Yancy leads Tigers to rout in BEC play

BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove attempts to score on a fast break as an unidentified Random Lake player defends in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller

BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove attempts to score on a fast break as an unidentified Random Lake player defends in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller

RANDOM LAKE – Junior forward Sam Yancy’s team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds sparked the Howards Grove Tigers to a 68-46 drubbing of Random Lake in a girls basketball match-up here Friday night.

The Tigers hiked their Big East Conference record to 8-1 (11-2 overall). HGHS is tied for second in the BEC with Oostburg, one-half game behind first-place Sheboygan Christian which is 8-0.

Random Lake fell to 1-8 in the BEC (3-10 overall).

HGHS had a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Addi Gerber tallied 15 points, followed by Brittany Schaller with 11 and Olivia Stauss, 10. Gerber was an outstanding 7-for-9 from the field for 78 percent.

The Tigers broke the game open in the second half by outscoring the Rams 38-26 after leading 30- 20 at halftime. Schaller and Gerber spearheaded the Tigers’ offense in the final half with nine points each, followed by Stauss with eight.


SAM YANCY, Howards Grove forward, drives to the basket past Random Lake’s Kendra Bullard in Friday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller SAM YANCY, Howards Grove forward, drives to the basket past Random Lake’s Kendra Bullard in Friday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller “We struggled a bit in the first half finding our rhythm on both sides of the ball. Yancy had a nice first half on 6-for-11 [field-goal] shooting and 14 points,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“Towards the end of the half we started clicking and we able to continue that into the second half.”

Yancy erupted for 14 points in the first half to ignite the HGHS offense.

Ashley Reinemann led the Tigers in assists with six. Schaller dished out five and Kaitlynn Near had four. Leading the team in steals with two each were Schaller, Yancy, Near and Gerber.

Yancy also led HGHS in blocked shots with two. Reinemann and Gerber contributed eight and seven boards, respectively.

“The offensive spark from Addi Gerber again really made a difference in this game. She’s playing so well for us right now,” said Georgeff.

“Ashley Reinemann also came out strong offensively, chipping in eight points, and really ran the floor, passed and rebounded well.

“Olivia Stauss also hit some nice shots and had some nice drives to the hoop. We are just very balanced offensively right now and it is very encouraging.

“Defensively, we switched to mostly zone for three-fourths of the game. Random Lake has some athletic kids and they love attacking the middle, so we were able to pack it in and limit some of that type of scoring,” said the coach.

“As a team I thought we rebounded really well which is a statistic we always try to win.”

Kylie Armstrong paced the Rams in scoring with 18, including 11 in the second half.


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