Tigers edge Eagles in overtime battle

by Matt Kraus
Review Co respondent

KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove pressures Sheboygan Christian’s Ashley Flipse in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tournament semifinals. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove pressures Sheboygan Christian’s Ashley Flipse in Thursday’s BEC Basketball Tournament semifinals. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – On Dec. 11, the Howards Grove girls basketball team gave up a 12-point lead in the final four minutes to the Sheboygan Christian Eagles for the Tigers’ only loss of the Big East Conference season.

Thursday night the Tigers once again hosted the Eagles, this time in the semifinals of the inaugural Big East Conference Tournament, and looking to avenge the loss. The Tigers rallied for a 44-37 overtime win.

“Tonight we were on a mission. Everyone was pumped up,” said Tiger acting head coach Wade Georgeff.

Georgeff was filling in for his wife, Heidi, who underwent gall bladder surgery Wednesday.

The top-seeded Tigers trailed the fourth-seeded Eagles 30-23 with 6:15 remaining. Over the next 1:15, the Tigers went 4 of 6 from the freethrow line and junior guard Brittany Schaller made a three-pointer to tie the game at 30-30.

The Eagles called a timeout with 1:15 remaining and the game tied 34-34. Sophomore guard Ashley Flipse, who made four three-pointers in the game, missed a wide-open three-point shot from the left wing and Schaller grabbed the weak-side rebound.

The Tigers let the clock run down to 14 seconds remaining before calling a timeout. After inbounding the ball, the Tigers made several quick passes looking for an open shot before calling another time out with six seconds remaining.

Schaller inbounded the ball from in front of the Tigers’ bench to Sam Yancy. Three quick passes later the ball found Schaller along the baseline. Her open jumper missed and the game went to overtime.

In overtime, the Tigers outscored the Eagles 10-3 to secure the victory. The Tigers improved to 18-2 and the Eagles fell to 17-3.

The Tigers scored all 10 of their overtime points from the free-throw line – going 10-for-12, including Schaller who went 7-for-8.

“Tonight we came through and made our free throws at the end of the game,” said Georgeff.

“Brittany controls our tempo. She demands the ball and is always in control but she has the ability to erupt in the second half like she did tonight,” said Georgeff.

The Eagles opened a 5-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Ashley Reinemann made a free throw to put the Tigers on the board. Addi Gerber added a lay-in and a three pointer to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead five minutes into the game.

“Addi is becoming a go-to player for us. Her game is evolving at the right time for us,” said Georgeff.

The teams traded the lead for the next eight minutes and drew to a 15-15 tie at the 5:24 mark of the first half following a three-pointer by Eagle Hannah Modahl. A minute later Modahl hit a second three to give the Eagles an 18-15 lead and Flipse made a three for a 21-15 lead with 2:43 remaining.

Yancy scored in the lane to conclude the first-half scoring and bring the Tigers to a 21-17 half-time deficit.

“In the second half we knew we had to attack off of the dribble and we had to change from our typical zone defense because they were hitting their threes.”

“This was a huge win for us at the end of the season. Sheboygan Christian is experienced with overtime games. I think they have won all of them this year. We don’t have that same experience,” said Georgeff.

Coming into the game Yancy led the Tigers with an average of 15 points and nine rebounds per game but The Eagles held her to four points and three rebounds. She added two steals.

Picking up the slack for the Tigers, Schaller and Gerber scored a team-high 12 points apiece. Schaller, Reinemann and Gerber each grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Schaller led in steals with three.

Modahl paced Christian in scoring with 18.

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