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Tiger girls come from behind to down the Lakers

Despite trailing at halftime, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta kept a hold on second place in the West Central South Conference girls' basketball race by defeating Minnewaska 48-34 Tuesday.

The Tigers are now 6-2 in the conference and 9-3 overall. The Lakers fall to 2-5 and 4-9.

Morris/C-A trails Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City by two games in the conference race.

The Tigers jumped to a 7-0 lead at Minnewaska, and then struggled to make just two more baskets during the next 15 minutes.

"During the first half we got off to a decent start and then the wheels just came off," said coach Ken Gagner. "We just couldn't get anything going, and thankfully we were only down four at halftime."

The Tigers were down 19-15 at halftime, but outscored the Lakers 33-15 in the second half.

"I think the Lakers got a little bit tired and we were able to take advantage," Gagner said.

The key basket in the second half was hit by junior Hannah Sayles.

"With the Tigers clinging to a two-point lead at the five-minute mark, Sayles drained a three - her first shot of the game," explained Gagner.

The Tigers followed that shot by hitting 10 of 11 free throws to close out the game.

Senior point guard Jenna Nelson also hit 12 of her game-high 15 points in the second half. Nicole Gillespie added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Both C and B squads also won for the Tigers.

Sarah Roering had 10 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Lakers. Sarah Faehnrich had 12 points and six assists