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Tigers seeded fourth for playoffs

Lauren Reimers goes up for a shot against New London-Spicer on Thursday night in Morris.

The Morris Area / Chokio - Alberta Tiger girls basketball team lost to two top teams this week. On Monday night, the Tigers were on the road against leader of the West Central Conference, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters. After that tough loss, the Tigers hosted No. 1 seed in the Section 6AA-South, the New London-Spicer Wildcats. Add those two losses and the Tigers ended their regular season 16-9 overall and prepare for a playoff run that starts next Thursday, March 6.

Sauk Centre 69, Morris/C-A 46

On Monday, Feb. 24, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters hosted MACA in a conference section matchup. In a previous meeting, the Mainstreeters withheld the Tiger force in Tiger territory 64-49. With almost a repeat score, the Tigers fell to Sauk Centre in Mainstreeter atmosphere last Monday night 69-46.

With that win, Sauk Centre finished the season first in the West Central Conference with a 13-1 conference record and 18-5 overall record. The Tigers (12-3 conf., 16-9 overall) sit at third behind second place Montevideo (142 conf., 17-5 overall).

NL-Spicer 73, Morris/C-A 54

The Tigers hosted a rescheduled section matchup against the New London-Spicer Wildcats on Thursday, Feb. 27. The Wildcats had an overall record of 18-5 going into the game and are sitting at No. 1 in Section 6AA-South, so the Tigers knew they needed to step up their game to stay in the contest, who were 16-8 overall going into the game.

The Wildcats rolled out to a comfortable halftime lead (39-24) and cruised to a win over former West Central Conference foe Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Thursday, Feb. 27. The final score was 73-54.

NL-S controlled the game from the tipoff, going on a 10-2 run in the first two minutes of the game, building up a big lead early and keeping it throughout the half. Once the Wildcats extended their lead beyond 10 at the nine minute mark, the Tigers started forcing shots and passes, offensively, which resulted in missed baskets or turnovers. Though the Tigers had 50 rebounds in the entire game, their second and third chance buckets didn’t go in either. The Tigers ended the game shooting just 26 percent from the field and 1-13 from three point land–A rough night for the Tiger team said coaches.

Taylor Thunstedt scored 29 points and made seven steals in the Wildcats’ 73-54 win over the Tigers.

Megan Thorson scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds and Reiley Ness hit three three point shots and finished with nine points.

Ashlyn Geister scored six points and had a team-high nine rebounds.

The Tigers’ Becca Holland scored 10 points and also pulled down six rebounds and Kayla Pring finished with six points and a team-high nine boards.

A positive for the Tiger’s B-squad, they pulled out a victory over the Wildcats. It was a close game with many ties and lead changes, but the Tigers put together a run to pull away with a few minutes left in the game to take the win over NL-S.

MA/C-A was seeded fourth in Section 6AA-South and will host No. 5 seed Minnewaska on Thursday, March 6. Since MA/C-A dropped to No. 4, the Tigers are in the same half of the bracket as No. 1 seeded NL-Spicer, so the winner of MA/C-A versus Minnewaska will most likely play the Wildcats on Saturday, March 8 at St. John's University unless No. 8 Benson pulls a huge upset in the first round. On In the top bracket, Litchfield took No. 3 seed, hosting No. 6 Paynesville for the first round and No. 2 EV-Watkins hosts No. 7 St. John's Prep.

NL-Spicer 73, Morris/C-A 54

NL-Spicer (6-0, 19-5) 39 34 — 73

Morris/CA (7-5, 16-9) 24 30 — 54

NEW LONDON-SPICER – 24 FG (9 3-pt); 16-24 FT; 38 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: Taylor Thunstedt 29, Megan Thorson 14, Reiley Ness 9, Ashlyn Geister 6, MacKenzie Peterson 3, Erin Tebben 3, Kabrie Weber 3, Alyssa Fredrick 2, Petra Lothert 2, Lauren Bratberg 1, Morgan Swenson 1; 3-point shots: Thunstedt 5, Ness 3, Peterson 1; Rebound leaders: Geister 9, Thorson 5; Assist leaders: Thunstedt 4, Geister 3; Steal leaders: Thunstedt 7

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 20-76 FG (1-13 3-pt); 13-25 FT; 50 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Becca Holland 10, Kayla Pring 6, Kaitlin Vogel 6, Beth Holland 6, Lacee Maanum 5, Piper Gibson 4, Lauren Reimers 4, Abbie Olson 4, Rebekah Aanerud 3, Correy Hickman 2, Nicole Strobel 2, Moira McNally 2; 3-point shots: Aanerud 1; Rebound leaders: Pring 9, Vogel 7, Becca Holland 6, Strobel 6, Maanum 6; Assist leaders: Beth Holland 2, Becca Holland 2; Steal leaders: Hickman 2

Brooke Kern

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