Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta improves to 3-2 with a 52-50 non-conference win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Monday night at home.
At halftime it appeared the class A Warriors could upset the class AA Tigers, but a second-half rally turned the game around.
"We had a fight on our hands and we were fortunate to come away with the win," said Tiger coach Ken Gagner.
"I thought we came out real flat," said Gagner. "We just didn't seem to have any energy and our defense was slow."
The Warriors' Tracie Boehmlehner hit five three pointers in the first half to help Wheaton build a nine-point lead.
"We talked about cranking it up a notch at half-time if we wanted to get back in this game and the ladies did respond," Gagner said.
Going into the second half down 29-20, the Tigers switched to a one-on-one defense that limited the sophomore guard Boehmlehner to four free throws and a 20-point game.
The Warriors had a chance to tie but missed two free throws with under a second left.
Mary Rentz shot a career-high 17 free throws on the night - cashing in on 11. She scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half to spearhead the Tigers' comeback.
Jenna Nelson got seven of her 10 points in the second-half comeback.
Nicole Gillespie nabbed nine rebounds, while Kelsey Greenwaldt grabbed seven.
The Tigers managed a sweep on the night, as all three teams pulled out wins.