Howards Grove basketball

HOWARDS GROVE – Josh Horness and Ashton Holzman combined for 34 points and Howards Grove’s defense held Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs to 27-percent field-goal shooting to spark the Tigers to a 56-37 boys basketball win here Saturday afternoon.

The nonconference game was the Tigers’ season opener under new head coach Mark Christenson.

Holzman, a junior forward, tallied nine of his 16 points in the second half to lead the Tigers who outscored the Ledgers 34-18. Horness, a senior forward, erupted for 13 of his game-high 18 points in the opening half to spark Howards which took a 22-19 halftime lead.

“This was a good team effort. All of the kids contributed,” said Christenson who was a longtime boys head coach at Manitowoc Lincoln.

“We were better finishing around the hoop and being patient in the second half. We were solid [overall].

“We played well enough to be encouraged. We did things well. We just need to do them better,” Christenson said.

The Tigers dominated the boards – holding a 38-21 rebounding edge. Holzman pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and Horness had seven.

Junior guard Mike Davis paced Howards in assists with seven. Eighteen of the Tigers’ 24 field goals were off assists. Junior guard Noah Steines led in blocked shots with three.
Score by Quarters
St. Mary’s Springs……7 12 9 9 – 37
Howards Grove.…….10 12 17 17 – 56
St. Mary’s Springs scoring: Henderson 7, Feldner 11, Wiese 2, Joslyn 3, Good 6, Leichtle 2, Anderson 6.
Howards Grove scoring: Noah Steines 5, Mike Davis 4, Thomas Brickner 5, Josh Horness 18, Ashton Holzman 16,
Nathan Bitter 1, Matt Wleklinski 2, Davis Nennig 5.
Three-point goals: Henderson 1, Feldner 1, Joslyn 1, Good 2, Holzman 1.
Field goals: Springs 13-49, 27%; Howards Grove, 24-54, 27%. Free throws: Springs 6-12, 50%; Howards Grove 6-17,
Rebounds: Springs 21, Howards Grove 38. Turnovers: Springs 13, ___________________________ Howards Grove 16.

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