Tigers’ defense shines in lopsided win


SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attacks the hoop against Random Lake’s defense during BEC basketball action Friday. – Photo by Terry Schaller SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attacks the hoop against Random Lake’s defense during BEC basketball action Friday. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers’ vaunted defense held Random Lake to only 28-percent shooting from the field which propelled them to a 48-27 rout in girls basketball action here Friday night.

The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in last week’s Associated Press Division 4 poll, hiked their first-place Big East Conference record to 8-0 (10-1 overall). HG extended its winning streak to nine.

The Rams dropped to 2-6 in the BEC (2-9 overall).

HG used a 12-0 run to build a 22-8 lead with 2:37 left in the first half. The Tigers led 24-13 at halftime.

The Tigers broke the game open with an 8-1 surge in the first three minutes of the second half to go up 32-14.

Senior guard/forward Kaitlynn Near led a balanced Tiger attack with 14 points. Sam Yancy and Brittany Schaller chipped in with 13 and 10, respectively.


BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, attempts to score a layup as Random Lake’s Asia Schneider (2) and Jessica Norskog defend in Friday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRITTANY SCHALLER, Howards Grove guard, attempts to score a layup as Random Lake’s Asia Schneider (2) and Jessica Norskog defend in Friday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller “I thought we played very consistent team basketball on Friday. We shot 48 percent from the field and we took care of the basketball pretty well despite their changing defenses,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“Our defense was pretty solid all-around but I want to give credit for Kaitlynn Near and Olivia Stauss for matching up with their leading scorer Alicia Hartmann. I thought they both did a nice job limiting her opportunities, specifically in the second half where we held her without a field goal.”

Hartmann, who was averaging 13.4 points per game coming in, was limited to seven Friday which led the Rams.

The Tigers’ defense forced 23 turnovers while HG committed just 12.

Schaller led the Tigers in assists and steals with five each. Yancy contributed four steals. HG had an impressive 15 steals. Addi Gerber grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

“In addition to being a defensive stopper for us, Kaitlynn Near had another nice offensive game on 6-for- 8 shooting [from the field],” said Georgeff.

“Despite being double- and triple teamed in the post, Sam Yancy did a nice job finishing as well on 6-for-9 shooting [from the field]. Brittany Schaller had a nice allaround game.”

Asia Schneider led the Rams in boards with 10. Hartmann had a team-high three steals.


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