KoMets fall short in section finals
After losing 43-48 to Red Wing earlier in the year, the Kasson-Mantorville girls’ basketball team was hoping their improve- ments over the second half of the season would be enough to beat the Wing- ers, but the Wingers made improvements too and their growth was apparent as they routed K-M 57-24 on Friday, March 6.
Red Wing took it to K-M right away; they started the game on a 16-2 run.
Head Coach Ryan Haraldson said, “K-M got off to a cold start thanks to a smothering Winger defense.”
He explained that Red Wing’s defense was able to smother K-M’s offense by utilizing its speed and physicality.
“They were able to use their team speed to defend our guards one on one and took away our post option with physicality,” he said.
On the other end of the court, he said the KoMets’ defense struggled to stop
the Wingers’ offense. “We needed to do a
better job of taking away their curl in their five-out offense and force them to shoot jump shots,” said Haraldson.
Due to their offenive and defensive woes, K-M trailed 7-34 at halftime.
During halftime, he encouraged the KoMets to keep competing hard no matter the score.
“Our goal was to finish the season strong and fight until the end,” he said.
In the second half, Haraldson said K-M did a better job defending Red Wing.
“We played with more energy. We didn’t allow a poor shooting night effect us on the defensive end,” he said.
He mentioned that the KoMets also played well on the offensive end in the second half.
“We looked to drive and attack off the bounce put- ting more pressure back on Red Wing to defend,” he said.
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