Tigers hold on to notch third straight win

GIRLS BASKETBALL

VALDERS – The Howards Grove Tigers struggled late but hung on for a 38-35 nonconference girls basketball win over host Valders Tuesday night.

HGHS, which has won three in a row, upped its record to 10-3. The Vikings slipped to 7-4.

Sophomore guard Brittany Schaller hit two free throws at the end of the game which gave HGHS a 38-35 lead and helped seal the win. Valders had outscored the Tigers 9-5 in the fourth quarter before Schaller’s free throws.

The Tigers built a 25-14 halftime lead but were outscored 21-13 in the second half.

Schaller led HGHS in scoring with 14 points, hitting 6-for-11 from the field for 55 percent. Schaller exploded for eight points in the first period to spark her team to a 14-8 lead. Sam Yancy had a team-high five rebounds. Morgan Edge led the Tigers in assists with three and Kaitlynn Near had a team-best three steals.

“Things got a little ugly in the fourth quarter and we made some questionable decisions but found a way to hang on for the win,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff. “We shot 37 percent from the field which isn’t great but defensively we did a good job staying in front of their cutters and rebounded well overall.

“Kaitlynn did a great job limiting their leading scorer [on the season], Conner Grall, to just six points. Her defense against her was excellent,” said Georgeff.

HOWARDS GROVE
38
VALDERS
35

Score by Quarters
HowardsGrove.........1411 6 7–38
Valders........................8 6 12 9 – 35

Howards Grove scoring: Kaitlynn Near 2, Brittany Schaller 14, Olivia Stauss 2, Morgan Edge 5, Lyndsay Peterson 5, Sam Yancy 3, Taylor Bubolz 4, Addi Gerber 3. Three-point goals: Peterson 1.

Valders scoring: Conner Grall 6, Lauren Stenzel 2, Morgan Kelly 1, Danessa Buck 7, Alyssa Johnson 6, Abby Egan 1, Alissa Wagner 8, Michiela Schwoerer 4. Three-point goals: Grall 1.

Free throws: Howards Grove 9-11, 82%; Valders 6-14, 43%.


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