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Depth carries Tigers to pair of fine finishes

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If the New Richmond girls basketball team can stay with an opponent through the first half, they are getting tougher and tougher to beat.

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The depth on the Tigers gave the team excellent energy reserves, which helped them to overcome Menomonie and Baldwin-Woodville in a pair of games last week.

The wins raise the Tigers' season record to 7-9 and they now stand at 5-6 in the Middle Border Conference. That leaves them tied for fourth place in the MBC with Osceola.

In Friday's 53-36 win over Baldwin-Woodville, the lead switched hands many times during the first quarter. By halftime, the Tigers had managed to pull ahead 24-20.

At halftime, coach Jeff Kanewischer told the girls that the officials were letting them play aggressively, so there was an opportunity to get more aggressive with their full-court pressure.

The Tigers opened the second half with an all-out swarm of the B-W ball handlers. The Tigers forced turnover after turnover, which they quickly turned into points. In the first four minutes of the third quarter the Tigers outscored the Blackhawks 15-0, putting the game out of reach.

Kanewischer said the girls are getting better every game at recognizing what the officials are allowing them to do. The team adjusts its defensive pressure accordingly.

"We can throw a lot of pressure at a team, that's what's great about our depth," Kanewischer said.

Alexis Taubman and Kassie Kunz led the defensive pressure, each getting six steals in Friday's game. The team finished with 20 steals for the night.

That balanced effort also showed up in rebounding. Ashley Stoffel led the team with seven rebounds, while four other Tigers had five rebounds.

Kunz led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Hayley Peterson scored 10 points, Maggie Demulling nine points and Stoffel eight points.

In a non-conference game at Menomonie last Tuesday, the Tigers were able to earn a hard-fought 52-48 win.

The Tigers had an excellent start to the game, jumping out to an 8-0 lead against the young Indian team. Menomonie has some excellent shooters and by halftime the Indians had taken a 29-28 lead.

In the second half the Tigers again increased their intensity. This showed most in the offensive end, where the Tigers were taking the ball hard to the hoop. This got Menomonie into foul trouble and gave the Tigers numerous free throw chances.

Menomonie carried a 42-41 lead into the fourth quarter. The Tiger defense then held Menomonie to six points in the fourth quarter.

The trio of Kunz, Demulling and Paige Spaulding accounted for 40 of the Tigers' points in the game. Kunz led the team with 14 points and Spaulding and Demulling each scored 13 points. Kunz also had one of her best rebounding nights of the season, hauling down 10 rebounds. Taubman led the team with four assists and three steals.

The Tigers are hoping to keep this streak of success rolling. They play at Ellsworth on Thursday. They will play at home on Monday in a non-conference game against River Falls. The Tigers end the regular season on Friday, Feb. 22, with a home game against Amery.

New Richmond 53,

Baldwin-Woodville 36

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE (36)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Wahlquist 0 0-0 0, Hovde 1 0-0 2, Kimberly 8 2-2 20, Hawley 2 3-4 7, Eggen 1 0-2 2, Vanasse 2 0-0 4, Borh 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 6-10 36.

NEW RICHMOND (53)

Demulling 2 5-7 9, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Bygd 0 0-0 0, Peterson 3 4-4 10, Spaulding 2 1-2 5, Jensen 1 0-0 2, Taubman 2 2-5 6, Munson 0 0-0 0, Kunz 3 6-8 13, Stoffel 3 2-2 8. Totals 16 20-28 53.

Baldwin-Woodville 14 6 8 8 36

New Richmond 12 12 17 12 53

Three-point goals -- Kimberly 2, Kunz. Fouled out -- Wahlquist, Vanasse. Total fouls -- Baldwin-Woodville 21, New Richmond 13.

New Richmond 52,

Menomonie 48

NEW RICHMOND (52)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Demulling 4 5-7 13, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Bygd 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Spaulding 3 6-7 13, Jensen 0 0-0 0, Taubman 30-0 6, Munson 0 1-2 1, Kunz 4 3-6 14, Stoffel 2 1-6 5. Totals 16 16-28 52.

MENOMONIE (48)

Abney 1 0-0 3, Buckley 2 3-4 7, Andrist 3 0-2 7, Steinmeyer 5 0-0 13, Stanley 3 0-0 6, Stainer 2 0-0 4, Buss 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 3-6 48.

New Richmond 13 15 13 11 52

Menomonie 9 20 13 6 48

Three-point goals -- Spaulding, Kunz 3, Abney, Andrist, Steinmeyer 3. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 11, Menomonie 23.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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