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The New Richmond girls is starting to roll, winning games last week over Ellsworth and Christ Household of Faith.

The Tigers are now 3-1 over the past four games and it has been strong defense that has lifted the Tigers in their recent games.

High-energy effort

A 10-0 run in the final 2:23 of the first half was the driving force that carried the New Richmond girls basketball team to a 48-42 win over Ellsworth on Thursday.

New Richmond took a 4-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game, but the Tigers struggled for nearly all of the rest of the first half, trailing 17-8 deep into the second quarter.

Full-court pressure jump-started the Tigers in the final minutes of the half. Ashley O'Flanagan scored the first hoop during the late surge, and Hannah Zimmerman scored twice within the 10-0 run, which was highlighted by a three-pointer from Kristen Holle with 57 seconds left in the half.

The energy the Tigers showed in the final minutes of the first half carried into the second half. In the middle of the third quarter the Tigers went on a 9-0 run, on two hoops each from Krista Mitchell and O'Flanagan. One of Mitchell's shots was a three-pointer. That rally moved the lead to 31-21.

Ellsworth was able to get no closer than five points in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers patiently held the ball for long stretches of the quarter. Mitchell did an excellent job of handling the ball as the Tigers flawlessly ran down the clock in the fourth quarter.

"It was exciting to see Krista really take charge," Russell said.

O'Flanagan led the Tigers with 14 points and Mitchell scored 12 points. O'Flanagan also led the Tigers with eight rebounds. Mitchell had six steals and Zimmerman four as the Tigers stole the ball 17 times during the game. The steals were a result of a relentless defensive effort, which in turn, produced good scoring chances for the Tigers.

Winning streak

The Tigers won their second straight, and their third in four games, when they won at Christ Household of Faith on Saturday, 38-35.

The Tiger girls used a strong start and an even stronger finish to win at CHOF on Saturday, 38-35.

The Tigers trailed at the start of the fourth quarter 32-27, and 34-30 early into the quarter. The Tigers then put on the defensive clamps, outscoring CHOF 8-1 in the rest of the game.

Mitchell nailed down the win by hitting two free throws in the final 20 seconds to build the final margin to three points.

The key behind the fourth quarter run, and many of the Tigers' best stretches this season has been full-court pressure. Russell said the girls have gotten better at recognizing where the next pass might be going, which has gotten them numerous steals by darting into the passing lane to intercept the opponent's passes.

The strong finish gave symmetry to the start the Tigers had put together in the game. They led 16-12 after a quarter and 23-22 at halftime.

In the first half the Tigers did some incredible shooting from beyond the three-point arc. They hit on all four of their three-point attempts, with Ashley Gibson sinking three of them and Mitchell hitting the fourth.

Gibson led the Tigers with 13 points in the game. Mitchell scored nine, Hannah Zimmerman seven and Emily Rehurek six.

This was a physical game in a hot gym. CHOF had two six-foot post players, who the Tigers defended well. The physical play did lead to one casualty. Junior Kelsie Abramson suffered a broken nose when she caught an elbow in the face while battling for a rebound. Give Abramson credit for toughness. She had the presence of mind to chase down the rebound and call a timeout after catching the elbow. And with the freshly broken nose, she went back into the game in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers play a big game at Baldwin-Woodville this Friday. This will be the final game before the WIAA regional seeding meeting and a win against the Blackhawks could move the Tigers up in the seeding. The Tigers will also play at home next Tuesday, against Somerset.

New Richmond 48, Ellsworth 42



Melstrom 1 0-0 2, Hanson 5 3-4 14, Lewien 0 0-1 0, Kiefer 1 1-2 3, Swanson 0 0-0 0, Konkol 6 1-3 13, Halls 2 0-0 5, Radkey 2 0-0 5. Totals 17 5-10 42.


Demulling 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 2 0-2 4, Mitchell 4 3-5 12, Holle 2 1-2 6, O'Flanagan 5 4-5 14, Kunz 0 4-6 4, Abramson 0 0-0 0, Rehurek 0 0-0 0, Gibson 2 4-4 8. Totals 15 16-25 48.

Ellsworth 9 8 5 20 42

New Richmond 6 12 13 17 48

Three-point goals -- Hanson, Halls, Radkey, Mitchell, Holle. Fouled out -- Melstrom. Total fouls -- Ellsworth 22, New Richmond 16.

New Richmond 38,

Christ Household of Faith 35



Zimmerman 3 1-2 7, Mitchell 3 2-2 9, Holle 1 0-0 2, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Spaulding 0 0-0 0, Kunz 0 1-2 1, Abramson 0 0-0 0, Rehurek 3 0-0 6, Gibson 4 2-2 13. Totals 14 6-8 38.

CHOF (35)

Okerstrom 3 2-4 9, Oalenschat 3 0-0 6, K.Sarbacker 2 3-4 7, M.Sarbacker 2 0-0 4, Scheeler 3 1-2 7, Bratzel 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 6-10 35.

New Richmond 16 7 4 11 38

CHOF 12 10 10 3 35

Three-point goals -- Gibson 3, Mitchell, Okerstrom. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 10, CHOF 8.

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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