KoMets claim second straight HVL Championship
The Kasson-Mantorville girls basketball team earned their second consecutive HVL championship when they defeated Goodhue in the conference championship game on February 20. The win also gave the KoMets their second straight undefeated season in the HVL with a perfect 17-0 record.
“Staying undefeated in the HVL was one of our goals from the beginning,” K-M head coach Ryan Haraldson revealed. “The preparation done throughout the year on and off the floor has given the team confidence and mental toughness with the mindset that they can win the game they play.”
The matchup against Goodhue was highly anticipated as they two teams engaged in a tight tight matchup on January 22 where K-M picked up a 56-54 victory. The two teams were also highly decorated as the KoMets were ranked second in Class AAA and Goodhue having the top ranking in Class A.
All of those numbers went out the window as soon as the ball was tipped off as the KoMets raced out to a 9-0 lead. The Wildcats struggled to get anything going against K-M’s pressure defense and didn’t score a point for the first eight minutes of the game.
While Goodhue would find their footing later in the second half, the KoMets were in firm control and entered the locker room with a 34-24 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the KoMets would turn to their strength in the paint as Kristin Scott had a career day with 39 points and 18 rebounds. The senior was also stellar on the defensive end as she drew the assignment of drawing Goodhue’s leading scorer Sydney Lodermeier and held her to four points.
With Lodermeier neutralized the KoMets were able to attack from other areas too as Maddie Worden scored 10 points while Peyton Suess and Bailey Berge each scored eight.
K-M would stretch its lead to as many as 20 points in the second half and despite a Goodhue run they couldn’t catch up and the KoMets picked up a 67-56 victory.
“Winning the championship over a top ranked team like Goodhue is a great momentum builder heading into the playoffs,” Haraldson stated. “The first game was close, so being able to control the game like we did on both ends of the floor shows great focus and attention to detail.”
Although the KoMets had an appearance in the HVL championship wrapped up entering the week, they were very business like in home games against Triton and Kenyon-Wanamingo prior to their showdown with Goodhue.