K-M’s offense picks up vs. Z-M, Triton
The Kasson-Mantorville girls basketball team saw its offense take a step forward last week as they had balanced efforts against Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Triton. While K-M could only come up with one win in the two contests, the growth of the team is an encouraging sign as they head into the late stretch of its schedule.
The KoMets traveled to Z-M on January 16 and knew they were in for a challenge facing a Cougars team that was averaging 68 points per game. K-M’s answer was by using a balanced attack that saw K-M’s post players combine for 32 points and the guards combine for 31.
“Coming into the game, we knew that Z-M was the highest scoring team in the HVL,” K-M head coach Ryan Haraldson said. “We also knew that we would have to have a balanced scoring effort if we wanted to compete.”
Mya Suess led the charge for the KoMets with 16 points and eight rebounds while Bailey Berge chipped in from the outside with 11 points. With Devyn Borgstrom (9 points) and Lexi Hugeback (career-high 8 points) also contributing, the KoMets trailed 42-35 at halftime.
In the end, the high-scoring Cougars were too much for K-M however and they stretched things out in the second half to pick up a 76-63 victory over the KoMets.
A couple nights later, he KoMets would host Triton in the 10th annual Cobra KoMet Classic on January 19. K-M came out on fire from beyond the arc and went 8-for-17 (47%) for three pointers on the game. Avery Irish helped set the tone with a career-high 16 points (including three three-pointers) to help K-M take a 35-26 lead at halftime.
In the second half, K-M utilized a 45-28 advantage on the boards that was fueled by double-doubles by Berge (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Suess (12 points, 11 rebounds). With Meredith Wright also cleaning the glass with seven rebounds to go with 12 points, the KoMets were able to pull away in the second half and pick up a 71-51 victory.
The KoMets now own a record of 7-12 on the season and are 4-6 in the Hiawatha Valley League. K-M has faced plenty of stiff competition this season and that will continue this week as their only game took place on Tuesday when they traveled to Hayfield, who is ranked third in Class A.
K-M will return to action on January 30 when they travel to Lake City.