Good Shield hits game-winner as Lady Tigers pick up first win
By Jay Davis
Kaitlin Good Shield hit a 20-footer from the angle with two seconds left to lift the Lady Tigers to a 42-40 win over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.
The win puts an end to a nine-game losing streak and gives coach Ann LaMont her first career win.
“It feels good,” said LaMont. “The best part was going into the locker room after the game.”
The game was tied at 39-39 when Marquel Shepherd stepped to the free throw line. The Cheyenne-Eagle Butte center hit the first shot, but missed the second. The Lady Tigers quickly got the ball up court in plenty of time to find Good Shield open on the right wing. When the shot snapped through the net, Good Shield had the game-winner and the Lady Tigers’ no-win season was snapped right along with the net.
LaMont gave her young Tigers all the credit.
“The girls maintained their composure at the end,” said LaMont.
Along with Good Shield’s late heroics, and her six three-pointers, the Lady Tigers had three important keys in gaining their first victory. The girls played a zone defense that used doubling down to prevent the Braves’ big girls from converting short shots, the Lady Tigers outrebounded the taller Braves 29-22, and they handled the ball, committing a season-low 17 turnovers.
The zone defense was something the coaches had installed recently and the girls adapted well to the new style.
“Doubling down was a focus and the girls did a very good job adjusting,” said LaMont.
The rebounding was as huge a turnaround as the final results of the first matchup with Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. When the Braves beat the Lady Tigers 63-25 two weeks ago in Eagle Butte, the Braves held a 33-18 rebounding edge. For the record, that is a 42-point turnaround in points and a 22-rebound turnaround on the boards.
“We fought back,” said LaMont. “Limiting their second chances was huge.”
Having only 17 turnovers, and just eight in the second half, gave the Tigers more offensive chances and more shot attempts than they have had in their 30-turnover games.
“We weren’t just throwing the ball away,” said LaMont. “We made smart, decisive passes.”
With six three-pointers and two free throws, Good Shield led all scorers with 20 points.
“She shot the ball with confidence,” said LaMont, “and she took smart shots.”
Chelsy Hoffman scored 11 points and Aundrea Kramer scored seven. The three Lady Tigers also combined for 20 of the team’s 29 rebounds.
Jimi Lawrence and Kaleb Shepherd scored eight points each to lead the Braves. Marquel Shepherd scored seven points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Lady Tigers hit the road on Thursday to meet up against another District 11A foe, the McLaughlin Midgets. Game times are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Midgets are 4-4 and just won a turnaround game of their own. After dropping a 69-56 game to Crow Creek at the LNI, the Lady Midgets turned around and beat Crow Creek 67-52 in Stephan on Jan. 4.
The Lady Midgets will try and stop a five-game Lady Tiger winning streak on Thursday. The Lady Tigers beat McLaughlin 51-43 last season and hold a 41-20 lead in the all time series.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will host Belle Fourche in doubleheader action on Saturday. Tipoff for the first JV game is set for 2 p.m.
The Lady Tigers won 49-33 in Belle Fourche last year and hold a 2-0 lead in the series.
A busy five-day stretch will conclude with the girls heading to Gettysburg to square off against Potter County on Saturday. First game will be at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers beat the Battlers 63-43 last season to raise their all-time record to 34-18 against the Battlers.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (7-4)7 22 31 40
Mobridge-Pollock (1-9)6 20 29 42
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Jimi Lawrence 3 1-2 8, Nelly Dupris 2 0-0 4, Marquel Shepherd 3 1-4 7, Angela Ducheneaux 2 0-0 4, River Gunville 2 0-0 5, K’Lona Lofton 1 2-2 4, Kaleb Shepherd 3 2-4 8, Totals 16 6-12 40.
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 3 5-10 11, Cassi Heumiller 1 2-5 4, Aundrea Kramer 3 1-3 7, Maranda Wagner 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Good Shield 6 2-2 20, Totals 13 10-20 42.
3-point field goals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 2 (Lawrence, Gunville); Mobridge-Pollock 6 (Good Shield 6). Rebounds: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 22 (M. Shepherd 7); Mobridge-Pollock 29 (Hoffman 7, Good Shield 7, Kramer 6). Total fouls: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 22; Mobridge-Pollock 14 (Kramer out). Turnovers: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 9; Mobridge-Pollock 17.