MACA boys basketball vied at the home of the Thunder Hawks, Montevideo, Friday night (2/22).
Tiger fans are hoping this action was a prelude to what lies ahead in the post-season. The Tigers won by showing superiority in the second half.
The first half went to Montevideo with a 23-21 advantage. Morris Area Chokio Alberta made adjustments for the rest of the way. Coach Mark Torgerson's squad outscored the T-Hawks 27-23 in the second half. So the final horn saw the Tigers up by two, 48-46.
The Tigers ascended to 17 wins on the season. Monte is having a below-.500 campaign.
Logan Manska made a pair of 3's in helping lead MACA to the win. There were two other successful 3's and they were by Chandler Erickson and Jacob Torgerson. The team numbers in this department were four of 15. The numbers in total field goals were 20 of 46. And in freethrows, four of eight.
Nic Vipond swept the boards for five rebounds. Erickson produced five assists. Manska led the way in steals with four.
Manska's three-pointers helped lift him to a team-best 13 points scored. Austin Dierks came through with 12 points. Lincoln Berget put in six points, and there were three Tigers each with five points: Torgerson, Erickson and Vipond. John Tiernan added two to the mix.
Jordan Thompson made a pair of 3's for the host T-Hawks, and he topped Monte's scoring with 15 points. Ryan Maroney and Troy Diggins each made a '3'.
The Tigers entered the weekend with a 17-6 record, fueling considerable optimism.
Girls basketball: Melrose 53, Tigers 51
The MACA girls unraveled some in the late-going against Melrose. Katie Holzheimer continued her strides with three-pointers but it wasn't enough in the end.
The Tigers relinquished a promising lead and fell on the road to Melrose, 53-51. Still, the won-lost numbers owned by Morris Area Chokio Alberta were quite upbeat with the weekend nearing. Coach Dale Henrich's crew sat at 16-8 (12-3 in league).
The contest vs. Melrose was played on Thursday, Feb. 21. Holzheimer had all of the successful MACA 3's. The team stats were four of 13. In total field goals the Tigers made 22 of 66 attempts. Freethrows were scant: three of four stats.
Becca Holland collected ten rebounds and she led in both this department and in assists where her total was four.
It was MaKenzie Smith topping the scoring list. She put in 19 points and was joined in double figures by Holzheimer who had 12 and Beth Holland who had ten. Holzheimer's points reflected her four 3-pointers.
Becca Holland's point total was six. Nicole Strobel and Abbie Olson each scored two points.
Suspense was high with under a minute left to play in "Dutch" country of Melrose. The score was a deadlock at 51-all. Taylor Reller deftly passed the ball to Emily Goerdt who put in a layup. Just 15 seconds were left. The Tigers made a bid to tie but the shots didn't fall.
The horn sounded and MACA had to accept defeat after having carved out a promising lead.
Reller topped the Melrose scoring list with 15 points. Goerdt was right behind with 14 and she had those two very clutch points at the end. Goerdt also collected eleven rebounds to lead Melrose there.
Boys hockey: Little Falls 5, Storm 1
The Storm hockey skaters can feel satisfaction about their 16-10 campaign of 2012-13. The end came in Section 6A competition on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Little Falls.
The score was 5-1 as the MBA crew fell to the top seed: the Flyers of Little Falls. The Flyers achieved their 20th victory of the season and earned the right for further conquests. They scored one goal in the first period and two each in the second and third.
Luke Majerle scored the Little Falls goal in period No. 1. He also got the Little Falls scoring going in the second period with assists from Thomas Miller and Ben Newman. Then it was Corey Storck scoring the lone goal of the night for MBA. Storck's goal came at 3:52 of the second and it included assists from Riley Blake and Chad Schwarz.
Nathan Adamietz scored for Little Falls at 14:25 of the second with assists by Majerle and Newman.
The two Little Falls goals in the third period were scored by Austin Bjorge and Newman. August Maciej and Mark Anez assisted on the Bjorge goal. Majerle and Taylor Kottschade picked up assists on the Newman goal.
Kyle Kennedy was the MBA goalie and he accumulated 19 saves. Michael Stumpf worked in goal for Little Falls and his save total was 18.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org