Lady Tigers give up early runs in three losses

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By Jay Davis

The Lady Tigers suffered a recurring theme during three losses over the week. The Lady Tigers gave up big, early scoring runs in losses to McLaughlin, Belle Fourche and Potter County.
The bad first quarters began in McLaughlin on Thursday when the Lady Midgets took off on a 20-0 run and took a 24-4 lead after one quarter. That led to the Lady Midgets beating the Lady Tigers 63-27. At home on Saturday, the Lady Tigers gave up a 13-point run against Belle Fourche and fell behind 13-1 after one quarter, eventually falling 49-26. The girls opened a 7-2 lead against Potter County in Gettysburg on Tuesday only to have the Battlers take off on a 15-0 run that turned a Lady Tigers five-point lead into a 10-point uphill climb. Potter County defeated the Lady Tigers 56-38.
“We need to be more consistent in our level of play and step onto the court with an aggressive nature right away,” said coach Ann LaMont.
Part of the giving up the runs was that the Lady Tigers were not aggressive on the offensive end. The other problem was getting outrebounded on the defensive end and giving up quite a few second-chance baskets.
“We have to get better at rebounding off our zone,” said LaMont. “We’re learning to come off our defense, find a girl and box her out.”
On the other side of the coin, the Lady Tigers did not did not back down from any of the three teams. After all three bad first quarters, the girls kept plugging away and fighting until the final buzzer sounded. In order, the Lady Tigers were outscored just 39-33 in the last three quarters against McLaughlin, 36-25 against Belle Fourche (including a second 13-0 by the Lady Broncs) and 39-31 against Potter County.
“We played better, but we don’t have that consistent scorer right now who can make shots and get us back in the game,” said LaMont.
LaMont added that seeing her Lady Tigers keep fighting is uplifting, because with an 11-person team, the girls have been playing a lot of minutes for two games every night out and are getting physically and mentally tired.

Chamberlain
A few days rest this week is a needed break before the Lady Tigers host the Chamberlain Cubs on Friday in the first game of a Lady Tigers-Tigers double header. The Lady Tigers and Lady Cubs will tip off around 6 p.m.
Chamberlain comes to the Bridge City with an 11-1 record and winners of their last nine games. Chamberlain beat Kimball-White Lake 56-43 on Monday.
“Friday is going to be a big challenge,” said LaMont. “We have nothing to lose. We’re going to throw everything we have at them.”
The Lady Tigers and Cubs have met 11 previous times with the Lady Tigers holding a 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The Cubs beat the Lady Tigers 63-56 in Chamberlain last season to snap a Lady Tiger three-game winning streak.

Mobridge-Pollock (1-12)           7 16 28 38
Potter County (6-4)                  17 31 49 56
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 2 0-3 4, Maranda Wagner 2 0-0 4, Aundrea Kramer 2 2-3 7, Cassi Heumiller 4 2-2 11, Kaitlin Good Shield 2 0-0 5, Alexa Schaefbauer 2 2-4 6, Kylee Wagner 0 1-2 1, Totals 14 8-14 38.
Potter County: Tara Heuer 2 0-0 4, Morgan Vander Vorst 3 0-0 7, Alli Lake 6 5-6 19, Hallee Cronin 2 5-10 9, Sydney Logan 3 1-1 7, Samantha Kilian 1 0-0 2, Alysyn Breaw 1 3-4 5, Shelby Kilian 0 0-2 0, Shaye Jungwirth 0 1-2 1, Regan Everson 0 0-2 0, Alyssa Haberer 1 0-0 2, Totals 19 15-27 56.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Heumiller, Good Shield); Potter County 3 (Lake 2, Vander Vorst). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 29 (Kramer 13); Potter County 46 (Lake 12). Totals fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 16; Potter County 18. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 21; Potter County 13. JV Game: Potter County 27-10.

Belle Fourche (3-11)               13 17 38 49
Mobridge-Pollock (1-11)          1 11 21 26
Belle Fourche: Maddie Huffman 0 0-1 0, Liz Day 4 2-2 10, Shelbie Budmayr 2 0-0 4, Caitlyn Dowling 0 0-0 0, Taylor Gubbrud 5 2-3 12, Fehrin Ward 5 3-10 13, Paige Bush 2 0-0 4, Kassie Willard 0 2-2 2, Megan Teppo 0 2-2 2, Nicole King 1 0-1 2, Totals 19 11-21 49.
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 3 1-2 7, Maranda Wagner 2 0-0 4, Aundrea Kramer 4 5-5 13, Cassi Heumiller 1 0-0 2, Kaitlin Good Shield 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 6-7 26.
3-point field goals: 0. Rebounds: Belle Fourche 26 (Ward 9); Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Kramer 10). Assists: Belle Fourche 10 (Willard 3); Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Kramer 2). Total fouls: Belle Fourche 12; Mobridge-Pollock 13. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 20. JV Game: Belle Fourche 33-19.

Mobridge-Pollock (1-10)           4 12 29 37
McLaughlin (5-4)                     24 42 53 63
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 5 3-4 13, Maranda Wagner 2 0-2 4, Aundrea Kramer 5 1-2 11, Cassi Heumiller 3 1-2 7, Kaitlin Good Shield 0 0-2 0, Kylee Wagner 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 5-12 37.
McLaughlin: McKenna Vetter 2 0-0 4, Jayda Bad Horse 7 0-0 16, Bobbi Jamerson 6 0-0 13, Shaunte Brownotter 4 2-3 12, Shayla Gayton 3 2-2 8, Tariq Brown Otter 3 0-0 6, Tayln Carry Moccasin 1 0-0 2, Billi Jamerson 1 0-2 2, Totals 27 4-7 63.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 0; McLaughlin 5 (Bad Horse 3, Bobbi Jamerson, S. Brown Otter). Rebounds: 31; McLaughlin 40. Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 7; McLaughlin 15. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 24; McLaughlin 17.

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