Tigers dominate in BEC Tourney debut

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


ADDI GERBER of Howards Grove shoots over Manitowoc Lutheran’s Abby Hiller during Tuesday night’s BEC Basketball Tournament game. Gerber scored a career-high 17 points. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ADDI GERBER of Howards Grove shoots over Manitowoc Lutheran’s Abby Hiller during Tuesday night’s BEC Basketball Tournament game. Gerber scored a career-high 17 points. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – A fast start sparked the top-seeded Howards Grove Tigers to a 56-33 rout over visiting Manitowoc Lutheran in the second round of the Big East Conference Girls Basketball Tournament Tuesday night.

The Tigers upped their record to 17-2 and ran their winning streak to nine. HGHS will host No. 4-seeded Sheboygan Christian in the semifnals Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game Saturday at Lakeland College at 7 p.m.

The No 8-seeded Lutheran Lancers fell to 10-10.

HGHS jumped out to a 7-0 lead only 1:30 into the game, led by Addi Gerber’s five points. Geber started the game with a threepointer, followed by Brittany Schaller’s driving layup and Gerber’s layup.


PAIGE SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove looks for an open teammate under pressure from Manitowoc Lutheran’s Hannah Schleis (left) and Madeline Schleis in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tournament game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PAIGE SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove looks for an open teammate under pressure from Manitowoc Lutheran’s Hannah Schleis (left) and Madeline Schleis in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tournament game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Tigers ended the first half with a 12-4 run to build a 29-14 halftime lead. Schaller’s short jumper at the buzzer capped off the spurt. Schaller had a team-high four points during the run.

HGHS showed good patience on offense in the first half which led to several close-range baskets. Gerber’s nine points led the Tigers’ attack in the opening half. The Tigers’ defense put good pressure on the Lancers’ offense which resulted in few uncontested shots.

The Tigers were in control of the game the entire second half. Junior forwards Sam Yancy and Gerber keyed the team’s offense in the half with nine and eight points, respectively.

Gerber, who scored most of her points in the game on strong moves to the basket, finished with a careerbest 17 points to lead a well-balanced HGHS attack. Yancy hit 13 points, followed by Schaller and Kaitlynn Near with 10 each.

“This is a big win. We played well,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“They’re really young but have a lot of talent and can play with anyone, so getting off to a 7-0 lead was huge for us because we had to set the tempo right away. We got them on their heels a little to start the game.

“We dictated what we wanted to do on offense and what we wanted them to do on offense with our defense. We do a good job of talking and rotating [on defense].

“They do a good job of rebounding. We didn’t give them second shots which was huge. Our guard Ashley Reinemann had 11 rebounds,” said Georgeff.

“We played really well together,” said Gerber. “We moved the ball around really well and made shots when they counted.

“It felt good [to contribute on of- fense so well]. I drove [to the basket] and made them.

“Our defense was really good and helped us a lot. Our defense has improved a lot since the first game,” said Gerber.

“Addi is a spark for us,” said Georgeff. “She took the ball to the basket very strong. She is our best outside shooter. She has been very consistent for us.

“Brittany hit some big shots in the first half to help us pull away. Sam is always playing tough [on offense and defense], and getting rebounds and playing good defense,” added Georgeff.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Lancers won the JV tournament game, 36-28, behind freshman Madison Gorte’s 21 points, including 13 in the second half.

Emma Dehne paced HGHS in scoring with seven, followed by Kayla Bender and Sara Marten with six each.

The Tigers lost their BEC regular season finale to Sheboygan Lutheran, 34-29, Thursday night. Bender led HGHS scorers with nine.


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