Lady Tigers drop third straight home game

By Jay Davis

All the depth-challenged Lady Tigers needed was one missing link to make their offensive effort futile as they dropped a 52-33 game to Sully Buttes at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.With starting guard Michelle McClellan gone to the State Snow Queen Pageant, the Lady Tigers did not have their usual starting five on the court against the Chargers. It put the Lady Tigers in an offensive funk in the first half, to say the least. 

Mobridge-Pollock fell behind 13-6 in the first quarter. Taylor Hackett and Remi Wientjes hit back-to-back three-pointers for Sully Buttes to put the gap in the score.

“What can I say about Saturday?” said coach Katie Konold. “We made a run but it was a little too late. We have to learn from our mistakes and commit to improving our weaknesses.”

Neither team did much in the second quarter, but the Chargers’ six points were plenty to widen the lead as the Tigers could do nothing offensively. The Lady Tigers put up a goose egg for eight minutes, missing shots from the floor and clanking four straight free throws.

A few shots started to fall in the third quarter, but there were too few as the Chargers extended their lead with a 15-10 run.

Mobridge-Pollock finally started to get the offense going in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late as Sully Buttes pulled away for the 19-point win. To ensure the Lady Tigers could not make a run, the Chargers hit 13 of 16 free throws in the second half.

Cass Ulmer was the only Lady Tiger to score in double digits. She led Mobridge-Pollock with 10 points and five rebounds. Katie Heil scored eight points and grabbed five boards. Kylee Kettering added seven points.

Wientjes came off the bench to lead the Chargers with a game-high 13 points. Hackett and Karlea Stahl added 10 points each.


Lady Midgets

The injury and illness bug is trying to take a big bite out of the Lady Tigers as they try to turn things around after losing three of their last four games.

Kettering injured a knee late in the Sully Buttes contest. She will be out Thursday, but may give it a try on Saturday. Kramer is suffering from a foot injury that has been compounded by shin splints and Brekke has taken ill and will miss a minimum of two weeks.

“Best case scenario for Kylee is a bad sprain and tissue bruising,” said Konold. “Aundrea is working through her pain. She will play Thursday, but we don’t know if she’ll be 100 percent.”

The Lady Tigers will try to break their slump when they host the McLaughlin Lady Midgets on Thursday. The first game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Tigers and Lady Midgets have been playing each other since the dawn of girls’ basketball back in 1975. The Lady Tigers have had a good run of late, winning 11 of the last 14 games, including a 57-35 win last year. The Lady Tigers hold a 40-20 edge in the all-time series.

The Lady Tigers will travel with their male counterparts for a doubleheader with the Belle Fourche Broncs (1-9) on Saturday with tip-off at 2 p.m.

The Lady Tigers beat the Broncs 47-23 last season in the first-ever match-up between the two squads.

The Lady Tigers will return to their home gym on Monday to host the Gettysburg Battlers (4-6) with JV action starting at 6:30 p.m.

Like McLaughlin, the Lady Tigers have been playing the Battlers since 1975. The Lady Tigers have had the better of the Battlers over years and lead the rivalry 33-18. Mobridge-Pollock won a 71-29 game last year for their second straight win over the Battlers.

– Jay Davis –


Sully Buttes (8-2) 13 19 34 52

Mobridge-Pollock 96-4) 6 6 16 33

Sully Buttes: Taryn Colson 3 0-0 6, Taylor Hackett 3 2-2 10, Rylae Wientjes 0 0-0 0, Karlea Stahl 4 2-3 10, Liz Bourk 0 2-2 2, Remi Wientjes 3 6-7 13, Brianna Hyde 2 4-4 8, Katie Stier 0 1-2 1, Jaymi Schultz 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 17-20 52.

Mobridge-Pollock: Kady Pinney 1 0-0 2, Lauren Brekke 1 0-0 2, Cass Ulmer 3 4-7 10, Kylee Kettering 2 3-4 7, Katie Heil 4 0-0 8, Keshia Milliken 1 0-0 2, Aundrea Kramer 0 0-2 0, Chelsy Hoffman 0 2-2 2, Totals 12 9-15 33.

3-point field goals: Sully Buttes 3 (Hackett 2, Remi Wientjes); Mobridge-Pollock 0. Rebounds: Sully Buttes 18; Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Ulmer 5, Heil 5); Total fouls: Sully Buttes 14; Mobridge-Pollock 16. Turnovers: Sully Buttes 9; Mobridge-Pollock 17. JV Game: Sully Buttes 30-12.

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