Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta suffered its fourth conference loss 51-48 to Montevideo in West Central South girls' basketball action Tuesday at home.
The Tigers dropped into a second-place tie with Benson in the conference standings at 10-4.
"We took the lead early in the game at 10-4 and just never seemed to have any energy after that point," said coach Ken Gagner. "Despite not playing their best, the Tigers were able to take a 48-47 lead with just under two minutes to play when Mary Rentz hit one of two free throws. This came after Jenna Nelson buried her only three of the game to tie the score at 47."
The Tigers would get no closer. Beka Schwendemann sank two free throws with 13 seconds left to seal Montevideo's lead.
"It was disappointing because we put the Thunder on the line three times in the last minute and gave up offensive rebounds on the first two misses."
The Tigers got off a last second shot but to no avail.
The Tiger B and C squads both defeated the Thunder in preliminary action.
The Tigers' final two games involve conference play. They travel to Grove City on Friday night, and finish at home on Feb. 23 against rival Minnewaska.
Nicole Gillespie's 12 points and seven rebounds paced the Tigers. Jenna Nelson followed with 10 points.
Brooke Tastad sank three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Montevideo. Schwendemann added 12 points and six assists. Karrissa Larson pulled down 10 rebounds