Girls basketball: Strong second halves give Tigers hope
The New Richmond girls basketball team pulled out one victory with a strong second half performance last week and nearly pulled off another win with a second half comeback.
The Tigers earned their first win of 2018 on Friday when they won at home against Ellsworth, 45-36. When the Tigers played at Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday, the Tigers lost 37-35. In that game, the Tigers trailed by double digits in the second half, before making an inspired comeback in the final minutes of the game.
Friday's win was the first for the Tigers since Dec. 12, when the Tigers topped Ellsworth in the first round of Middle Border Conference action.
The Tigers continue their MBC schedule with a pair of road games. They will play at Amery on Thursday and at Osceola next Tuesday.
The Tigers didn't start particularly well against Ellsworth with a number of hurried early shots. They trailed 15-10 before a 6-0 run breathed some life back into the offense. Sophomore Maya Greenquist hit two shots in that stretch. By halftime, the score stood at 19-19.
In the second half, the Tigers began to play with more calm on offense. A few shots then began to fall, starting with Leah DeYoung banking in a three-pointer for the first points of the half. The Tigers never trailed again. Barb Kling and Lorin Bauer hit clutch three-pointers to help the Tigers maintain a lead.
Tiger coach Ryan Schradle called this a team win, because so many girls contributed. No Tiger scored more than eight points, which was accomplished by Audrey Feuerer. DeYoung led the team with eight rebounds and Greenquist chased down seven. She also led the team with three steals. Schradle said the Feuerer sisters played key roles in the win.
"I think Amelia's doing a really nice job off the bench. She didn't score but she did so many good things. Audrey attacked the basket and got to the line," Schradle said.
At B-W last Tuesday, the Tigers struggled with shot selection for much of the game. Trailing 31-20 with four minutes left, the Tigers made a charge. DeYoung led the comeback, hitting two three-pointers. On one, she was fouled, turning it into a four-point play. The Tigers had a chance to win at the final buzzer, setting up Bauer, their most experienced perimeter shooter, for the final shot. She got off a three-point attempt from the corner, but the shot bounded off the rim.
DeYoung led the Tigers with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Avery Utecht contributed five rebounds and five points.