The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls stayed perfect at home with a 56-52 conference win over Yellow Medicine East Saturday in a game that had been rescheduled due to the cold on Friday. The Tigers improve to 5-2 on the season and are 3-1 in the West Central Conference South.
"This was a good win for us," said coach Ken Gagner. "YME is a solid team that plays very physical basketball. They pound you on the boards and there is a lot of contact all over the place.
"I was proud of the way our ladies adjusted to the style of play and hung in there during a hard-fought battle."
The Tigers trailed most of the first half until Jenna Nelson drained a three-pointer right before the buzzer to give them a 26-24 lead.
"That was a big boost for us going into the locker room," said Gagner.
Senior forward Mary Rentz scored 12 of her game-high 17 in the second half, including a key drive to the basket that gave the Tigers a four-point lead with under two minutes to go.
Nicole Gillespie added 14 points and Nelson finished with 13 points.
Nelson led the Tigers with eight rebounds and five assists.
"Gillespie had her usual solid night and Sarah Kuhn, Kelsey Greenwaldt, Shadow Olson, and Erin Schieler were very consistent - doing all the little things that help you win a game," added Gagner.
The Tiger B-squad also defeated the Sting.
The Tiger C-squad played earlier in the day taking third place in the Fergus Falls Tournament.
The Tigers begin a six-game run in the next 12 days, starting Tuesday hosting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.