Schaller’s big second half keys Tigers’ win


SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attempts a shot over Mishicot’s Brianna Groelle in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. The Indians’ Karly Ayotte watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attempts a shot over Mishicot’s Brianna Groelle in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. The Indians’ Karly Ayotte watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller MISHICOT – Senior guard Brittany Schaller exploded for 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to ignite the Howards Grove Tigers to a 53-40 girls basketball win over host Mishicot Thursday night.

The Tigers upped their Big East Conference record to 2-0 (3-1 overall) and the Indians fell to -0-2 (1-2 overall).

Despite shooting only 23 percent (7-for-30) from the field in the first half HG led 20-16 at halftime. The Tigers outscored Mishicot 33- 24 in the second half to pull away.

The Tigers were an outstanding 15 of 18 (83 percent) at the foul line in the second half after sinking only 3 of 10 in the opening half.

“The first half was really terrible, offensively. We simply didn’t finish our shots. We were in the bonus with over 10 minutes left in the first half but we only managed to go 3-for-10 from the free-throw line – missing the front end of several bonus attempts,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.


BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, drives to the basket past a Mishicot defender in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. Schaller hit a game-high 21 points. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, drives to the basket past a Mishicot defender in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. Schaller hit a game-high 21 points. – Photo by Terry Schaller “Brittany Schaller led all scorers with 21. The kid is a fighter. She wants to win and her motor is always going. She was a leader on the floor.

“I felt like she took over in the second half for us and she’s that kind of player. I was really proud of her leadership,” said the coach.

Schaller hit two three-pointers, scored on driving layups and sank five free throws on the night.

“Kaitlynn Near gave us a huge spark off the bench with eight points in the first half [which led HG]. She was the only one hitting shots. She came in and hit some threes [two of them] and really got us back into the game,” said Georgeff.

“Her defense is always onpoint, so when she can contribute offense like this it’s a big help,” said Georgeff.

Near was the Tigers’ secondleading scorer with 11. Olivia Stauss had a team-high five steals and five assists. Schaller and Sam Yancy contributed three steals each.

Yancy paced HG in rebounds with 10 (six offensive], followed by Ashley Reinemann with seven.

The Tigers had an impressive 17 steals.

“We hang our hat on our defense. Nights like last night are tough to watch but our defense keeps us in games when our offense isn’t,” said Georgeff.

Andrea Peterson led the Indians’ offense with 13 points.


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