"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hoopsters surge into new year winning

Girls basketball: Tigers 64, Paynesville 49
The Tigers downed Paynesville Friday (1/4) in a seesaw kind of game.
Playing at home, everything looked rosy for the Tigers at halftime. The scoreboard showed a 15-point lead. The Bulldogs proved to be tenacious for a time in the second half. They came here with a winning record. They weren't to be taken lightly at any point in this game. The Tigers got a reminder of this as the green crew steadily shaved the margin.
The margin got whittled all the way down to three. The time remaining: 12 minutes.
Coach Dale Henrich signalled for a timeout to try to settle down his crew. Whatever he said must have been precisely what the team needed. The Tigers surged back to own a lead of 17 points just two minutes later!
The final horn sounded with the score 64-49 and the Tigers owning their sixth win of the season. In conference they have yet to be beaten. Surely the new year is beginning with lots of optimism.
The Tigers overcame the 18 points scored by Bulldog Kayla Schaefer and the 13 put in by mate Erika Schlangen.
MaKenzie Smith was the Tiger topping the home team scoring list. This she accomplished with 18 points, and close behind her was a teammate whose presence on the court was closely watched because she's seeking to shake the effects of injury. Katie Holzheimer scored 16 points. Katie has been nursing an ankle problem.
The Tigers and Sauk Centre are tied for the WCC-North lead, both at 2-0 in this early stage.
Beth Holland was another Tiger scoring in double figures with her 12 points. Becca Holland and Tracy Meichsner each put in seven points. Nicole Strobel and Kaitlin Vogel each added two points to the mix.
The Holland sisters aren't tall in stature but they were more than capable in rebounding. Together they collected nine rebounds.
Abbie Olson was the top assist producer with five followed by Smith with four. Smith produced five steals followed by Holzheimer and Meichsner each with three.
The three-point shooting story was a quite fine five of ten. This could be a shaky department for the Tigers pre-holidays. On Friday Holzheimer found the range to make three of these long rangers. Beth and Becca Holland each made one.
In total field goals the Tigers made 21 of 45 tries. In freethrows the numbers were a sterling 17 of 22.
Bulldog Rachel Rittenhouse collected ten rebounds.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta enters the new week with a 6-3 overall record, 2-0 in conference.
Boys basketball: Tigers 65, BOLD 45
The Tigers made a third of their three-point shot tries in a Thursday (1/3) victory. Coach Mark Torgerson, a math teacher, probably isn't impressed that I can deduce "a third" from the four-for-12 numbers. But he's most pleased with his team having achieved its seventh win of the season.
The opponent was BOLD at home. The 65-45 triumph by the orange and black put the W/L numbers at 7-2 as we charge into January. The new year promises quite a bit of excitement for Morris Area Chokio Alberta fans.
Logan Manska made two of the 3-pointers in the win over BOLD. The other long-range successes were from Jacob Torgerson and Chandler Erickson.
The Tigers were 28-for-48 in total field goals and five-for-12 in freethrows.
MACA owned a 36-17 lead halfway through. The second half was basically a stalemate. BOLD came out of the night at 4-5.
The MACA offense was spearheaded by Austin Dierks. Dierks put in 28 points while also leading in rebounds with seven and steals with two. John Tiernan pulled down four rebounds. Two Tigers each had four assists: Torgerson and Manska.
Eleven Tigers total had their names show up in the scoring list. Dierks was followed by Manska who finished the night with eight points. Tiernan's output was six points. Jacob Torgerson's '3' was part of five points scored.
Lincoln Berget added four points to the mix. Erickson and Nic Vipond each scored three points, and four Tigers got onto the list each with two points: Tom Holland, Beau Keimig, Dillon McNally and Tyler Henrichs.
Two players scored in double figures for the visiting Warriors: Tyler Rock with 14 points and Tyler Lothert with eleven. The Warriors were 17 of 51 in shooting from the field, four of 17 in 3's and seven of nine in freethrows. Lothert made three of the 3's.
Viva MACA boys and girls hoops with 2013 underway!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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