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Tigers squeak out a win over visiting Eagles

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta overcame poor free-throw shooting and Micaela Erickson's 37 points to defeat Lac qui Parle Valley 57-56 Friday on the Tigers' basketball court.

The Tigers improved to 9-3 (13-5 overall) with the West Central Conference South win. The Eagles dropped to 6-5 in the conference.

Nicole Gillespie made one of two free-throw attempts with 13 seconds left to give the Tigers a four-point lead. Erickson then hit a trey to pull the Eagles within one, but there was just one second remaining and the Tigers inbounded to end the game.

"This was a close game all night long," said coach Ken Gagner. "Neither team could get more than a five to seven point cushion and we had absolutely no answer for Erickson. I enjoy watching her, just not when she's playing us."

Gillespie's make at the charity stripe was the only foul shot the Tigers made in their last eight attempts.

"We made life difficult for ourselves shooting just 12 of 30 from the line," said Gagner. "We just hung in there and made some good passes late in the game for some lay-ups.

"We kept our turnovers down (11) and Jenna Nelson did a good job distributing the ball - finishing with a game-high eight assists to go with five steals and nine points."

Gillespie and Mary Rentz both had 13 points to pace the Tigers' offense