Tigers roll, go to 8-0 in CLC play

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Matt Kraus
Review Co respondent


OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove drives to the basket against Kaylee DeRuyter of Cedar Grove-Belgium in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove drives to the basket against Kaylee DeRuyter of Cedar Grove-Belgium in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers’ girls basketball team improved its firstplace Central Lakeshore Conference record to 8-0 (11-4 overall) on Tuesday night after a 41-17 rout over the visiting Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets.

Cedar Grove fell to 2-7 in conference play (4-9 overall).

Nicole Veldhorst opened the scoring as Cedar Grove took a 2-0 lead two minutes into the game; and maintained the lead until Morgan Edge put the Tigers on the board a minute and a half later to even the score.

Cedar Grove’s zone defense forced the Tigers to be patient on offense as they worked the ball inside and scored all of their firsthalf points in the lane en route to an 8-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.


LYNDSAY PETERSON of Howards Grove skies for a rebound in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game versus Cedar Grove-Belgium. The Rockets’ Autumn Beutel (4) and Isabella Daniels, and the Tigers’ Brittany Schaller look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller LYNDSAY PETERSON of Howards Grove skies for a rebound in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game versus Cedar Grove-Belgium. The Rockets’ Autumn Beutel (4) and Isabella Daniels, and the Tigers’ Brittany Schaller look on. – Photo by Terry Schaller “We see a lot of zone [defense], so we have to be patient and value our possessions,” said HGHS head coach Heidi Georgeff.

The Rockets would get no closer than a 10-6 deficit early in the second quarter as the Tigers continued to drive to the basket and convert field goals or draw a foul. Howards converted four of eight free throws to open a 21-9 lead at halftime.

The second half saw the emergence of Ellie Kaat for the Rockets, as the Cedar Grove worked the ball to her in the low post. Kaat finished the game with a team high eight points, all in the second half, and six blocked shots.

“I thought she [Kaat] had more points. We had to change our defense to play behind her,” said Georgeff.

After the defensive change the Tigers helped down low when Kaat got the ball, had three steals in the fourth quarter and did not give up an offensive rebound while opening up a 35-17 lead.

Although the Tigers gave up three offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter, Cedar Grove scored its final two points with 6:46 remaining in the game. Howards scored the final six points of the game.

“Defensively, you always have to be happy when you give up less than 20 points,” said Georgeff.

Olivia Stauss led the Tigers in scoring with 11 points while Brittany Schaller and Edge contributed nine apiece.

Schaller added four steals and two assists to lead HGHS. Edge, Sarah Lillesand and Kaitlyn Near also had two assists each.

Addi Gerber grabbed a teamhigh seven rebounds and Sam Yancy added five for HGHS. Yancy also had three steals.

CEDAR GROVE
17
HOWARDS GROVE
41

Score by Quarters
CedarGrove...............4 56 2–17
Howards Grove..........8 13 9 11 – 41

Cedar Grove scoring: Autumn Beutel 4, Ellie Kaat 8, Nicole Veldhorst 3, Kaylee DeRuyter 2.

Howards Grove scoring: Brittany Schaller 9, Morgan Edge 9, Lyndsay Peterson 4, Sam Yancy 5, Kaitlynn Near 1, Olivia Stauss 11, Sarah Lillesand 2. Three-point goals: Edge 1, Schaller 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 17-47, 36%. Free throws: Cedar Grove 1-4, 25%; Howards Grove 5-13, 38%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 21. Turnovers: Howards Grove 7.


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