The MACA girls roared onto their home court and took care of business Friday (1/24), seizing control by halftime (up 43-23) and downing Ortonville in the end, 85-45.
The Tigers were coming off a loss to Sauk Centre the night before. On Friday the squad was humming in all categories. They now own a 9-6 overall record.
Rebekah Aanerud made three 3-pointers while Becca Holland and Nicole Strobel each made one. As a team the Tigers were five of eleven in 3's. In total field goals: 33 of 86. In freethrows: 14 of 27.
Coach Dale Henrich spread the playing time around. He and the fans were delighted to see 12 Tigers get into the scoring column - all 12 who played. It was Lauren Reimers leading the scoring list with 15 points. Nicole Strobel put in 12 points and Beth Holland eleven.
Aanerud's three-pointers put her total at nine, then we have three Tigers each scoring six points: Becca Holland, Lacee Maanum and Kaitlin Vogel. Abbie Olson scored five points followed by three Tigers each with four: Kayla Pring, Sam Henrichs and Piper Gibson. Correy Hickman added three points to the mix.
Becca Holland and Strobel co-led in rebounds, each with seven. Becca Holland led in assists with six followed by Reimers with four. In steals it was Becca Holland coming through with five followed by Reimers, Beth Holland and Olson each with three.
This was a non-conference game. Ortonville is having a decent campaign and entered the weekend at 8-6. Ortonville made five 3-pointers Friday led by Rachel Hoernermann with three. Becca Peterson made two 3-pointers. Hoernemann led the Ortonville scoring list with 19 points. Breanna Giese put in 13 points.
Sauk Centre 66, Tigers 49
MACA hosted a powerful Sauk Centre Streeter team on Thursday, Jan. 23. It was the day after a pretty powerful blizzard. Weather grew normal on Thursday and the Streeters made the trip to Motown.
Sauk came here with an 8-0 conference record. The Streeters were seeking their tenth overall win against one loss. They got it. Sauk succeeded often from three-point range - 12 times in fact - and the Streeters humbled the Tigers 66-49. Sauk owned a 31-20 lead at halftime.
Ali Peterson made six of the Sauk three-pointers and topped their scoring list with 24 points. Madison Greenwaldt and Shania Baum each made two 3's. Alea Gerhartz and Kelsey Peschel each made one '3'.
Sauk Centre made 18 total field goals and was 16 of 22 at the freethrow line.
Coach Dale Henrich's Tigers came out of the night still over .500 at 8-6. In conference: 6-2.
The teams had contrasting personalities on the court, with MACA attempting just three 3-pointers and making one. Becca Holland had the one make. They say you can live by the three-pointer and die by it. Sauk Centre summoned lots of "mo" with long-range shooting. Take a look at the numbers: Sauk had those 12 three-pointers compared with just six field goals from inside the 3-point line.
Becca Holland had the lone MACA '3' but it was her sister Beth leading the team in scoring with 19 points. Becca was No. 2 with nine points. Then came Lauren Reimers with six, Kayla Pring and Kaitlin Vogel each with four, Lacee Maanum and Abbie Olson each with three, and Nicole Strobel with one.
Maanum and Vogel co-led in rebounds with eight. Reimers led in assists with five and in steals with three. Beth Holland had three assists. Olson had two steals.
The Tigers made 17 total field goals in 60 attempts, and were 14 of 29 in freethrows.
Boys: Lac qui Parle 66, Tigers 56
The MACA boys made the trip to Eagle country of Lac qui Parle Valley Friday (1/24). This was a non-conference game. Noah Grove got hot in long-range shooting but it wasn't enough. Grove hit five 3-pointers but it was LQPV winning in the end, 66-56.
Lucas Strand was a force for the host Eagles, scoring 18 points, and teammate Kellen Kessler scored nine, all on 3-pointers. Brandon Hill stoked LQPV's cause with eight points, and this total was matched by Garrett Olson and Noah Jensen.
Hill showed a deft touch with six assists. Olson went up to block five shots. Cody Nesvold scored six points for the Eagles, Jon Nielsen had five and Austin Haas four. Nielsen made a three-pointer to complement Kessler's hot touch in that department. Jensen nabbed four rebounds, and Strand had two steals.
Noah Grove had five of the eight MACA three-pointers. Bryce Jergenson, Eric Staebler and Joey Dufault made the others. The Tigers made 22 total field goals and were four of eight in freethrows.
Grove was MACA's top scorer with 19 points, and Jergenson reached double figures too with eleven. Perhaps the LQPV defense took special measures vs. center Staebler, whose point total on this night was a cool seven. Ian Howden scored six, followed by Nathan Anderson (4), Riley Biesterfeld (3), Dufault (3), CJ Nagel (2) and Jacob Zosel (1).
Morris Area Chokio Alberta owns a 5-11 overall record. LQPV fans were most pleased to see their team's win Friday, as wins have been scarce for them (four thus far, against 12 losses).
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org