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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)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

An upbeat Tuesday in MACA basketball

Tiger basketball gave us a shot of winning excitement Tuesday night (1/6) to offset the sub-zero temperature blues. I'm writing this on Wednesday morning when the weather isn't fit for man or beast.
The MACA girls got up to .500 with a win over Benson. Meanwhile the boys were taking care of business versus Paynesville. The boys, too, ascended to the .500 plane.
Girls: Tigers 87, Benson 35
What an incredible one-sided win! Coach Dale Henrich's squad came out of Tuesday with a 5-5 season record, 4-2 in conference. There was never any suspense. MACA owned a 49-19 lead at halftime.
The Braves of Benson are having a winless season. The final score of 87-35 builds strong optimism among Tiger fans as we plunge into the post-holidays phase of the schedule.
Click on the link below to read about the Tigers' win over Milbank on Monday. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
The Tigers made 35 of 73 field goal tries in the win over Benson. In freethrows the numbers were 11 of 19.
Three-point shots were a prime weapon for coach Henrich's crew. MACA fans were excited to see four different Tigers succeed from three-point range. Becca Holland and Tracy Meichsner each succeeded twice from beyond the arc. Piper Gibson and Correy Hickman each made one long-ranger.
In scoring, Holland and Hickman topped the MACA list, each with 15 points. Meichsner and Lauren Reimers each put in 13. Four Tigers each had a point total of six: Courtney Storck, Lacee Maanum, Moira McNally and Kayla Pring. Gibson had five points and Sam Henrichs contributed two.
The Willmar newspaper was unable to collect info on rebounds, assists and steals.
Benson has an 0-9 season record. Hannah Ricard broke into double figures with her ten points. Overall the offensive story was bleak for the Braves. Krista Motzko and Amanda Nissen each scored six points. Addie Forbord had three points, and these Braves each had two: Danielle Himley, Presley Gonnerman, Samantha Payne and Rachell Lee. These totals add up to 33 points, not 35, but this is how the Willmar newspaper reported it. Such discrepancies are common in that paper.
Forbord supplied a nice little offensive highlight for Benson, making a 3-pointer. Payne and Ricard each had four rebounds.
The Tigers are on the road versus Paynesville tonight (Thursday).
Boys: Tigers 54, Paynesville 51
The boys' story on Tuesday was quite suspenseful in contrast with the girls. Coach Mark Torgerson's squad really had to earn this win over a gritty Paynesville team.
Noah Grove sank a clutch 3-point shot from the corner with under 20 seconds remaining. The shot put the Tigers up by one point, at 52-51. Grove stayed in his clutch groove, making two freethrows with two seconds remaining after the Bulldogs had committed a turnover. The freethrows cinched the win. It was MACA's sixth win of the season against six losses. In conference the numbers are 2-5.
Grove had a point total of eleven in the 54-51 Tuesday win. He dished out six assists too. The orange and black had 21 made field goals in 53 attempts. In freethrows the stats were six of nine.
Eric Staebler worked to his double-double by making three shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Grove had two long-range successes, and Robert Rohloff had one. Staebler worked aggressively to collect 12 rebounds. Sean Amundson had three steals.
Staebler's 31 points gave lots of juice for the victory. Grove with his eleven points was followed by Rohloff (5), Riley Biesterfeld (3), C.J. Nagel (2) and Andrew Goulet (2).
The Bulldogs were 20 of 46 in shooting from the field, and four of eleven in freethrows. Mitchell Weidner made three 3-pointers and finished with the team-best 17 points. Tucker Wendroth and Hayden Hengel each made one '3'. Brandon Schleper and Matthew Quade each scored eight points.
Three Bulldogs each scored five points: Wendroth, Toby Flannigan and Hengel. Travis Hieserich scored two points and Alex Kranz one. Quade had nine rebounds and Schleper seven. Quade set the pace in assists for the Bulldogs with seven. Weidner led his squad in steals with two.
Coach Torgerson's Tigers will visit Ortonville tonight (Thursday). Viva Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys and girls basketball for 2015!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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