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New Richmond girls take win over Spartans

New Richmond's girls withstood a late charge from the Somerset girls to score a 44-41 win over the Spartans in Middle Border Conference basketball last Tuesday.

The Tigers took the charge of the game early in the second quarter, when a 7-2 run put them up by a 15-6 score. At several different stages of the game the Tigers were able to build leads of nine points, but each time, Somerset's girls fought back.

New Richmond led 36-29 midway through the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Kendra Steinlicht and a three-pointer by Bre Krohn with 2:27 left cut that margin to 36-34.

The Tigers stood strong under the pressure of the final minutes. Krista Mitchell drove the length of the court to build the Tigers' lead back to four points. Steinlicht and Mitchell then traded free throws, making the score 41-37 with 1:14 left.

Somerset guard Mallory Rorabeck then drove to the hoop, with her scoop layup cutting the margin to two, with 51 seconds remaining.

Ashley O'Flanagan then drained a pair of free throws for the Tigers with 36 seconds left. Heather Zimmerman hit a free throw with 14 seconds left. Rorabeck scored with 1.5 seconds left to cut the final margin to three points.

Zimmerman played one of her strongest games of the season to lead the Tigers with 14 points. O'Flanagan added 10 points.

New Richmond coach Eric Russell said he was pleased with how the Tigers asserted themselves and then fought hard to maintain the lead when Somerset made a strong charge in the fourth quarter.

"I hope that's a mentality we can carry on," Russell said.

Full-court pressure remained one of New Richmond's best weapons, led by Zimmerman and Mitchell. Mitchell led the Tigers with five steals and Zimmerman and Emily Rehurek each stole the ball four times.

The play by Zimmerman at the offensive end was also a huge factor for the Tigers. She drove to the basket several times to get close range shots. With the Tigers' recent shooting struggles, these high percentage shots helped to make the offense more consistent.

Loss to Amery

There has been one easy indicator of telling how the Tiger girls fared in a game all season. If the team has shot at 30 percent or better, their chances of winning have been good. If they've shot below that mark, their chances of winning have been slim.

That was the case again last Thursday. The Tigers played another strong defensive game and they rebounded well. But they couldn't hit their shots, resulting in a 37-31 loss to Amery in the Middle Border Conference finale for both teams.

The Tigers finished the MBC season with a 4-10 record, ending in seventh place in the final conference standings.

In this game the Tigers shot better from three-point range than from closer in. Russell said it was frustrating because the Tigers missed numerous shots from close range.

"If we make some of those, we win going away," he said.

The Tigers got behind early and trailed most of the game. They did make a small run in the fourth quarter. When Hannah Zimmerman drained a three-pointer, it tied the game at 28-28. The Tigers had one shot to take the lead, but the shot missed its mark. Amery then got a couple hoops from Kathleen Derrington to pull away.

Kassie Kunz led the Tigers with nine points in the game. Krista Mitchell had nine rebounds and four steals to lead the team.

The Tigers were scheduled to open WIAA tournament play on Tuesday. The Tigers were the eighth seed in the regional, playing at number one seed Holmen. The winner of that game will play the winner of Tuesday's game between Baldwin-Woodville and Black River Falls on Thursday.

New Richmond 44, Somerset 41



T.Steinlicht 0 0-0 0, Putz 0 0-0 0, Solum 3 0-0 6, Rorabeck 2 0-2 4, Marson 1 2-2 5, Krohn 2 4-6 9, Martin 2 2-2 6, K.Steinlicht 1 3-4 6, Markfort 1 0-0 2, Borgstrom 1 1-2 3.Totals 13 12-18 41.


Demulling 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 6 2-7 14, Mitchell 2 3-3 7, Holle 0 4-8 4, O'Flanagan 3 4-4 10, Kunz 1 2-6 4, Abramson 0 0-1 0, Rehurek 1 2-2 4, Gibson 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 18-33 44.

Somerset 2 13 9 17 41

New Richmond 6 14 12 12 44

Three-point goals -- Marson, Krohn, Steinlicht. Fouled out -- Solum, Marson, Martin. Total fouls -- Somerset 29, New Richmond 19.

Amery 37, New Richmond 31

AMERY (37)


Elbing 0 0-0 0, Schiell 0 2-7 2, Pinger 2 2-2 7, Webber 0 4-6 4, Seaman 0 2-2 2, Derrington 9 2-6 20. Totals 12 12-23 37.


Demulling 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 2 0-0 5, Mitchell 3 1-2 7, Holle 1 1-2 4, O'Flanagan 1 0-0 2, Kunz 3 2-5 9, Abramson 0 0-1 0, Rehurek 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 4-10 31.

Amery 9 9 10 9 37

New Richmond 5 11 7 8 31

Three-point goals -- Pinger, Zimmerman, Holle, Kunz. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Amery 13, New Richmond 22.

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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