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Tiger girls hold off YME for 14th win

Mary Rentz kept Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta ahead down the stretch as the Tigers held off Yellow Medicine East 58-56 Thursday in a West Central South Conference girls' basketball game.

The Tigers improved to 10-3 in the conference. They are 14-5 overall. The Sting fall to 6-7 and 9-8.

After the Tigers missed the front end of a one-and-one, Sting forward Aimee Johnson grabbed a rebound with six seconds left and dribbled the length of the court, putting up a shot just before the horn. The ball rolled around and off the rim as time expired.

"We had to fight all night long to stay in this game," said coach Ken Gagner. "We fell behind by as many as nine in the second half before some lights-out shooting pulled us into the lead with under four minutes to go."

Shadow Olson, Jenna Nelson, Erin Schieler, and Rentz shot a combined 21-26 from the field for the game.

"We needed every one of those baskets," commented Gagner. "YME has two 10th grade posts that each stand six feet and each scored 16 points. We just didn't have an answer for either one of them.

The Tigers gave up only one offensive board in the second half, compared to eight in the first half.

"I thought our bench players, Olson and Hannah Sayles, were just real solid tonight," added Gagner. "They did all the little things and made great use of their minutes."

Nelson led the Tigers with nine of her 11 points in the first half while Rentz hit 14 of her game-high 16 in the second half. Erin Schieler put up 12 points.

The Tigers completed a three-game sweep with all three teams winning in Granite Falls.

Emily Baker and Angie Scheffler netted 16 points each and Johnson pumped in 12 more to pace the Sting