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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)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Girls roll over Benson, boys fall at WCA

Prep sports can keep our spirits high when the mid-winter blahs might be setting in.
The MACA cagers have been busy. The girls were sizzling with their performance on the court on Monday, Feb. 3. Coach Dale Henrich's Tigers hosted Benson and won 76-17. Wow! The boys weren't so fortunate playing at West Central Area on Saturday. The outcome for coach Mark Torgerson's boys was a 61-55 loss.
The wrestlers were also busy Saturday at Alexandria for the Big Ole Invite. The ice sport has been abuzz.
Click on the permalink below to read a post on my "Morris of Course" site that includes coverage of MAHACA wrestling. That post also includes a review of the boys hoops win at BOLD, and the MBA boys hockey win over Worthington. Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Girls: Tigers 76, Benson 17
The final score says it all with regard to the Tigers' dominance.
The MACA defense strangled the Braves in the second half, limiting them to seven points. Coach Henrich must really be molding a stingy defense. MACA scored 40 points in the first half and 36 in the second.
MACA didn't need three-pointers in creating cushion on the scoreboard. We had just one successful '3' and this was by Lauren Reimers. Lauren also topped the Morris Area Chokio Alberta scoring list. Her total was 15.
The Holland sisters joined Lauren in double figures: Becca had 12 and Beth had 11. Kayla Pring scored eight points, Abbie Olson seven, and Nicole Strobel and Rebekah Aanerud six each. Lacee Maanum added five points to the mix, Kaitlin Vogel four and Correy Hickman two.
Reimers was a leader across the stat categories. She led in rebounds with seven and assists with five, and was co-leader in steals with Becca Holland, each with four. Maanum had six rebounds.
The Tigers were 34 of 69 in total field goals, one of four in 3's and seven of eight in freethrows.
Krista Motzko led Benson's scoring with six points. Cyra Carlson and Hannah Ricard each scored four, Presley Gonnerman had two and Jessica Goff one. Motzko made a '3'.
Benson was just five of 27 in total field goals.
Boys: West Central Area 61, Tigers 55
The Knights of West Central Area took to their home court with a determined look Saturday. Each team had played the night before. The Tigers beat BOLD the night before.
Would the Tigers or Knights show more resilience on Saturday? Coach Mark Torgerson felt it was the Knights who showed a little more energy, so it was the Knights winning 61-55.
Torgerson lamented the hole his team dug for itself. The loss left the team's record at 7-12.
On this day the Tigers shot just 39 per cent and made just four 3-pointers in 22 tries.
Hunter Pfingsten and Dakotah Kashmark came at the Tigers with an effective outside game for West Central Area. Jay Zimmerman was potent inside. It was Zimmerman leading the Knights in scoring with 20 points. The two outside guys scored around 15. Indeed these three Knight standouts took a toll for MACA.
MACA couldn't achieve the balance it wanted. Zimmerman was on a tear in the first half, scoring 16 of his game-total 20 points. At times the Tigers seemed "a step slow" on defense, Torgerson noted.
Pfingsten came off the bench to be a thorn in the Tigers' side in the second half. Twice he made timely three-pointers for the Knights.
"We had our chances," coach Torgerson said, "but shot after shot failed to connect. Our press in the game's final minutes was effective at times, but we couldn't counter enough on the offensive end to overtake the Knight lead."
WCA came out of the day with nifty 12-5 won-lost numbers.
Eric Staebler led MACA with 25 points scored. Noah Grove put in 19, Nathan Anderson 6, Jacob Zosel four and Bryce Jergenson one. Grove was three of eight in 3-point shots. Staebler made one of his seven tries from beyond the three-point arc.
Zosel produced five assists and three steals, and Riley Beisterfeld had one shot block. Staebler collected 14 rebounds to lead there.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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