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Tigers fall to No. 3 Wildcats

New London-Spicer started the second half on a 17-1 run and went on to defeat Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 56-28 Saturday in a non-conference girls' basketball game.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 3 in Class AA, improved to 16-2 on the season. The Tigers fell to 11-5 overall.

The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but fell behind 24-13 by halftime.

"The girls really didn't play as bad as the score might indicate," said coach Ken Gagner. "We took good care of the ball and honestly got off a lot of good, quality shots.

"Our defense was solid - holding NLS to 24 points in the first half, but our shooting was just sub par and you cannot do that against a team like NLS," Gagner said. "They have too many weapons and you have to convert when given the opportunity.

"Once we fell behind by 15 in the second half, we had to change our strategy and try and get after them," he added. "That played right into their hands, but we had no choice at that point.

"Coach Drier has another nice team and they played like it."

The Wildcats cashed 16 of 23 free throws in the game and outrebounded the Tigers 42-27.

Nicole Gillespie led the Tigers with 11 points. Erin Schieler grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team.

Taylor Thompsen led NLS with 16 points. Karli Wendlandt added 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Cassie Ziemer finished with 10 points and five assists.