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B-W trap finally clamps down on Tiger girls

New Richmond's girls overcame a 14-point deficit, moving ahead of Baldwin-Woodville by five points with six minutes left in the game.

Happily ever after, right?

Wrong. Baldwin-Woodville slapped on a full-court trap defense that forced the Tigers into a bushel of turnovers in the final six minutes. Those turnovers provided the ignition for the Blackhawks, who outscored the Tigers 20-6 in the final six minutes of the game, giving B-W a 62-53 win.

The Tigers played an outstanding third quarter. After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Tigers were looking at a 34-25 deficit at halftime.

After struggling to hit their shots in the first half, the Tigers caught fire in the third quarter. Megan Haugen and Laura Measner each sank six points as the Tigers outscored B-W 18-8 in the quarter, putting the Tigers in front 43-42.

When Shannon Timm scored 40 seconds into the fourth quarter the lead was raised to three points. A shot by Nicole Borgen with 6:07 left in the game made the Tiger lead 47-42.

The Blackhawks then started their comeback. Toni Hinz hit a three-pointer and Robin Booth scored off an offensive rebound to tie the game. The Tigers had trouble keeping B-W off the boards all night, with B-W having a 44-33 rebounding advantage in the game.

The Tigers regained the lead, when Kelli Emerson scored on a nice feed from Timm. Seconds later Emerson was out of the game, called for her fifth foul on a call that was extremely unpopular with the Tiger coaches and fans. B-W's Amanda Roth then hit two free throws, again tying the game.

The Tigers took their last lead of the game when Timm scored on a fast break, the result of a nifty steal by Jessie Mitchell.

Roth dominated the final four minutes of the game. She scored eight straight B-W points. Roth is the MBC's leading scorer. The Tigers held her to two field goals during the game, but she was 17-19 from the free throw line to finish with 21 points. She was 10-11 from the line in the final 4:02 of the game.

The Tigers were put in a position of having to come back because of defensive lapses early in the game. The Blackhawks hit their first eight shots in the game as the Tigers were being caught out of position in their zone defense. The Tigers then switched to a man defense and remedied the problem.

The one problem the Tigers couldn't remedy was their ball handling against the B-W trap. Tiger coach Eric Russell said that every girl who played did some things well during the game. But the problems against the press were team-wide too.

The Tigers had good balance in their scoring. Timm and Measner each scored 12 points, Borgen scored 10 and Emerson nine to lead the team. Borgen and Emerson led the team with five rebounds each, while Haugen's five assists and four steals were tops on the team.

The Tigers will try upsetting another of the Middle Border Conference leaders this Friday, when they play at Osceola. The Tigers will face the other MBC co-leader next Tuesday, when they get a visit from Prescott.

Baldwin-Woodville 62,

New Richmond 53



T.Monicken 2 1-2 5, T.Johnson 1 0-1 2, M.Johnson 2 4-8 9, Booth 2 0-0 4, Hinz 2 1-2 7, Roth 2 17-19 21, J.Monicken 6 2-4 14. Totals 17 25-36 62.


Mitchell 0 0-0 0, K.Emerson 3 2-2 9, L.Emerson 0 0-0 0, Schoenherr 0 0-0 0, Haugen 2 0-0 6, Borgen 5 0-0 10, Measner 6 0-0 12, Thompson 2 0-0 4, Timm 5 2-3 12. Totals 23 4-5 53.

Baldwin-Woodville 20 14 8 20 62

New Richmond 12 13 18 10 53

Three-point goals -- M.Johnson, Hinz 2, K.Emerson, Haugen 2. Fouled out -- K.Emerson. Total fouls -- Baldwin-Woodville 8, New Richmond 19.

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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