Before the 1991-1992 season started, the Southeast Conference was born. Eleven different schools have won or shared out-right or East/West division titles in girls basketball since. Caledonia, M-C, SG, R-P, and Lanesboro have all done so multiple times. Geographically between them all has been Houston. A Hurricane girls team has never been SEC champion. Until now. Logging almost 600 miles worth of travelling, minus starting center Jenny Albrecht in two contests, Dale Moga’s group went 3-0 on the week. Houston won at Hope Lutheran in non-conference play, 64-32. Alyssa Rostad (17 pts, 4-5 FTs, 9 rebs), Jessica Kitching (10 pts, 8 rebs, 7 assists, 5 stls), and Amber Chapel (14 pts) led the way. Becca Rostad and Emma Geiwitz each added eight. The ‘Canes then clinched a share of their first SEC-East title by winning at G-E 65-22. Houston hit 9 of 18 threes. A-Rostad notched her tenth 20-point game (21 pts, 5-8 threes, 10 rebs). Chapel (12 pts, 5 stls), Geiwitz (11 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists, 4 stls), and B-Rostad (10 pts) helped. Kitching added 4 (pts), 6 (rebs), and 7 (assists). Finally, team double-H got a hard win at Cleveland, 70-67. Free throw line work (H 18-22, C 13-26) was key. Rostad notched her second 30-point game (31 pts, 6-13 threes, 9-11 FTs, 10 rebs). Sister Becca (14 pts) also hit double digits. Kitching (8 pts, 12 rebs, 6 assists) and Chapel (9 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists) also did work. With three SEC games left, Houston (8-2, 18-3) leads East foes M-C (4-5, 6-14), Schaeffer Academy (4-6, 12-9), and SG (4-6, 8-11). The ‘Canes would have to lose their last three SEC games, M-C win their last four, for there to be a shared title. It’s an incredible turn-around for a Houston program that had 12 years of 15 or more losses. They had 19 wins the past two years combined.
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