Tigers unable to overcome cold shooting

NEENAH – Shooting woes continued to plague the Howards Grove Tigers as they lost their third in a row, 51-45, Thursday night against host St. Mary Catholic in a Big East Conference girls basketball game.

The Zephyrs upped their BEC record to 3-0 (4-0 overall) while the Tigers dropped to 1-2 (2-3 overall). SMC was tied for first in the league with Oostburg and Sheboygan Lutheran through Thursday.

HG shot only 30 percent (17 of 56) from the field and just 56 percent (9 of 16) at the foul line. The Zephyrs hit 75 percent (15 of 20) at the charity stripe.

“Simply put we are not making enough baskets to put ourselves in a position to win. We are getting good shots but we just aren’t finishing,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“In addition, the number of offensive rebounds we allow is very debilitating to our success. I thought our full-court pressure kept us alive defensively.

“Mackenzie Holzwart and Leah Parnitzke led us in scoring and shot a good percentage, so that was a positive take-away,” said Georgeff.

Holzwart and Parnitzke, both freshmen, led HG in scoring with 15 points each. Holzwart was 7 of 14 from the field and Parnitzke, 6 of 14.

The Tigers had an impressive

24 steals, led by Holzwart with six and Parnitzke, five. Zayla Mueller contributed four.

Holzwart and Maddy Near paced HG in rebounds with six each. Near had a team-high three assists.

Junior forward/guard Abbi Thelen exploded for 26 points to spark the Zephyrs’ attack. Thelen was 10 of 12 at the foul line.

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