Friday was a stellar night of hoops action for Morris Chokio Alberta. There was a strong sense of excitement to go with the wins. Such excitement might help us forget, however briefly, this bleak winter that has taken over.
Yours truly was on the roof of the house yesterday and found exhaustion setting in surprisingly early. Some context: I'm 56 years old now.
Boys basketball: Tigers 64, BOLD 53
The Morris Chokio Alberta boys thrilled in a come-from-behind way. Coach Mark Torgerson's crew was down by eight at halftime, 32-24, playing the BOLD Warriors in Bird Island.
Whether it was a case of making adjustments or just getting hot, the Tigers showed they had the tools to escape that deficit and win.
The final horn sounded with the Tigers winning 64-53. A little math shows that M-CA outscored the Warriors 40-21 in the second half. (Coach Torgerson is a math teacher.)
Friday was a memorable night for Cole Riley who was a key individual in the second half surging, with 20 points of his game-total 24. His 24 points was game-high.
The Tigers worked hard in the sometimes unheralded department of rebounding. Here they had a stat for the night of 34, to 26 by BOLD.
The Tigers made exactly half their shots from the field (26/52). Dan Tiernan made two three-point shots and Cole Riley one.
In freethrows the team stats were nine of 19.
Tiernan and Mac Kampmeier each scored ten points to join Cole Riley in double figures. Eric Riley put in nine points and Cody Cannon five, followed by Riley Arndt with four and Tyler Roske with two.
Brandon Ochs led the host Warriors in scoring with 15 points.
Girls basketball: Tigers 55, BOLD 54
The M-CA girls got their seventh win of the season in suspenseful fashion Friday, by a margin of one point over BOLD. Beth Holland showed poise at the freethrow line with two makes that did much to put M-CA on top at the end.
Holland with her eleven points was one of three Tigers scoring in double figures in this 55-54 triumph. Erin Schieler led the charge with 16 and Erica Domnick put in ten.
The Tigers had no shortage of shot attempts as they made 21 of 75. Three-pointers were a little frustrating, as here only two of 12 tries found the mark. Those two makes were by Sarah Kuhn and Shadow Olson.
Domnick worked the boards to collect eleven rebounds to lead in that category. Kuhn and Schieler grabbed nine and seven rebounds respectively. Four Tigers each contributed three assists to the winning mix: Hannah Sayles, Olson, Kelsey Loew and Holland.
Katie Holzheimer set the pace in steals with five while Domnick achieved three.
In freethrows the Tigers made eleven of 18 attempts.
Kuhn scored six points, Holzheimer and Olson five each and Loew two.
Coach Dale Henrich's Tigers came out of the week with a 7-9 overall record and 5-6 mark in conference play.
BOLD's top scorer was Carly Sigurdson with 15 points.
The home MAHS gym emptied with the Tiger faithful perhaps feeling a little drained by the suspense, but most pleased. Ditto for coach Henrich!
Viva Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys and girls basketball for 2011!
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org