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Tigers tied for second in WCC

Lacee Maanum fights for the ball against Montevideo on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Maanum ended the night with a double-double on 12 points and 12 rebounds in the 52-48 win over Montevideo Tuesday night.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers move into a tie in the West Central Conference after adding two conference wins this past week.

The Tigers made a late run to beat Minnewaska 73-64 on Thursday, Feb. 6 for their ninth conference win of the season, and avenged an early season loss to Montevideo on Tuesday night. Those wins moved the 10-2 Tigers into a conference tie for second place with Montevideo. Sauk Centre still holds first in the conference with a 11-1 record.

Morris/C-A 73, Minnewaska 64

The Lakers were in a 16-point hole at half (38-22) to the visiting Tigers, but Minnewaska surged late in the second half to knot the score 59-all with 2:30 left. But in the closing action, some of it at the free throw line, the Tigers pulled away, again, to win 73-64.

The teams combined for 61 fouls: The Tigers were 30 of 48 at the line and Waska 21-39.

Sisters Beth and Becca Holland combined for 40 points and 18 made free throws. Lauren Reimers added 14 points.

The Lakers’ Carley Stewart sank 18 points, Bayley Pooler 17, Madi Phillips 12 and Ariel Ostrander 11 for the Lakers, who made 20 of 40 shots from the floor.

Correy Hickman led the B-squad to a 46-37 victory over Waska, improving to 18-1 on the year. Hickman was close to a triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds, and eight steals for the Tigers.

Morris/C-A 52, Montevideo 48

In a matchup of two West Central Conference contenders, Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta edged Montevideo in a tight game 52-48 on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Tied late in the second half, the Tigers took the lead for good on free throws.

Beth Holland paced the Tigers with 13 points, and Lacee Maanum double-doubled on 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Becca Holland added six points, five assists and seven steals.

Montevideo’s Morgan Reidinger scored 16 points and Ashley Hoehne 12.

Montevideo fell to 10-2, 14-6, and into a second place tie with the Tigers in the conference.

Both teams trail No. 4 ranked Sauk Centre, which was 11-1, 14-4 after Tuesday night’s game.

The Tigers host their next four games before traveling to Sauk Centre for their last regular season game on Feb. 25.

The Dutchmen from Melrose hope to avenge an early season loss to the Tigers in Morris on Friday, Feb. 14. Right back in the action on Saturday, Feb. 15, the Tigers host a prep basketball doubleheader against Breckenridge with the girls tipping off at 6:00 and boys to follow.

This upcoming week, the girls host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Section 6AA South subsection leader, the Wildcats from New London-Spicer, on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Morris/C-A 73, Minnewaska 64

Morris/C-A 38 35 — 73

Minnewaska 22 42 — 64

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 20-53 FG (3-11 3-pt); 30-48 FT; 26 rebounds; 30 fouls; Scoring: Correy Hickman 2, Piper Gibson 1, Lauren Reimers 14, Beth Holland 23, Becca Holland 17, Nicole Strobel 4, Lacee Maanum 5, Abbie Olson 1, Kayla Pring 2, Kaitlin Vogel 4; 3-point shots: Reimers, Becca Holland 2

MINNEWASKA – 20-40 FG (3-8 3-pt); 21-39 FT; 29 rebounds; 31 fouls; Scoring: Bayley Pooler 17, Emma Middendorf 1, Madi Phillips 12, Ariel Ostrander 11, Carley Strewart 18, Ashlyn Guggisberg 2, Taylor Amundson 3; 3-point shots: Pooler, Phillips, Amundson; Rebound leaders: Ostrander 12, Guggisberg 5, Stewart 5; Assist leaders: Pooler 4, Stewart 3; Steal leaders: Phillips 6, Pooler 2, Guggisberg 2

Morris/C-A 52, Montevideo 48

Morris/C-A 28 24 — 52

Montevideo 24 24 — 48

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 18-64 FG (2-6 3-pt); 14-23 FT; 31 rebounds; 20 fouls; Scoring: Beth Holland 13, Lacee Maanum 12, Lauren Reimers 10, Abbie Olson 8, Becca Holland 6, Kaitlin Vogel 2, Moira McNally 1; 3-point shots: Reimers 1, Beth Holland 1; Rebound leaders: Maanum 12, Olson 5; Assist leaders: Becca Holland 5, Beth Holland 3; Steal leaders: Becca Holland 7, Beth Holland 3

MONTEVIDEO – 16 FG (2 3-pt); 14-21 FT; rebounds n/a; 18 fouls; Scoring: Morgan Reidinger 16, Ashley Hoehne 12, Tori Kuhlmann 6, Jesse Janisch 4, Chelsey Hass 3, Nicole Erickson 3, Lexi Quigley 3, Erin Balken 1; 3-point shots: Kuhlmann 2; Rebound leaders: n/a; Assist leaders: n/a; Steal leaders: n/a

Brooke Kern

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