Shooting woes hurt Tigers in regional loss

WEYAUWEGA – Poor shooting plagued the Howards Grove Tigers as they fell to Weyauwega- Fremont, 52-38, in a Division 4 girls regional basketball semifinal game here Friday night.

The No. 5-seeded Tigers ended their season with a 16-8 record. The No. 4-seeded Indians lost in the finals Saturday night to No. 1-seeded Algoma, 68-44. The Indians finished 19-4.

Howards shot only 24 percent (12-for-49) from the field and 57 percent (13-for-23) at the foul line.

“The same things [on offense] that plagued us all season got the best of us again. We missed 22 shots in the paint and against this caliber of team, that is too many to overcome,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

The Tigers managed only 21 points through three quarters but held the Indians to 30. The Indians outscored Howards 22-17 in the fourth period to break the game open. Jenni Hellwig sparked the Indians’ offense in the quarter with 12 points.

Hellwig, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, hit game-high 21 points. Senior forward Hayley Rickmeier paced the Tigers with 13 and Payton Bramstedt tallied 11.

“Defensively, our press broke down in the second half and they converted for a lot of layups. We lost sight of the people behind us and they took advantage,” said Georgeff.

“Unfortunately, the thing that helped us all season was pressing and in this game it hurt us down the stretch.”

Bramstedt led Howards in steals with three and shared the lead in assists with Courtney Milz at three apiece. Amber Reinemann grabbed a team-high six rebounds, followed by Brittany Wehrmann with five.

Rickmeier led her team in blocked shots with two.

“Payton played her heart out. She attacked the basket strong, made 6 of 8 free throws, she was aggressive on defense and she passed well,” said the coach.

“This was one of her better games this season.

“Amber led us again in rebounds. That’s been her strong suit for us all season. She played great defense as well.

“We lost to an outstanding offensive team and have nothing to hang our heads about. We played hard and our seniors left it all on the floor,” Georgeff added.



Score by Quarters

HowardsGrove..........9 8417–38
Weyauwega-Fremont..13 10 7 22 – 52

Howards Grove scoring: Cassie Marver 2, Morgan Edge 2, Payton Bramstedt 11, Amber Reinemann 3, Brittany Wehrmann 7, Hayley Rickmeier 13.

Weyauwega-Fremont scoring: Maggie Knecht 4, Mariah Hulbert 7, Macey Schoenick 7, Morgan Wilson 8, Karissa Akey 5, Jenni Hellwig 21.

Three-point goals: Bramstedt 1, Hulbert 1, Schoenick 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 12-49. 24%. Free throws: Howards Grove 13- 23, 57%; Weyauwega-Fremont 12-18, 67%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 25. Turnovers: Howards Grove 12.

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