The Mankato West girls basketball team fought their way to a slim victory over Mankato East 61-58 on Thursday evening. The Cougars' scrappy defense kept them in the game in a tightly played first half. In the start of the second half, Lexi Karge scored her 1,000th point for the Cougars and the game was stopped so she could be given a commemorative ball by her older sisters. The Scarlets kept up their offensive pressure later in the second half and slowly separated themselves from the Cougars in the Big 9 conference game.