Cougars race past Tigers 105-79

Published 10:53 pm Friday, February 18, 2011

Albert Lea's Alyssa Sager looks to shoot Friday during the second half againt Mankato East.

Kelsey Mosher scored 28 points and pulled down 25 rebounds Friday as the Mankato East Cougars girls’ basketball team defeated the Albert Lea Tigers 105-79 in Albert Lea.

The Cougars’ Mosher ended up shooting 12-of-19 from the field and of her 25 rebounds, 11 of them were offensive rebounds.

The entire Mankato East team was active on the boards. The Cougars pulled down 71 rebounds as a team, while Albert Lea collected 54.

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With 71 rebounds, it gave the Cougars plenty of second-chance points that resulted in free throws. Mankato East ended the game shooting 27-of-48 from the free throw line.

The Cougars ran away with the game after the break, going on a 20-4 run midway through the second half to make the lead 97-69.

The Cougars hit the 100-point mark with three minutes and 56 seconds left as Mankato East’s Marta Anderson hit a two-point jumper and pushed the Cougars out to a 100-72 lead.

“It had to be somewhat exciting to watch I hope,” Tigers coach Sean Gillam said. “We really try to put a good product out there from time to time. I cannot stress enough that the effort by the girls was so good in so many different areas. The one thing we really needed to tighten up to win this game was rebounding. Rebounding killed us.”

In the first half, the Cougars shot 47.6 percent from the field and went 13-of-25 from the free throw line to take a 56-41 lead going into the break.

Along with Mosher, Claire Kiegler scored 20 points on the night for Mankato East.

Abby Connell and Minisha Childress-Frederick both scored 17 points for the Cougars.

Childress-Frederick also dished out a game-high nine assists.

Despite the lopsided score, Gillam said the team’s defensive effort and offensive execution were good.

“If you looked at our defense effort and offensive execution it was better — much better. It was just the rebounding thing that we needed to tighten up to make it a closer game.”

Alyssa Sager led the Tigers with 24 points while Skyler Anderson scored 13 points.

Dominique Villareal led Albert Lea with nine rebounds, while Sager pulled down eight boards.

Albert Lea plays again at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday as they play Rochester Mayo at Rochester.