The Mabel-Canton Cougars and Rushford-Peterson Trojans really got the offense going in the second half, and the Cougars were able to hold off a late push from the Trojans to get a 56-53 win in a unique Wednesday night showdown.

Defense reigned supreme in the first half, as neither team could get the offense going. The Trojans looked to take a commanding 19-12 lead into the break, but Maddison Michels was able to hit a three at the buzzer to close the gap to 19-15 at the break to give the Cougars some momentum going into the break.

In the second half, a jolt of energy shot through the offenses, as shots really started to fall. Michels continued to drive the offense for the Cougars, finishing with a game-high 20 points, while Payton Danielson finished with 15. Abbey Hoegh was the force offensively for the Trojans, finishing with 19. Megan Oian was impressive as well, finishing with 13 points.

The Cougars took an early lead in the second half at 22-21, but Rushford-Peterson was not going down without a fight, as they retook the lead and extended it to 38-32. From there, the Cougars started to turn up the pressure defensively.

Mabel-Canton then went on a 14-1 run to build their lead up to 46-39. The Trojans worked their way back into the game, but Mabel-Canton was able to hit free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Mabel-Canton) - Maddison Michels

KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Rushford-Peterson) - Megan Oian

Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball (Mabel-Canton) - Lauren Wyffels