New Richmond girls basketball rolls past Somerset, but not HudsonMiddle Border Conference games have gone quite well for the New Richmond girls basketball team.
Middle Border Conference games have gone quite well for the New Richmond girls basketball team.
But when the Tigers play outside the conference, they have not seen the same level of success.
The Tigers improved to 3-1 in the MBC standings last Tuesday with a 52-21 decision over winless Somerset. The Tigers dropped to 0-3 in non-conference games last Friday, sputtering offensively on their home court in a 44-30 loss to Hudson.
New Richmond was able to win against Somerset on Tuesday despite missing two starters. Mattie Kidder was ill and Maddie Kelly was recovering from a bad ankle sprain.
The Tigers dominated three of the four quarters in the game. New Richmond’s defense stole the show in the opening quarter, holding the young Spartans scoreless as the Tigers built an 8-0 lead.
The second quarter was more of an adventure. Somerset was able to get some hoops in transition and the lead was suddenly in peril. The Tigers needed three-pointers from Sydney Kannel and Kaycie Anderson late in the half to rebuild their lead to 23-14 at halftime.
The Tiger defense stepped up in the second half to take charge by limiting Somerset to seven points in the half. This gave Coach Jeff Kanewischer the opportunity to get his reserves more playing time.
In addition to the two starters missing the game, Kannel was in foul trouble much of the first half. While Kannel scored 17 points, several Tigers stepped up their scoring output in this game. That was led by sophomore Maddie Krumm, who finished with 10 points. Hannah Simpson, who has been one of the team’s steadiest offensive threats, finished with eight points.
On Friday the Tigers hoped to nab their first non-conference win. With Kidder and Kelly back in limited roles, the Tiger offense had flashes of success, but consistency was elusive.
Hudson gave extreme defensive attention to Kannel, limiting her to a season-low six points. Kanewischer said this game showed Kannel the importance of taking her shot in the brief window that appears.
Simpson led the Tigers in scoring with nine points. Kannel and Kidder both finished with six points.
The game was close until Hudson went on a 10-0 run in the second quarter to build a 22-10 lead. The Tigers trailed 23-14 at halftime.
The Tigers put together their best stretch of the game at the start of the third quarter. The Tigers got within one point twice, at 23-22 and 26-25, before Hudson scored the final two hoops of the quarter.
If the Tigers were going to contend in the fourth quarter, they needed a start similar to the one they had in the third quarter. That didn’t happen. Two free throws from Kidder were the only points the Tigers scored in the first five minutes of the quarter as Hudson built up a double-digit lead.