Young Lady Tigers struggle in openers

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By Jay Davis

Alexis Schaefbauer grimaces as she tries to reach in and steal the ball from Paige Summers of Aberdeen Roncalli. The experienced Cavaliers were too much for the Lady Tigers in a 68-16 game at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.

The first two games for the young Lady Tigers did not prove fruitful as they were beaten 68-18 by Aberdeen Roncalli at home on Tuesday and 77-33 by Britton-Hecla in Britton on Saturday.
Coach Ann LaMont and her Lady Tigers have not found success in the early going, but they have learned some things about themselves.
“We learned that we have a lot of potential, but that we have to go back to basics,” said LaMont.

Roncalli
Roncalli came to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium with the exact opposite of what the Lady Tigers have. The Cavaliers brought a starting five with five seniors and a lot of time-tested talent.
The difference was obvious in the early going as the Cavaliers built a 15-0 lead before the Lady Tigers were able to cross midcourt for the first time. Mobridge-Pollock turned the ball over seven straight times against Roncalli’s full court pressure.
“They have a good team,” said LaMont. “They jumped the ball and played real good defense.”
By the end of the first quarter the score was 25-1 and then it was 46-5 at halftime. The girls had 15 turnovers in the first quarter alone, but did settle down and average just seven turnovers per quarter the rest of the way. The Lady Tigers did not make a field goal in the first half. They got all their points on three free throws by Chelsy Hoffman and two by Kayla Schneider.
The Lady Tigers hit their first field goal with 2:46 left in the third quarter when Hoffman made a jumper. They did find some range in the fourth quarter when Alexis Hoffman and Kaitlin Goodshield hit three-pointers and Keisha Milliken hit a two.
“We have to have someone step up,” said LaMont. “We did play smarter after the first quarter.”
Hoffman led the Lady Tigers with six points and six rebounds. Schaefbauer and Good Shield added three points each. Kylee Wagner picked off a team-leading three steals.
Mollee Karst led Roncalli with a game-high 18 points, including 12 in the first half. She added six rebounds and six steals. Morgan Gunderson scored nine points and dished out five assists. Abby Dockter and Paige Sommers added eight points each.

Britton-Hecla
The opening game was not as frustrating on the offensive end, but ball control and defense were struggles as the Lady Tigers were beaten 77-33 by Britton-Hecla in Britton on Saturday.
“They were scared to death,” said LaMont of her youngsters. “The game was way too fast for them.”
Britton-Hecla jumped out 18-7 in the first quarter and raised the lead to 29-16 at the half. Mobridge-Pollock found some offense and scored 14 points in the third quarter, but the lead rose to 57-30.
“We had 51 turnovers,” said LaMont. “We can’t accept that.”
Kramer played well offensively and led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and five rebounds. Milliken hit the game’s only three and scored five points. Schaefbauer, Hoffman and Taylor Brekke added four points each. Kylee Wagner had five rebounds. Schaefbauer led defensively with five steals.
Shelby Elsen led Britton-Hecla with 24 points. Kassi Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Aria Meyer scored 13 points. Morgan Storley had a double-double that did not include points, picking off 11 steals and dishing 10 assists.

More battles
The road does not get easier for the Lady Tigers. They travel to Timber Lake to take on the Lady Panthers on Tuesday and return home to square off against Lemmon on Monday.
“We have to work on our decision making,” said LaMont. “Decision-making is one thing we can control.”
With an entire roster returning from last year, Timber Lake will be trying to halt a three-game losing streak to the Tigers, including a 58-15 game in Mobridge last year when injuries all but depleted the Lady Panther lineup. The Lady Tigers hold a 29-10 edge in the all-time series.
The Lady Tigers hold the same three-game winning streak over Lemmon. After winning a 62-39 game last year, the Lady Tigers lead Lemmon 30-19 in the all-time series.

Aberdeen Roncalli (2-0)25 46 58 68
Mobridge-Pollock (0-2)1  5  8 16
Aberdeen Roncalli: Tage Hanson 2 2-3 7, Taylor Hanson 2 0-0 5, Morgan Gunderson 3 3-5 9, Mollee Karst 7 4-4 18, Abby Dockter 4 0-0 8, Paige Sommers 4 0-0 8, Makayla Malsam 2 0-0 5, Christy Renner 2 0-0 4, Taylor Morgan 1 1-2 3, Grace Imbery 0 1-2 1, Totals 27 11-16 68.
Mobridge-Pollock: Alexis Schaefbauer 1 0-0 3, Keshia Milliken 1 0-0 2, Aundrea Kramer 0 0-0 0, Steph Gemar 0 0-0 0, Maranda Wagner 0 0-0 0, Chelsy Hoffman 1 3-6 5, Cassi Heumiller 0 1-2 1, Kaitlin Goodshield 1 0-0 3, Kylee Wagner 0 0-1 0, Kayla Schneider 0 2-2 2, 4 6-11 16.
3-point field goals: Aberdeen Roncalli 3 (Tage Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Malsam); Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Schaefbauer, Goodshield). Rebounds: Aberdeen Roncalli 29 (Karts 6, Malsam 6); Mobridge-Pollock 16 (Hoffman 6, Kramer 3). Assists: Aberdeen Roncalli 18 (Gunderson 5).  Steals Aberdeen Roncalli 17 (Karst 6); Mobridge-Pollock 10 (K. Wagner 3). Total fouls: Aberdeen Roncalli 17 (Malsam out); Mobridge-Pollock 11. Turnovers: Aberdeen Roncalli 16; Mobridge-Pollock 38. JV Game: Aberdeen Roncalli 45-23.

Mobridge-Pollock (0-1)7 16 30 33
Britton-Hecla (2-0)18 29 57 77
Mobridge-Pollock: Keshia Milliken 2 0-0 5, Maranda Wagner 1 0-0 2, Aundrea Kramer 5 2-3 12, Chelsy Hoffman 2 0-0 4, Taylor Brekke 2 0-0 4, Alexa Schaefbauer 1 2-5 4, Cassi Heumiller 1 0-0 2, Kylee Wagner 0 0-1 0, Totals 14 4-9 33,
Britton-Hecla: Shelby Elsen 11 2-3 24, Morgan Storley 1 1-2 3, Aria Meyer 6 1-1 13, Kassi Jones 9 0-5 18, Emily Bremmon 2 1-2 5, Mallori Rabenberg 1 0-0 2, Tony Symens 0 1-2 1, Sydney Fosness 2 2-2 6, Ashley Fosness 1 1-2 3, Shyla Henricks 0 2-3 2, Totals 33 11-22 77.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Milliken); Britton-Hecla 0. Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 23 (Kramer 5, M. Wagner 5); Britton-Hecla 31 (Jones 10). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 9 (Schaefbauer 5). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 19 (Brekke out); Britton-Hecla 15. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 32; Britton-Hecla 10.

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