Top seed takes out Tiger girls; Coach Russell retires
Facing the top seed in the regional and falling behind 12-0 at the start of the game brought about a quick end to the 2004-05 New Richmond girls basketball season.
The Tiger girls were the eighth seed, playing at top-seeded Holmen last Tuesday. While the Tigers did battle back to make this a game in the second half, they ended up losing to Holmen 52-30.
This year's Tigers finish the season with a 6-15 record.
The Tigers were hoping for a quick start at Holmen, but that didn't materialize. Holmen is a tall, athletic team and it took some time for the Tigers to adjust to that athleticism.
"They are legitimate," said Tiger coach Eric Russell. "They're fairly deep and they're all 5-10 or 5-11."
Russell said he thinks Holmen has the talent to make a strong run at the sectional championship.
The troubles for the Tigers stretched into the second quarter and by halftime New Richmond trailed 29-10.
In the second half the Tigers started to relax and play their game. They were able to cut the margin down to eight points before Holmen made a run in the final minutes to inflate the margin to 22 points.
Hannah Zimmerman has been playing well for the Tigers in recent games and that continued at Holmen. After being held scoreless in the first half, Zimmerman scored 11 points in the second half.
This game was typical of the Tigers. Their effort on defense was again strong and they moved the ball on offense. But the inability to make shots hurt the Tigers all season. Russell said that the team's improvement for next year depends on this year's juniors working to improve their shooting form in the off-season.
There are only two seniors on this year's Tiger squad. The graduates from this year's team will be Ashley Gibson and Hannah Demulling.
Coach Russell resigns
Russell told the girls of his plans to resign following the game. Russell has been the girls varsity coach for seven years, following three years as an assistant girls coach.
Russell is one of two MBC girls coaches who announced their resignation last week. Amery coach Steve Bielmeier resigned after leading the Tiger girls for 12 years.
Russell said he is resigning to spend more time at work and at home. He recently became acting assistant principal at the high school.
Holmen 52, New Richmond 30
NEW RICHMOND (30)
Demulling 1 0-0 2, Zimmerman 4 1-2 11, Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Holle 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Kunz 1 2-4 5, Abramson 1 0-0 2, Rehurek 1 2-4 4, Gibson 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 5-10 30.
Mechling 8 3-4 20, Krings 0 2-4 2, Pfaff 0 0-0 0, Kleinsmith 1 4-6 7, Blank 5 4-6 15, Berger 3 0-0 6, Nelson 0 0-1 0, Harter 0 1-2 1, Lenz 0 0-2 0, Preeshl 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 14-26 52.
New Richmond 4 6 12 8 30
Holmen 14 15 8 13 52
Three-point goals -- Zimmerman 2, Kunz, Kleinsmith, Blank. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 25, Holmen 13.