Tiger girls down Knights in OT
The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team improved its record to 14-2 with two non-conference games including a road win Friday night at Herman and a home victory Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind 8-3 early in the game, the Tigers were able to hit a few shots and take a lead they would not relinquish against the Warriors Friday.
"This was a very scrappy and hard working WHN squad under first-year coach Chad Klindworth," said coach Ken Gagner. "We had a difficult time containing Boom and really could not get a comfortable lead against the Warriors. They are well coached and in good condition.
"We did not shoot well from the line - only 50 percent - which did not help matters either," added Gagner.
Overall the Tigers were shooting at 37 percent from the floor.
"I was again pleased with our balance in scoring and we really had a nice spark from forward Kelly Ritter who pumped in all eight of her points in the first half."
Heather Gagner, Nicole Gillespie, and Megan Dierks were in double figures in the scoring column.
Gagner led with 15 points and dished out five assists.
Gillespie added 14 points and had a team-high seven rebounds.
Dierks chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.
Also scoring were Ritter with eight, Alissa Melberg with five, Mary Rentz with four, Jenna Nelson with two, and Stefanie Strobel with one.
Strobel led the Tigers with six assists and Nelson dished out five.
Gagner and Strobel each recorded three steals.
Saturday's action-packed game between the 13-2 Tigers and 13-1 Knights ended in overtime with the Tigers on top 74-66.
Both teams donned pink shoelaces in support of a Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser at Morris.
The Tigers took an early 11-point lead, only to see the Knights tie the score at halftime 32-32.
The Knights scored the first four points of the second half, in which neither team would lead by more than five.
The game had 49 fouls called and 66 free throws shot, as one Tiger and two Knights eventually fouled out.
"You hate to see someone lose a game like this and today just happened to be our day," said Gagner. "Coach Pat Anderson had his team well prepared and easily could have had this win."
West Central Area owned a two-point lead with just over five seconds remaining when Megan Dierks dribbled the entire length of the court and lofted a 14-foot shot over two defenders from the right corner that hit nothing but net as the horn sounded.
Dierks would also score the first two points of overtime as each team would get three field goals in the extra period. However, the Tigers also netted eight free throws to create the final margin of victory.
"You obviously have a lot of big plays in a game like this and in addition to Dierks's basket at the end of regulation, we had several."
Gillespie finished with her first career double/double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Gagner went 8-of-8 from the line, four of which were in overtime. Nelson scored seven of her 11 points late.
"Kelsey Amundson was an absolute sparkplug off the bench with two huge baskets and key rebounds," added Gagner. "It was also great to have our balance again with five players hitting double figures."
Others in double digits were Dierks with 15, Gagner with 13, and Rentz with 10.
Also scoring were Amundson with four, Ritter with two, and Strobel with one.
Dierks grabbed seven boards, while Nelson and Strobel had six apiece.
Nelson and Strobel also recorded six assists each.
The Tigers were shooting at 35 percent from the field and were hitting 70 percent of their free throws.
Earlier in the afternoon the Tiger B and C squads won as well.