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Tiger girls win one close game, miss upset

Last Tuesday's game showed the progress the New Richmond girls basketball team has made. Last Friday's game showed the level where the Tigers want to take their game.

The Tiger girls won a close game last Tuesday, beating Amery 43-42. On Friday the Tigers were hoping to pull off an upset at Osceola. They weren't able to achieve that goal, losing to the Chieftains 57-44.

Osceola was playing without one of its leading players, Chelsea Muckenhirn, who suffered a major knee injury last Tuesday. The Chieftains rallied, hitting several early shots to pull ahead. The Tigers were cold early, but came back to cut the margin to 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.

That was the pattern of the game. Osceola would build a lead and the Tigers would cut it to 4-5 points, only to see the Chieftains pull away again.

"We didn't play terribly, but we didn't have any chemistry working for us," said Tiger coach Eric Russell. "We got schooled on the boards again. We're just too cautious."

The Tigers were outrebounded 48-35 in the game, including allowing 19 offensive rebounds to the Chieftains.

New Richmond was led by junior Kelli Emerson who topped the team with 21 points and seven rebounds. Laura Measner had one of her best rebounding games, bringing down six rebounds.

Getting a close win

Kelli Emerson's hoop with nine seconds left proved to be the game-winner as the New Richmond girls basketball team held off Amery 43-42 last Tuesday.

The win continues the improvement over the second half of the season by the Tigers. The girls are 3-1 in their last four games. New Richmond's girls are now in fifth place in the Middle Border Conference with a 4-6 record. Their overall record is 6-9.

New Richmond had an outstanding start to the game, taking an 8-0 lead. The Tigers came out playing some of their toughest defense of the season, forcing several turnovers with trapping, full-court pressure.

The Tigers led 12-5 after a quarter. Amery made a charge in the second quarter, but the Tigers maintained the lead, 22-19 at halftime.

The Tigers were able to keep a small lead until the middle of the fourth quarter. Amery took a brief lead and the score was tied several times in the final minutes of the game. With the score tied 41-41, Amery missed three free throws.

Emerson then scored the game-winner with nine seconds left in regulation. She got the ball, worked off a double screen and patiently pulled up for the jump shot.

Amery was fouled with three seconds left in the game, making the second shot to cut the margin to one point.

Nicole Borgen led New Richmond with 14 points and six rebounds. Emerson scored eight points and Shannon Timm scored six points.

The Tigers did have trouble rebounding most of the night. Amery center Erin Glunz pulled down 13 rebounds, eight at the offensive end of the court. Amery had a 37-23 rebound edge on the Tigers. Particularly in the third quarter, Glunz's post play was the only thing keeping Amery in the game.

The Tigers benefitted from more players contributing to the scoring. Jessica Mitchell and Heather Thompson hit important shots in the fourth quarter.

One of the keys to the Tigers' recent success has been shooting. The Tigers made 48 percent of their shots against Amery, including hitting 53 percent of their second half shots.

The regular season is winding down, with three more games left on the Tiger schedule. On Thursday the Tigers will play at Durand. That's followed by a non-conference game at River Falls next Tuesday. The regular season for the Tigers concludes on Friday, Feb. 21 with a home game versus Somerset.

New Richmond 43, Amery 42

AMERY (42)


S.Elbing 2 0-0 6, R.Elbing 1 6-8 8, Gehrman 0 1-4 1, Glunz 5 1-1 11, Seaman 1 1-2 3, Bowen 1 0-0 2, Derrington 4 3-8 11. Totals 14 12-23 42.


Mitchell 2 0-0 4, K.Emerson 4 0-0 8, L.Emerson 0 0-0 0, Haugen 1 0-0 2, Borgen 7 0-0 14, Measner 2 0-0 4, Thompson 2 0-0 5, Timm 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 0-0 43.

Amery 5 14 9 14 42

New Richmond 12 10 10 11 43

Three-point goals -- S.Elbing 2, Thompson. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Amery 8, New Richmond 22.

Osceola 57, New Richmond 44



Mitchell 0 0-0 0, K.Emerson 7 3-5 21, Gjovik 0 0-0 0, L.Emerson 1 3-4 5, Haugen 1 1-2 3, Borgen 1 0-0 2, Measner 2 0-0 4, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Timm 2 3-3 7. Totals 15 10-14 44.


Lear 2 1-2 5, Kumlien 2 3-3 7, Tarman 2 4-7 8, Pettis 1 1-2 4, Swanson 2 1-2 5, Schmidt 1 1-1 3, McElfresh 5 2-4 12, A.Muckenhirn 2 9-14 13, Hasselquist 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 13-22 57.

New Richmond 9 16 7 12 44

Osceola 14 18 6 19 57

Three-point goals -- K.Emerson 4, Pettis. Fouled out -- L.Emerson. Total fouls -- New Richmond 25, Osceola 17.

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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