Tiger girls move to 4-0
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls' basketball team remained undefeated picking up two home victories over Paynesville and Milbank, S.D.
Megan Dierks scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to help the Tigers cruise to an easy 81-36 victory over Paynesville Friday night at Morris Area.
"Paynesville is definitely rebuilding and playing several young kids," said Tiger coach Ken Gagner. "We were able to take advantage and control the game from start to finish.
"It was great to see ten players hit the scoring column and all the players were able to contribute quality minutes," added Gagner. "This was a game that we were supposed to win and the kids took care of business."
Nicole Gillespie and Jenna Nelson were also in double digits with 12 points apiece.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Stefanie Strobel and Alissa Melberg, each with nine points, Mary Rentz with seven, Kelsey Amundson with six, Heather Gagner and Erin Schieler with three each, and Kelly Ritter with two.
Gillespie hit 6-of-8 free throws, while the Tigers as a whole were 60 percent at the line.
Overall, the Tigers were shooting at 51.56 percent from the field.
Gillespie led at the boards with nine rebounds. Melberg grabbed seven boards.
Nelson was credited with seven assists, while Ritter had five.
Amundson had seven steals from the Bulldogs.
Both teams got off to a slow start with Milbank leading 10-8 after ten minutes of play, but the Tigers took the lead for good at 11-10 with just under six minutes to go in the half.
"Neither team shot very well in this game, especially Milbank at 22 percent, which helped us to slowly extend our lead," said Gagner.
"I was happy that our kids kept working hard and taking advantage of the fast break to get a few easy points.
The Tigers shot at 35.85 percent overall.
"Our rebounding was much improved in the second half and I think that ended up to be a big difference in the game.
"Jenna Nelson, Mary Rentz, and Nicole Gillespie made some timely second half shots that put the game out of reach," added Gagner. "Kelly Ritter made great use of her time on the court with two hits in the first half, one off an offensive put back."
"Over all it was a good, hard fought win," concluded Gagner.
Dierks had 13 points and Nelson had 11 to lead the Tigers in the scoring column.
Also scoring were Rentz with nine, Gillespie with eight, Melberg with five, Ritter with four, and Amundson with one.
Dierks grabbed nine rebounds, while Gillespie had seven.
Strobel led in the assist column with five.