Defense ignites Tigers in BEC Tourney opener


TAYLOR BUBOLZ of Howards Grove attacks the basket against Hilbert’s Rebekah Bergelin in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. – Photo by Terry Schaller TAYLOR BUBOLZ of Howards Grove attacks the basket against Hilbert’s Rebekah Bergelin in Tuesday’s BEC Basketball Tourney game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – An outstanding defensive effort paved the way for the Howards Grove Tigers’ 55-32 romp over the Hilbert Wolves in the second round of the Big East Conference Girls Basketball Tournament here Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who have won 17 straight, raised their record to 18- 1. The Tigers received a first-round bye. HG is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Division 4 poll.

Ninth-seeded Hilbert fell to 7-13.

HG, the No. 1 seed, will host fourth-seeded Manitowoc Lutheran in the tourney semifinals Thursday, Feb. 9 at approximately 7:15 p.m., following the junior varsity game at 5:50.

“Defensively, we tried to increase full-court pressure as much as we could and we gave a lot of help on the conference’s leading scorer, Makaylee Kuhn [sophomore guard],” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“We wanted to force others on the team to score and not allow Kuhn to get into a rhythm offensively and I thought we did good with that. Credit Ashley Reinemann for outstanding on-the-ball defense and the rest of the team for giving her help.”

Kuhn was held to only one point in the first half and finished with 13. The Tigers built a 26-12 halftime lead, led by Olivia Stauss with nine points and Brittany Schaller with seven.

The Tigers had an impressive 15 steals, led by Schaller with five and Stauss, three.

Stauss paced HG in scoring with 13 and Addi Gerber hit 12, including a team-high 10 in the second half.

Schaller and Stauss led the Tigers in assists with four each. Sam Yancy had a team-high 11 rebounds and Taylor Bubolz had six.

“Offensively, I thought Olivia Stauss stood out, attacking the basket and shooting from the outside. Addi Gerber also had a nice night on 5-for-7 shooting [from the field],” said Georgeff.


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