K-M girls rolling after victory over Stewartville
The Kasson-Mantorville girs basketball team is starting to build momentum as it heads into February. The KoMets have been on a hot streak lately winning seven of their last eight games and with a convincing 84-74 victory over Stewartville on February 1, K-M is playing some of its best basketball of the season.
Against the Tigers, the KoMets opened February with the same tenacity that they showed throughout the month of January. K-M jumped out to an early lead against Stewartville and although the Tigers would get as close as four points, the KoMets always had an answer seeing their lead swell to as much as 18 points in the second half.
One of the biggest factors was a balanced scoring attack that was led by Ashlyn Bigelow. The sophomore was on fire draining five three pointers on the way to a career-high 24 points.
Lexie Hugeback also was a key contributor off the bench with 15 points and Bailey Berge (11 points) and Avery Irish (10 points) would also reach double figures.
The convincing performance was a sign of growth for the KoMets who had fallen to Stewartville earlier in the year by a score of 78-58.
“It’s great to see the growth of our team as the year goes on,” K-M head coach Ryan Haraldson said. “We had a lot of great energy off the bench tonight and the crowd provided a fun atmosphere.”
The KoMets strong offensive showing was an extension of their performance at Cannon Falls which got their week off to a fast start. In the January 31 matchup with the Bombers, K-M mixed its offensive ability with one of their best defensive outings of the season jumping out to a 49-16 lead at halftime.
With the defense locking down the Bombers, the KoMets’ offense would do its job from there with 11 different players on the scoresheet. Hugeback would lead the team with 13 points and Mya Suess would be a terror with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Aby Shubert mixed in 10 points as well as the KoMets earned a 82-29 victory.
“They did a great job setting up their teammates,” Haraldson said of his team, which had 17 assists in the win. “They were able to make the extra pass and set everyone up for success.”
The KoMets are now 13-6 on the season and own a 6-4 record in the HVL. After last week put the state (and the local high school sports schedule) in a deep freeze, K-M opened a busy week with a home game against Rochester Lourdes on Monday and hitting the road against Byron on Tuesday.
This week will continue by hosting Zumbrota- Mazeppa on Thursday and their final home game of the season on Friday against Lake City. The KoMets will close out the regular season with three straight road games at Austin (February 11), Pine Island (February 12) and New Ulm (February 14).