Schaller ignites Tigers to victory in opener


BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, scores over Kiel’s Cassandra Schweitzer (14) and Josie Binversie in Thursday night’s basketball game. Looking on are Kiel’s Tasha Rabe and the Tigers’ Sam Yancy. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, scores over Kiel’s Cassandra Schweitzer (14) and Josie Binversie in Thursday night’s basketball game. Looking on are Kiel’s Tasha Rabe and the Tigers’ Sam Yancy. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Junior guard Brittany Schaller had a career-high 12 steals and hit 18 points to spark the Howards Grove Tigers to a 52-45 girls basketball win over Kiel here Thursday night.

The nonconference game was the season opener for the Tigers. The Raiders slipped to 1-1.

The Tigers’ pressing defense was outstanding as it played a key role in racking up an impressive 22 steals. Kiel had 25 turnovers.

A balanced attack was also crucial for HGHS which had three players scoring in double figures. Junior forward Sam Yancy and junior guard/forward Olivia Stauss contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively. Yancy scored 10 points in the second half.

“We executed our game plan well – to extend full-court pressure to limit their overwhelming size advantage,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“I am extremely proud of the condition we were in for the first game of the season that we were able to press them all game. We gave up a lot of three-pointers in order to cover the post and they made some but overall I felt like the plan worked as their ‘big three’ posts had less than 20 points combined.”

Kiel’s post players, Cassandra Schweitzer, Tasha Rabe and Sierra Schobert, combined for only 16 points.

“Brittany Schaller had a double double in points and steals. She’s excellent in the press. Offensively, she played well tonight and kept attacking the basket,” said Georgeff.

Schaller scored 10 points, including two layups off her steals, to lead the Tigers to a 23-22 halftime lead.

The Raiders grabbed a 29-26 lead after Sara Winkel buried a three-pointer with 13:50 left. The Tigers then outscored Kiel 26-16 the rest of the way.

“With Yancy battling foul trouble the first half, I thought Addi Gerber came in and really stepped up for us,” said Georgeff.

“Overall, our offense was balanced.”

Schaller dished out a teamhigh five assists. Yancy had four steals. Gerber led the Tigers in rebounds with eight and Ashley Reinemann pulled down six.

HGHS outscored the Raiders 15-8 at the foul line.

Winkel, a senior guard, keyed Kiel’s offense with 16 points. Sydnee Pieper led in boards with 10.


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