Athletics overpower Wolverines

Published 11:11 pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

Glenville-Emmons senior Meagan Nelsen scans the floor Thursday for a teammate to pass the ball to. Lyle/Pacelli freshman Sarah Holtz defends the pass. -- Heather Rule/Albert Lea Tribune

GLENVILLE — The game started out well Thursday night for the Glenville-Emmons girls’ basketball team. They got a few shots off early — they just didn’t fall for points.

Glenville-Emmons sophomore guard Madi Ziebell dribbles Thursday away from Lyle/Pacelli defenders. Ziebell made two free throws in the first half. -- Heather Rule/Albert Lea Tribune

Those missed chances turned out to be costly as the visiting Lyle/Pacelli Athletics squad came away with a 67-17 victory against the Wolverines.

“Oh, I knew it was going to be tough,” said Glenville-Emmons head coach Lisa Ziebell.

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She said she was worried about the press, but thought her team did a good job against it. She added that they also moved the ball well at times. Basically, the kids played hard, she said, in a game against a tough Athletics team that only has one loss on the season.

“That’s all I can ask,” Ziebell said. “Go out there and play hard.”

Glenville-Emmons senior forward Meagan Nelsen leans in Thursday to try and grab the ball on the floor from a Lyle/Pacelli player in the second half. Lyle/Pacelli went on to win the game 67-17. -- Heather Rule/Albert Lea Tribune

Even with the strong start, Ziebell was disappointed in the overall defense of her team. Lyle/Pacelli was better in the paint, while the Wolverines were too loose, she said. Taking care of the ball was also a struggle for the home team. The Wolverines would try to get set, only to have passes tipped or taken away by the dialed-in defense of the Athletics.

When the Wolverines did get some chances, the shots just didn’t fall for them. Senior guard Karrin Olson had a bucket in the first half, but it was just one of many tries that weren’t dropping in for her throughout the night.

“She had a lot of good looks tonight because she moved,” Ziebell said.

Wolverines junior guard Jaclyn Weitzel got them on the board in the first half with a basket more than six minutes into the game, when Lyle/Pacelli had already built a 17-0 lead. Weitzel added two more in the half for a total of six points on the night.

The Wolverines were down 42-10 at halftime and had trouble getting going again after the break. The Athletics opponent went on an 8-0 run right away and made the most of rebounds and second chances.