12/6/2012 8:37:00 PM Young Bombers drop their first four games
by Mike Dalton
The young Cannon Falls High School girls basketball team is off to a difficult start, with three games in four nights to begin the season, and then two more games to start the next week.
Cannon opened the season with a 71-28 loss to the Hastings Raiders. Maggie Rutter had a team-high six points, and Erica Berg and Leah Meyers added five each. Courtney Woodcock had seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Bombers then had to go to Rochester Lourdes on Thursday, Nov. 29, where they lost 59-21.
Woodcock led with six points, and Callie Loeschke added four. Woodcock also had seven rebounds and two steals, and Loeschke grabbed eight boards.
The home opener pitted the Bombers against Ellsworth, WI, with the visiting squad winning 33-26.
Woodcock had a strong night, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Loeschke and Rutter each had four rebounds, and Woodcock had five steals.
CFHS had its best offensive showing of the season Monday, in a 59-45 loss to Medford. Woodcock had 12 points, Grace Rutter eight, and Loeschke and Katie Noble six each. Woodcock was a monster on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds to go with two steals and four assists.
"The girls had a difficult start to the season," coach Eric Mace said. "WIth a young squad it would have been nice for a few more practices, but I've seen improvement in every game so far. The girls are starting to understand the speed of the game.
"Hastings and Lourdes both shot extremely well. Against Ellsworth, we left some points out there, and probably should have won. The game Monday was exciting, and we out-scored in the 2nd half despite Medford still having their starters on the floor. That's a testament to the growth of the girls during the game."
Cannon is host to Kasson-Mantorville Tuesday, then are off for a week until going to Stewartville on Tuesday, Dec. 11.