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Tigers fall to Dutchmen at Melrose

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The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls’ basketball team dropped to 12-3 in West Central Conference play with a 53-51 loss to Melrose Thursday.

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The Dutchmen rallied from a near double-digit deficit late to improve to 6-7 in the conference. Emily Goerdt scored on a layup with 15 seconds remaining after getting set up from a Tayler Reller pass to break a 51-51 tie for Melrose.

The Tigers got off a couple of shots afterward, but the clock ran out on the visitors.

“For the first time in a long time our defense let us down,” explained coach Dale Henrich. “We seemed confused at times and couldn’t stop the Dutchmen’s drive.

“Like in our last meeting we put them on the free-throw line too often and they connected on six shots in the second half, where we only got four throws for the entire game.”

MaKenzie Smith scored 19 points, Katie Holzheimer had 12 — on four three pointers — and Beth Holland added 10. Becca Holland grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists.

Reller led Melrose with 15 points and Goerdt finished with 14 to go along with her game-high 11 rebounds.

Melrose 53, Morris/C-A 51

Morris/C-A 25 26 — 51

Melrose 27 26 — 53

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 22-66 FG (4-13 3-pt); 3-4 FT; 37 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: MaKenzie Smith 19, Beth Holland 10, Becca Holland 6, Katie Holzheimer 12, Nicole Strobel 2, Abbie Olson 2; 3-point shots: Holzheimer 4; Rebounds: Becca Holland 10, Olson 7, Smith 6, Beth Holland 5, Kaitlin Vogel 4, Strobel 3, Holzheimer 2; Assists: Becca Holland 4, Beth Holland 3, Holzheimer 2, Strobel 2, Olson 2, Smith 1, Courtney Gades 1; Steals: Strobel 4, Smith 1, Becca Holland 1, Holzheimer 1, Vogel 1

MELROSE – 21-39 FG (2-9 3-pt); 9-15 FT; 24 rebounds; 11 fouls; Scoring: Tayler Reller 15, Emily Goerdt 14, Gabi Sawyer 8, Justine Revermann 5, Torri Reller 9, Sheila Poepping 2; 3-point shots: To. Reller 2; Rebound leaders: Goerdt 11; Assist leaders: none; Steal leaders: none

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