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Tiger girls basketball searching for offensive solutions

Tiger senior Laura Troftgruben (right) drives to the basket in last week's game against Somerset.

An anemic offense continues to weigh down the New Richmond girls basketball team.

The Tigers lost to Durand and Somerset, the top two teams in the Middle Border Conference last week.

On Tuesday the Tigers lost at Durand 49-26. That was followed by a 61-25 homecourt loss to Somerset on Friday. The Tigers have not scored more than 28 points in any of their last four games and they are the lowest scoring team in the MBC.

The offense struggled mightily against MBC leading Somerset on Friday, with one exception. The Tigers were held to six points in the first half. The one stretch that was the exception to the offensive struggles came at the end of the third quarter. In a two-minute stretch at the end of the quarter, the Tigers rang up 10 points. They scored several baskets off nice backdoor cuts against Somerset's zone defense.

A problem that has steadily gotten worse for the Tigers is their methodical ball movement on offense, especially against man defenses. Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer said he has been encouraging the girls to move the ball quicker to create more open shots.

"We're trying to get the things we work on in practice to come to fruition in games," Kanewischer said.

Senior point guard Laura Troftgruben led the Tigers with nine points. Freshman Sydney Kannel scored five points, all during the third quarter.

At Durand, the Tigers had one of their best recent starts, taking the lead in the early moments of the game. Durand hit two three-pointers in transition late in the quarter, helping the Panthers to take a 12-11 lead into the second quarter. Durand was able to get more points via the transition game in the second quarter, building up a 26-16 lead at halftime.

The Tiger shut down in the second half as Durand pulled away.

Kat Keller led the Tigers with eight points. Kaycie Anderson finished with six points.

The Tigers will try to end their seven-game losing streak this Thursday when they play at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers defeated B-W 43-25 in the first round of MBC play. The Tigers will face another team they defeated in the opening round of conference play next Tuesday, when they play at Prescott.

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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