Small steps: Lady Tigers play strong first half against Lemmon

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Cassi Heumiller knocks the ball away from Julia Blue Arm of Lemmon. The Lady Tigers fought to keep the game close in the first half, but Lemmon adjusted and beat Mobridge-Pollock 70-33 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Monday.

By Jay Davis

Progress is coming one step at a time. The Lady Tigers played a strong first half before succumbing to Lemmon 70-33 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Monday.
The Lady Tigers fought hard and hung with the undefeated Cowgirls in the first half. They trailed just 16-11 after one quarter and 26-20 at the half. The strong half came on the heels of the Lady Tigers trailing by 41 and 35 points at the intermission in the last two games.
“It was a huge step forward,” said coach Ann LaMont. “Looking at where we were before last night, the we’re getting more comfortable in our roles and understanding them.”
Putting some points on the board helped as Chelsey Hoffman scored six points and Alexis Schaefbauer scored five points in the first quarter. Kaitlin Goodshield came off the bench to score five points in the second quarter.
Defense helped too, led by Aundrea Kramer and her 5’8” frame battling inside against a Lemmon front wall that went 6’1”, 5’10” and 5’9.”
“Aundrea played a huge game,” said LaMont. “She stepped it up defensively. She was constantly fighting.”
It was not just one player on the defensive end as the team took a step forward in its understanding of how to attack an opponent.
“We’re starting to understand the philosophy of ‘relentless pursuit’ and getting on your girl right away,” said LaMont.
The drama did not last long in the second half. Lemmon made the proper adjustments and ran away from the Lady Tigers with a 32-5 run in the third quarter. The Lady Tigers fell victim to their youth when they could not apply the same defensive pressure and play with the same intensity in the second half.
“We started playing tight and started making rookie mistakes again,” said LaMont.
The offense also suffered as the Lady Tigers committed 16 turnovers in the second half and had to rely on the free throw line to score 12 of their 13 second-half points.
“We put two solid quarters together,” said LaMont. “Now we need to put together three strong quarters and then four.”
Hoffman led the Lady Tigers with 10 points. Goodshield scored eight, while Schaefbauer scored five. Kramer added four points and a team-leading five rebounds.
Megan Ham scored 22 points and hauled down 14 rebounds to lead the Cowgirls, but the 6’1” freshman had to resort to outside shooting to get her points on the board. Haley Froelich scored a game-high 24 points and dished out four assists. Jenna Van Beek added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Timber Lake
A not-so-bad first quarter turned into a nightmare second quarter as Timber Lake raced past the Lady Tigers 70-21 in Timber Lake on Friday. The teams were locked in an 18-8 game after one quarter before the Lady Panthers slapped the defense on and ripped off a 25-0 run in the second quarter.
It was a bad matchup from the get-go for the Lady Tigers as Timber Lake has seven seniors and a wealth of experience.
“They are a very good team,” said LaMont. “They are just fast. One thing that really impressed me was how quickly they moved the ball. We were always one step behind.”
The positive thing that came out of the game was that LaMont was again able to see that her youngsters have the desire to compete and the desire to bet better.
“The girls did not quit,” said LaMont. “There was 50 seconds left and Cassi Heumiller was rolling on the floor going after a loose ball.”
The big three for Timber Lake did not disappoint the home crowd. Kristie Mettler scored a game-high 23 points. Most of her baskets were of the layup variety that came after one of her eight steals. Makense Nehl scored 14 points and controlled the boards with nine rebounds. Courtney Dahlgren hit three of five from beyond the arc and scored 15 points.
Kramer and Hoffman carried the weight for the Lady Tigers with eight points each. Kramer and Maranda Wagner had five rebounds each.

No break
It is not going to get any easy for the Lady Tigers as December winds down. The girls travel to Onida on Thursday to take on 2-0 Sully Buttes and then will host 3-0 Herreid-Selby Area at the Rotary Classic next week. The Chargers and Wolverines are ranked seventh and sixth, respectively in this week’s Class B poll.
“It just keeps getting tougher,” said LaMont.
But the first-year coach thinks her Lady Tigers will weather the storm and keep making progress.
“They have the desire,” said LaMont.”

Lemmon (4-0)16 26 58 70
Mobridge-Pollock (0-4)11 20 25 33
Lemmon: Katie Sackmann 2 1-3 5, Haley Froelich 10 4-5 24, Jenna Van Beek 6 0-0 12, Bailie Beer 1 0-0 2, Morgan Ham 8 4-6 22, Kelli Evans 0 2-2 2, Morgan Tomac 1 0-0 2, Julia Blue Arm 0 1-2 1, Bailey Oliver 0 0-2 0, Totals 28 12-20 70.
Mobridge-Pollock: Alexa Schaefbauer 2 0-2 5, Maranda Wagner 1 0-0 2, Aundrea Kramer 0 4-4 4, Steph Gemar 0 0-0 0, Chelsy Hoffman 4 2-4 10, Kylee Wagner 0 4-6 4, Kaitlin Goodshield 3 1-2 8, Totals 9 11-18 33.
3-point field goals: Lemmon 2 (Ham 2); Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Goodshield). Rebounds: Lemmon 31 (Ham 14, Van Beek 10); Mobridge-Pollock 20 (Kramer 5). Total fouls: Lemmon 15; Mobridge-Pollock 15 (K. Wagner out). Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 32; Lemmon 16. JV Game: Lemmon 28-21.

Mobridge-Pollock (0-3)8  8 12 21
Timber Lake (4-1)18 43 59 70
Mobridge-Pollock: Alexa Schaefbauer 0 1-2 1, Maranda Wagner 0 0-0 0, Cassie Heumiller 1 0-0 2, Kylee Wagner 1 0-0 2, Aundrea Kramer 3 2-2 8, Chelsy Hoffman 2 4-6 8, Totals 7 7-10 21.
Timber Lake: Makense Nehl 6 1-1 14, Kathryn Biegler 4 0-2 8, Kristie Mettler 9 1-3 19, Courtney Dahlgren 6 0-0 15, Tylyn LeBeau 2 0-0 4, Sydney Mettler 1 0-0 2, Callie Lawrence 1 0-0 3, Jordan Bickel 2 0-0 4, Pelagie Jewett 1 0-0 2, Totals 32 2-6 70.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 0; Timber Lake 4 (Dahlgren 3, Nehl). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 23 (Kramer 8, M. Wagner 5); Timber Lake 19 (Nehl 9). Assists: Timber Lake 17 (Nehl 5). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 2; Timber Lake 16 (Mettler 8). Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 32; Timber Lake 7.

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