PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Second half run lifts Lancers in win over MCC

Photo by Brennen Rupp Canby’s Norah King goes up for a block attempt during their game against Murray County Central on Tuesday. The Lancers defeated the Rebels 49-43 in their season opener.

SLAYTON – A 7-0 Canby Lancer run in the final minutes minutes of their game against the Murray County Central Rebels helped the Lancers squeak by the Rebels, 49-43. When it was closing time the Lancers showed more composure than they did in the game’s first 35 minutes.

“We were a lot more calm and more disciplined,” Canby coach Jeff Thovson said. “That really helped us. We did a good job of just calming down and running the offense. That really helped us.”

While the Lancers showed poise in the final three minutes, the Rebels had a pair of costly turnovers. Those two turnovers proved to be a turning point in the game.

“It came down to two possessions,” MCC coach Patrick Freeman said. “We had two turnovers and they had two layups. When you have that in a 30 second time frame it’s hard to get back in the game. The girls played hard, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

MCC scored the first points of the game off a Montana Beckmann 3-pointer. Alyssa Beckius scored Canby’s first six points of the game as neither team was able to create much breathing room in the early stages of the first half.

With the Lancers holding a 16-12 lead the Rebels went on an 11-2 run to open up a 23-18 lead. At the half the Rebels led the Lancers 26-22.

The Lancers opened up the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 32-28 lead with 11:12 left in the game.

The two teams traded baskets with Canby leading 42-41 with 3:06 left in the game. A pair of Beckmann free throws put the Rebels up 43-42. Following the Beckmann free throws the Lancers went on a 7-0 run to close out the game.

Despite the loss Freeman was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I think our effort and energy have been really good,” Freeman said. “We try to push the tempo a little bit. We are still a little out of control. I hope as the year goes on we get better at the fundamentals. Overall I’m really happy with the effort and energy.”

Canby’s Norah King was a force in the paint. The senior post player finished with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

“She was fantastic,” Thovson said. “She does a good job of getting position down on the block. She’s a really good rebounder. It’s nice that her teammates help in that.”

Beckius finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds. Marissa Hansen scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds.

Beckmann and Riley Schmitz both scored 13 points to lead the way for the Rebels. Alyssa Groves scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench.

“Alyssa is a girl that’s really working hard for us,” Freeman said. “She does a lot of nice things for us defensively. Offensively she creates mismatches.”

The Lancers will look to improve to 2-0 on Thursday when they take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

“We want to make sure to come and be a little more calm,” Thovson said. “I think we had first game jitters. It’s nice to get that first game under our belt. We need to take care of the ball a little better. We just need to get better and trust the process.”

The Rebels will be back in action on Thursday when they hit the road to take on the Lakeview Lakers.

“We need to get a little more rhythm on offense,” Freeman said. “We need to force more perimeter shots on defense.”