Eagles rally to hand Tigers first loss

by Matt Kraus Review Co respondent


ASHLEY REINEMANN of Howards Grove guards Sheboygan Christian’s Hannah Modahl in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller ASHLEY REINEMANN of Howards Grove guards Sheboygan Christian’s Hannah Modahl in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers hosted the Sheboygan Christian Eagles in Big East Conference girls basketball Friday night and saw a 12-point lead with four minutes to play slip away to the first loss of the season.

The Tigers, 3-1 in conference play (4-1 overall), struggled from the free-throw line, shooting only 50 percent (16 of 32) for the night, including 5 of 13 down the stretch.

“We normally shoot 60 percent from the free-throw line. That would have been enough tonight,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

The Eagles improved to 3-0 in conference play (5-0 overall) on the strength of 31 points from senior guard Hannah Modahl, including 13 of the Eagles’ 21 points in the final four minutes. Christian is second in the BEC behind Hilbert (4-0).


PAIGE SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove dribbles around Sheboygan Christian’s Kaitlyn LeMahieu in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller PAIGE SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove dribbles around Sheboygan Christian’s Kaitlyn LeMahieu in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller After Modahl drove to the hoop and tied the score at 53-53, the Tigers committed a turnover with 11 seconds remaining.

Modahl then drove the length of the court and capped the Eagles’ comeback on an 8-foot baseline leaner, giving the Eagles a 55-53 lead. Brittany Schaller’s desperation heave from three-quarter court was deflected as the final buzzer sounded.

The Tigers exited the locker room from the halftime break with a 25-19 lead and looked energized. Schaller opened the half with a steal and layup.

Moments later, junior forward Addi Gerber hit a three-pointer to give the Tigers a nine-point lead but Modahl responded with a three of her own. Sam Yancy scored from the paint for an eight-point Tiger lead.

The Tigers had an opportunity to break the game open but two missed free throws and a drive by Modahl cut the Tigers’ lead to six. At the 15-minute mark, freshman forward Lauren Ten- Dolle scored following an offensive rebound and the Tiger lead was down to four. Two missed free throws by the Eagles kept the lead at four and the Tigers responded with a 10-3 run over the next seven minutes to open an 11-point lead.

Following a Christian timeout, Gerber committed her fourth foul, joining Yancy who was on the Tigers bench after committing her fourth foul with 11 minutes remaining.

The Tigers were able to increase their lead to 12 points in the three minutes following Gerber’s foul but the Eagles took advantage of Tiger mistakes in the final four minutes.

“We had to go to a 2-3 zone after the fourth fouls on Sam [Yancy] and Addisyn [Gerber] and Modahl dribbled through us.”

“We had a couple of costly turnovers late because we weren’t able to get the ball in the hands of our ball handlers,” said Georgeff.

Yancy scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a team-high four shots before fouling out with 36 seconds remaining.

Schaller, the Tigers’ leading scorer this season, was held to 10 points but contributed a team high five assists. Gerber led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

“She [Gerber] played a good game all around. She was a presence inside on offense and defense. She was our best player tonight,” said Georgeff.


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