The MACA girls picked up steam to gain victory in Sting country of Yellow Medicine East.
The teams arrived at the halfway mark with the score tied 40-40. The critical stretch immediately followed. Coach Dale Henrich's Tigers took charge to start the second half. The Tigers went on an 8-0 run.
MACA would outscore the Sting 40-20 in the second half. So, the final was 80-60 with MACA getting its fifth win of the season. MACA came out of the night at 5-5 in won-lost.
The win over YME was on Thursday (1/9) at the YME court.
MACA looks quite good in conference, owning a 4-1 record entering the weekend. YME is below .500 in its fortunes thus far.
Five three-pointers fueled the MACA winning cause. Becca Holland sank two of those and finished with a team-best 18 points. Beth Holland was right behind with her 17 points and she sank one long-ranger. Nicole Strobel and Lauren Reimers each made a 3-pointer.
The Tigers had 33 total field goals and were nine of 19 at the freethrow line.
The Holland sisters were joined on the double figures scoring list by Reimers (15) and Lacee Maanum (10). Strobel was a hair's breadth from double figures with her nine points. Kayla Pring scored six points, Rebekah Aanerud three and Kaitlin Vogel two.
Becca Holland and Maanum each collected five rebounds while Reimers had four. Strobel dished out five assists to lead there. Becca Holland had nine steals, followed by Reimers and Beth Holland each with four.
Yellow Medicine East made two 3-pointers thanks to Jordan Hinz and Alexis Peters. Chyanne Sand led the YME scoring with 18 points. Sand had five steals.
Boys hoops: Monte 68, Tigers 44
The Tigers' bubble burst on Friday (1/10), here, as Montevideo showed the upper hand. The MACA boys were brought back down to earth by the Thunder Hawks.
The Tigers had won three straight. They lost 68-44 Friday. Montevideo came out of the night at 8-4 in overall, 5-1 in conference.
The Thunder Hawks made their big push in the second half. Morris Area Chokio Alberta actually led at halftime, 29-28. Monte must have drawn up some adjustments for the second half. They came out with the clear upper hand and outscored the orange and black crew, 40-15.
The tone was set at the start of second half play, as Montevideo made a couple 3-pointers. Jordan Thompson had the hot hand for Monte. Jordan made five total 3's among the team total eight. Monte was eight of 17 in 3-pointers and 28 of 47 in total field goals.
Troy Diggins made two 3-pointers and Jimmy Haff one. Thompson and Diggins each scored 21 points to pace Monte. Dazhown Coleman had four assists and eight steals to lead in those categories. Spencer Hildahl was the top Monte rebounder with four.
The Tigers were sharp in three-point shooting, making five of nine. Noah Grove was sharp with his four 3-point makes. Eric Staebler had the other '3'. Staebler's 14 rebounds put him atop that list, and his two steals led also. Grove dished out four assists.
The Tigers were 15 of 39 in total field goals and nine of 13 in freethrows. Grove's 3-pointers lifted him to the top of MACA's scoring with 19 points. Staebler put in 16 points.
Jordan Arbach scored three points followed by these Tigers with two each: Trent Wulf, Riley Biesterfeld and C.J. Nagel.
The MACA boys enter this week with a 3-9 overall record, 1-5 conference.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com