KoMets win close one over Raiders, then use second half surge to rout Falcons
Northfield may have moved up to class AAAA, but on Tuesday, Nov. 26, it was the class AAA Kasson-Mantorville KoMets who were the better team as they defeated the Raiders 64-61.
Head Coach Ryan Haraldson said K-M had a slow start, but had a nice run before half to took a 26-24 lead into halftime.
In the second half, he said K-M turned up their pressure and started hitting some shots and took a 59-38 lead with seven minutes left in the second half.
Northfield had one more run in them, but K-M was able to hold on for the three-point win.
He explained that KoMets are clicking on offense because they’re doing a good job shooting and rebounding.
“We are shooting the ball well, rebounding and love the bench energy which has been a huge boost so far,” he said.
However, Haraldson mentioned that the KoMets need to cut down on turnovers (they had 25), foul less and improve shot selection to stay competitive moving forward.
K-M shot 20/45 from the field for 44% while Northfield was 19/45 for 42%. The KoMets shot 37% from the three-point line, while the Raiders shot 35%.
K-M was led by Avery Irish who scored 14 points, including four three-pointers. Ashlyn Bigelow also hit four threes for 12 points. Aby Shubert had 12 points and Mya Suess added 11.
Haraldson said Ellie Bigelow was a spark off the bench chipping in 9 points (7-7 from the free throw line) and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.
Bigelow’s rebounds helped the KoMets win the rebounding battle 41-27.
K-M was led in assists by Shubert who dished out four.
On the defensive end, Suess blocked six shots and Olivia Matuska recorded five steals.
Kasson-Mantorville’s strong defense continued on Monday, Dec. 2, when they beat Faribault 67-34.
The KoMets raced out to a 17-8 lead in the first half, but the Falcons stormed back and took a 20-19 lead
The rest of the first half went back and forth and K-M took a 32-29 lead into halftime.
Haraldson said K-M turned up their pressure in the second half and went on a 35-5 run to win 67-34.
“We were very pleased with our team defense and clock management in the second half,” he said.
Two other reasons the KoMets were so successful in the second half was they shot quite a bit better than the Falcons from the three-point line and from the field.
K-M was 9/22 from the three-point line for 41% while Faribault was 2/12 for 17%. Meanwhile, K-M was 22/56 for 39% from the field and Faribault was 9/35 for 26%.
Haraldson said the KoMets did a great job of taking care of the basketball, committing only 13 turnovers.
With two minutes left in the second half, K-M led by 35 points so the mercy rule was in effect so the clock ran without stopping.
The KoMets were led by Avery Irish who had 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The KoMets had seven other scorers contribute in the points column: Shimek 9, Shubert 7, Ellie Bigelow 6, Mathias 6, Matuska 6, Kress 5 and Tozier 4.
Shimek led K-M with four assists while Bigelow added three.
Irish led the KoMets with 10 rebounds, followed by Mathias with seven, and Bigelow and Tozier each grabbed six.
K-M played without 2 starters: Mya Suess (illness) and Ashlyn Bigelow (injury) with no timetable to return.
Faribault is a Section 1AAA opponent and the KoMets will play them again in Faribault on Jan. 6.
K-M is now 2-1 on the season, 1-1 in section 1AAA.
Kasson-Mantorville hosts Triton at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.