Shooting woes plague Tigers in defeat

VALDERS – The Howards Grove Tigers shot a frigid 27 percent (12-for-44) from the field as they fell to host Valders in a nonconference girls basketball game Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Tigers’ record to 1-1. The Vikings upped their mark to 2-0.

HG trailed 22-8 at halftime – hitting only 18 percent (4-for- 22) from the floor – but rallied to take a lead in the second half. Valders pulled away down the stretch with clutch free-throw shooting. The Vikings were 10- for-18 at the foul line in the second half.

“Valders played a nice game and great, physical defense. They double- and triple-teamed Sam [Yancy] inside and we took too long to adjust,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

Yancy, a 6-foot senior forward and the Tigers’ big inside threat on offense, was limited to just two points in the first half but erupted for 12 in the second half to finish with a game-high 14.

“I thought we came out better in the second half. We spread them out more on defense, so we were able to get some offense going. I am really proud of how we battled back into the game,” said Georgeff.

“Despite being hounded and harassed Sam came through big for us when we made our run. She scored 12 points in the second half and was a strong defensive presence for us out there against their post players. Offensively, we didn’t get enough contribution from others.”

Yancy led the Tigers in rebounds with seven. Olivia Stauss and Addi Gerber had a team-high two steals each.

Stauss and Yancy paced HG in assists with two apiece. Taylor Bubolz and Yancy led in blocked shots with two each.

Senior guard Danessa Buck led a balanced Viking attack with nine points. Valders had eight players in the scoring column.

Valders made seven more free throws than HG.

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