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Tiger girls upset Middle Border co-leader

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The New Richmond girls basketball team is a team opponents dread playing because of the athleticism the Tigers possess.

That athletic ability showed last Friday, when the Tigers pulled off one of the team's biggest wins in years. The Tigers went to Amery and knocked off the Middle Border Conference co-leaders by a 67-51 score.

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Amery had just moved into a share of the MBC lead in the previous round of conference play, when the Warriors had knocked off previously unbeaten Somerset.

In Friday's game the Tigers played well from the start and took a commanding lead early in the game. The Tigers used full-court pressure to force Amery into turnovers. In the offensive end, the Tigers were selective, using rapid ball movement to create open shots against Amery's zone defense. The Tigers quickly forced Amery out of its zone coverage.

Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer went back to his five-for-five platoon system, which worked exceptionally well in this game. Amery has the MBC's leading scorer in Taylor Luke. In the rotation scheme, Maggie Demulling and Hayley Peterson took turns guarding Luke. She finished with 29 points, but many came after the Tigers were in control of the game.

Seniors Kassie Kunz and Alexis Taubman led the Tigers in the offensive end. Kunz's outside shooting was a big reason Amery had to abandon its zone defense. Kunz finished with 22 points.

When Amery went to a man defense, Taubman's ability to drive to the basket kept setting up the Tigers for close-range shots.

Senior Hannah Bygd came up with a big third quarter that helped the Tigers maintain their lead. She scored eight of her 10 points during the third quarter.

Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer said the reason for the success in this game is that the girls played with a team mentality.

"Offensively we were dangerous and defensively we were playing sharp," Kanewischer said. "I told them when they play together, they can be a very dangerous team."

Another reason for the success was the return of senior Ashley Stoffel from a sprained ankle. Stoffel solidifies the team's interior defense and allows the team to use the rotation system.

With this win, the Tigers stand at 4-6 at the midpoint of their regular season.

CHOF loss

The Tigers had a good chance for a win get away from them last Tuesday when they lost to Christ Household of Faith, 47-44.

This was a game that was an opposite extreme of the Amery win. The Tigers did not handle CHOF's press well, they did not show good shot selection, and they had trouble defending CHOF's leading scorer. CHOF's center was able to get the ball in the lane, and from there she was nearly unstoppable.

Kunz had 13 points in the loss. Peterson led the team with eight rebounds and Paige Spaulding added six rebounds. Taubman led the team with five steals.

The Tigers face two more challenging opponents in the upcoming days. On Friday the Tigers will play at home against Durand. Next Monday the Tigers will play a non-conference game at Barron.

New Richmond 67, Amery 51

NEW RICHMOND (67)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Demulling 2 1-3 5, Kelly 1 1-2 3, Bygd 5 0-2 10, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Spaulding 2 0-0 5, Jensen 0 0-2 0, Taubman 6 1-1 13, Muson 0 2-2 2, Kunz 8 2-4 22, Stoffel 1 2-2 5. Totals 26 9-18 67.

AMERY (51)

Luke 10 8-10, 29, Stewart 5 1-2 13, Satterlund 1 2-2 4, Hansen 0 0-0 0, Schultz 0 0-0 0, Schiell 2 0-2 5. Totals 19 11-16 51.

New Richmond 25 10 18 14 67

Amery 9 11 14 17 51

Three-point goals -- Spaulding, Taubman, Kunz 4, Stoffel, Luke, Stewart 2, Schiell. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 12, Amery 14.

Christ Household of Faith 47, New Richmond 44

CHOF (47)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Simonson 0 1-3 1, Bluhm 2 0-0 4, Bratzel 2 0-0 4, Gerdes 3 2-8 8, Piepkorn 3 0-0 6, Palenschot 10 0-0 20, Tschida 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 3-11 47.

NEW RICHMOND (44)

Demulling 3 0-0 6, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Bygd 2 0-0 4, Peterson 3 1-4 7, Spaulding 2 2-2 6, Jensen 0 0-0 0, Taubman 2 1-2 5, Munson 0 0-0 0, Kunz 3 6-6 13, Stoffel 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 11-16 44.

CHOF 15 12 10 11 47

New Richmond 9 17 4 14 44

Three-point goals -- Kunz. Fouled out -- Bratzel. Total fouls -- CHOF 14, New Richmond 12.

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