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Tiger girls fall to Eagles with buzzer shot

Despite a career high 21-point night from junior forward Mary Rentz, the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team was knocked out of first place in the West Central Conference South with a 44-43 loss to Lac qui Parle Valley Friday night on the road.

Making her first varsity start for the Eagles, sophomore Kacey Struxness hit a shot at the buzzer to win the game.

"Rentz had just put the Tigers ahead 43-42 by hitting two free throws with nine seconds remaining," said coach Ken Gagner.

Rentz was 8-9 from the line for the evening.

"We certainly had our chances tonight and just missed opportunities to put this game away," said Gagner. "It stings, but we have been on the other side in several of these games this season and I guess it was our turn to feel the pain."

Tiger starters Megan Dierks and Stef Strobel both missed the game due to illness.

Also scoring for the Tigers were Nicole Gillespie with seven, Heather Gagner and Alissa Melberg with four apiece, Kelsey Amundson with three, and Jenna Nelson and Kelly Ritter with two each.

Melberg led the Tigers with seven rebounds.

Gillespie recorded a team-high five blocks.

Gagner and Nelson each dished out four assists.