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Tiger girls improve to 6-2

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 72-58 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Tuesday.

The Tigers scored a season-high 72 points with a fast-paced, evenly matched first half.

"We haven't scored 42 points in a half this season and we were only ahead by four (at halftime)," said coach Ken Gagner. "Long Prairie just matched every run we put together and thank goodness our team came out on fire."

Senior guard Jenna Nelson led the charge with a trio of three pointers in the half and fellow senior, post Nicole Gillespie, scored 15 of her game-high 19 in the same half.

On the Thunder's side, forward Bethany Pelzer scored all of her team-high 12 points in the half as well.

"We talked at halftime that we were going to have to play better defense or we were going to be in trouble," said Gagner. "The girls responded and held LP to 20 points, nearly half of their first half production.

"I'm sure it was an entertaining game for the fans, but we must play better defense in the future," Gagner added. "We won't get by a lot of teams if we give up 58 a night."

Mary Rentz provided 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Gillespie also had eight rebounds. Nelson led the team with eight assists. Erin Schieler chipped in with 11 points.

The Tigers earned a sweep as both the C-squad and B-squad found victory as well - the B-squad in overtime fashion.