Prep roundup: Cochrane-Fountain City loses to Chatfield in Holiday Basketball Classic
You can’t teach size and length. Unfortunately for the Cochrane-Fountain City boys basketball team, Chatfield had that plus a hot shooting touch from the outside. The lethal combination was too much for the Pirates to handle, as Chatfield rolled past C-FC 88-48 on the final day of the Holiday Basketball Classic on Saturday.
Four Gophers starters were listed as six feet or taller — anchored by 6-foot-8 center Josef Fahrenholtz, 6-foot-4 wing David Castleberg, and 6-foot-1 Reid Johnson.
“We struggle with physicality,” Pirates coach Jesse Cyrus said. “When they have the size advantage we struggle with that. We are working on it and we will keep working on it. We just have to take it a step at a time.”
The Gophers jumped out to a 12-1 lead and never looked back. They shot 16-for-26 from the field in the first half including 6 of 13 from beyond the arc to take a 48-13 lead into the half. Meanwhile the Pirates struggled, shooting just 6-for-26 from the field and 3-for-9 from the charity stripe.
“It’s tough when you have a team playing like that,” Cyrus said. “They were really aggressive defensively. They were aggressive on our guards. We have to recognize when they have three guys in the post someone should be open. We have to find that.”
Johnson was mismatch from the opening tip. His length and shooting ability made him a tough cover. He finished with a game-high on 11 of 15 shooting while knocking down four triples. Tony Thorsell led the Pirates with 12 points while Jacob Bjorge added 11.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Pirates, as they are now just trying to move forward and focus on the positives.
“It tests your mental ability,” Cyrus said. “You have to find something you did well and focus on that. Always find something posititve. The guys are just battling through it. We are obviously in a slump right now. We just have to keep working and improve. Work and improve.”
Lewiston-Altura 48, Chatfield 42
Myia Ruzek scored 19 points in the Cardinals’ final appearance in the Holiday Basketball Classic. Christa Sauer also had 12 points.
Chatfield’s leading scorer was Alanna Goetzinger with 11.
Red Wing 62, Kasson-Mantorville 46
The Wingers led from start to finish to cap off a perfect appearance at the Holiday Basketball Classic. Kyli Nelson finished with a game-high 15 points while her eighth grade sister Sydnee Nelson added nine.
Avery Irish led the KoMets with 11 points while sophomore Olivia Matuska chipped in nine.
Friday, Dec. 28 BOYS BASKETBALL West Salem 70, Melrose-Mindoro 69
WEST SALEM — West Salem’s Malachi Athnos tallied 26 points on the strength of five 3-pointers. Trenton Foreman was a force for West Salem as well, scoring 23 points — 14 in the first half — to help stave off the Mustangs at the West Salem Tournament on Friday.
Only four Melrose-Mindoro players scored, but they all finished with 16 or more. Jimmy Polenz and Connor Christopherson had 18 apiece, Patrick Corcoran had 17, including five 3s, and Payton Corcoran 16.
Randolph 64, Rushford-Peterson 46
RUSHFORD — The Randolph High School boys basketball team held Rushford-Peterson to 20 first-half points, and the Trojans lost 64-46 on Friday.
Landon Skalet led the Trojans with 11 points while Luke O’Hare had 10. The Trojans were 18-for-42 from the floor.
G-E-T 63, Elk Mound 58
ELK MOUND, Wis. — Alex Pearson’s 15-point effort led four Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau players in double figures as the Red Hawks edged the Mounders. Sawyer Schmidt and Grant Beirne added 14 points apiece for G-E-T, while Jake Jumbeck finished with 10.