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Tiger girls finish on winning note

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta finished the regular season on a winning note with a 60-55 victory over arch rival Minnewaska in West Central South girls' basketball action Tuesday at home.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a record of 15-8, going 11-5 in the West Central Conference South.

The Lakers fell to 6-10 in the conference and 8-15 overall.

"It was a nice way for the seniors to finish their regular season and the gym was absolutely packed," said coach Ken Gagner. "That was the biggest crowd I've ever had at a girl's game and it made for a real tournament atmosphere. Hats off to all our fans for their tremendous support."

The Tigers held a five-point halftime lead and kept that margin at the final buzzer.

"I really thought the key for us was a three-minute stretch early in the second half where we were able to get some easy baskets on transition," Gagner said. "Jenna (Nelson) was seeing the floor well and I think three of her team-high nine assists came in that quick span.

"Erin (Schieler) pounded the defensive boards picking up a season-high nine and we needed her presence inside."

Nelson had 16 points to lead the Tigers. Mary Rentz had 14 points. Schieler added eight points and 11 total rebounds. Kelsey Greenwaldt had seven points. Nicole Gillespie grabbed eight rebounds.

Allie Ostrander scored 23 points to lead the Lakers. Sarah Faehnrich added 13 points and Sarah Roering had 10 points.

The Tigers will be the No. 4 seed in section 6AA and will host the No. 5 seed with a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, March 4.