this season with only two seniors on their roster.  6'3 post Lexie Lodermeier and 5'10 guard Kate Opsahl are the seniors returning for Goodhue.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa is led by 6'1 junior Ali Hunstad who can play any position on the floor.  The Cougars defeated defending State Class A Champion Lyle/Pacelli Friday 60-38 jumping to a 27-8 lead at the half.  Hunstad finished with 25 points including 3 three point baskets and was the only player for Z-M in double digits.  The Cougars were 10 of 20 from the free throw line and the Athletics 11 of 13.

Saturday Hunstad scored 25 points and had 19 rebounds against Minnehaha Academy in a 69-49 runaway from a traditional girls hoops power in the state.  Hunstad again drained 3 three point baskets and three other players also had double digit nights.  senior Megan Johnson 14 points, senior Hannah Mensink 11 points and 5'11 junior Jakalyn Arendt 10 points.  Zumbrota-Mazeppa has six seniors on this year's team.

When last season ended Zumbrota-Mazeppa Head Coach Andy Bromeling told KDHL on the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Coaches Show sponsored by the News Record and Zumbro Shopper his team needed to improve on defense if they wanted to make noise this season.  Allowing less than 50 points in their first two games is a very good start in that department.

Other area teams Monday:

  • Mabel-Canton 49  Leroy-Ostrander 46

Other area teams in action Saturday:

  • Eastview 54  White Bear Lake 37
  • Dover-Eyota 50  Lyle/Pacelli 42
  • St. Louis Park 63  Lakeville South 60
  • Winona Cotter 60  St. Agnes 39
  • Benilde-St. Margaret's 56  Rochester Lourdes 29
  • River Falls, Wisconsin 77  Hastings 67
  • Waseca 51  Mankato East 33
  • Stewartville 81  Onalaska, Wisconsin 76
  • Apple Valley 61  Park of Cottage Grove 35
  • Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 80  Cleveland 56

Friday scores:

  • Benilde-St. Margaret's 59  Cotter 46
  • Red Wing 75  Hastings 54
  • Cretin-Derham Hall 70  Rochester Lourdes 66
  • Hopkins 74  Lakeville South 37
  • Minnehaha Academy 58  Dover-Eyota 49
  • Sleepy Eye 68  Cleveland 58
  • Eastview 66 Mounds View 32
Essential Basketball Gear for Traction. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld