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Tiger girls pick up 2 wins

Mary Rentz is fouled by a Thunder Hawk on her way to the basket Friday night at the Morris Area High School gym. Photo by Nancy Woodke, Sun Tribune.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team scored 53 points in a pair of wins to stay undefeated in the West Central Conference South. Friday, in a rescheduled game at the Morris Area High School gym, the Tigers defeated Montevideo 53-49 and Saturday in Benson Saturday the girls downed the Braves 53-42. The two victories gives the Tigers a 6-0 conference record, while they are 10-1 overall.

Morris/C-A 53

Montevideo 49

The Tigers took the lead over the Thunder Hawks in the first half, going into the break with a 28-21 lead on Friday night.

"It wasn't a real pretty game for us offensively, but we were able to do enough on the defensive side to put this in the win column," said coach Ken Gagner.

The Tigers had a tale of two halves from the free-throw line as they hit 10 of 12 in the first half and fell to a dismal 8 of 20 in the second half.

"That kept it close and then Montevideo started hitting some threes, four of their five in the second half," said Gagner. "It got a little tight at the end, as with nine seconds left - and a lead of only three - Heather Gagner knocked down one of two free throws to seal the win."

The Tigers were shooting 43.59 percent from the field and were 18-of-32 at the free-throw line.

Megan Dierks led the Tigers with 15 points. Stefanie Strobel added nine.

Also scoring were Nicole Gillespie with eight, Jenna Nelson and Mary Rentz with six apiece, Gagner with five, Alissa Melberg with two, and Kelsey Amundson and Kelly Ritter with one free-throw each.

Dierks also led in the rebound column with eight.

Rentz dished out four assists.

Morris/C-A 53

Benson 42

Saturday night in Benson, the Tigers and Braves fought a conference battle after both teams had played the night before. The Tigers came off a win over conference foe Montevideo, while Benson handled BOLD 61-49.

"Our kids really came ready to play," said Gagner. "We had a very solid first half and we did a good job of keeping (Abby) Fragodt in check with three first-half points."

Benson cut the 11-point halftime advantage to three points before the Tigers extended the lead.

"I liked the fact we had six girls score our 24 second-half points and no one had more than six in that half," said Gagner. "It shows the balance this team has."

Dierks had her first double double of the season with team highs in points (13) and rebounds (10). Gillespie was also in double digits in the scoring column with 10. Also scoring were Rentz with nine, Strobel with seven, Gagner with six, Melberg with four, and Nelson and Amundson with two each.

Gillespie also grabbed seven rebounds, while Nelson dished out seven assists.