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Tiger girls have best win percentage ever in 08-09

Four Tigers were recognized by the West Central Conference South. Named all-conference were (front row, left to right) Megan Dierks, Mary Rentz, (back row) Heather Gagner (Honorable Mention), and Stef Strobel.

The Morris Area/ Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team recently wrapped up its 15th season since pairing and recorded the program's best winning percentage ever.

The Tigers' final overall record of 20-5 tied the team's record for the second most victories in any single season and the winning percentage of 80 is a new team record for girls' basketball.

The Tigers' highest total wins was 22 during the 1998-99 season under coach Jim Greenwaldt, when they also finished third in the state.

The Tigers' other 20-win seasons occurred in 2000-01 and 1997-98, both with 20-7 finishes.

"Twenty wins is an immense accomplishment," said coach Ken Gagner.

The regular season ended for the Tigers with a 13-3 West Central Conference South record.

The Tigers went into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed, but their season ended with a loss in the semi-final game of the Section 6AA tournament.

"This was a great group of girls and fans were treated to some exciting games this season," said Gagner. "It certainly didn't end the way we wanted, but it doesn't diminish what these young ladies accomplished and the late game heroics in the YME, WCA, A-C-GC, and Minnewaska games will be remembered for years to come.

"It was a joy and an honor to coach this team," said Gagner.

Several Tigers made the record books with their career accomplishments.

Megan Dierks finishes her career ranked sixth in points scored with 579. She is eighth in total rebounds with 261.

Dierks set two single-season records with a three-point percentage of 45.8 and a 78.4 percent free-throw average.

Heather Gagner is ranked 10th in career points with 503. She is fifth in total steals with 157 and fifth in total assists with 196. Gagner finishes fourth in the three-point field goals list with 53.

Stef Strobel is tied for 10th in three-pointers with 23.

Junior Jenna Nelson tied the single-game assist record set by Ashley Dohlen in 05-06 with nine against BOLD and made the single-season top-10 list, ranked fourth with 112 assists. She is 10th with 20 single-season three-point baskets and is currently ranked ninth in career three-pointers with 24.

The Osakis game was the last for six Tiger seniors: Stef Strobel, Kelsey Amundson, Megan Dierks, Kelly Ritter, Heather Gagner, and Alissa Melberg.

Gagner thanked each of the seniors for their leadership, dedication, and joy for the game at the Winter Sports Awards.