Tigers drop opener in tough road test

FOND DU LAC – The Howards Grove Tigers had a tough challenge Tuesday night facing the host St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers in both teams’ girls basketball season opener.

Springs cruised to a 48-19 nonconference victory but Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff is confident her team will bounce back. The game was a rematch of last year’s Division 4 regional semifinals which Springs won. The Ledgers return some key players from that team which was a

Score by Quarters HowardsGrove.......3 9 4 3–19 St. M. Springs........12 13 11 12 – 48

Howards Grove scoring: Kaitlynn Near 2, Addi Gerber 1, Brittany Schaller 4, Olivia Stauss 3, Morgan Edge 4, Sam Yancy 5.

St. Mary’s Springs scoring: Destiny Ottery 6, Melissa Ringwell 2, Liz Bohn 2, Melanie Schneider 11, Paige Case 2, Emily Mueller 3, Kelli Schrauth 12, Anja Smith 10. Three-point goals: Schneider 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 7-41, 17%; Free throws: Howards Grove 5-11, 45%; St. Mary’s Springs 11-18, 61%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 28. Turnovers: Howards Grove 30. regional champion.

“Your first game is always tough, especially when you are an inexperienced team but to have to play one of, if not, your toughest opponents [of the season] on your first night out is not ideal,” said Georgeff.

“We didn’t make good decisions and we didn’t hit shots we needed to.

“The bottom line is that Springs is a much better team than we are right now but it’s a long season and this is only game one. We will bounce back from this,” she said.

The Tigers shot only 17 percent from the field and committed a whopping 30 turnovers.

HGHS had zero players with more than five points. Morgan Edge led in steals with three. Taylor Bubolz had a team-high two assists. Sam Yancy and Lyndsay Peterson were first in rebounds with three each.

HOWARDS GROVE
19

ST. MARY’S SPRINGS
48


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