Lady Tigers hold off Standing Rock for second win of season
By Jay Davis
The Lady Tigers learned a bit about the fine line between winning and losing in two games this week. Mobridge-Pollock held on for a 58-56 win over Standing Rock in Ft. Yates on Monday after letting one slip away and dropping a 40-37 game to Stanley County in Ft. Pierre on Friday.
The Lady Tigers earned their second win of the season and put the skids on a eight-game losing streak and a 10-game road losing streak in beating Standing Rock 58-56 in Ft. Yates on Monday.
“It wasn’t easy,” said coach Ann LaMont. “One of the things that has impressed me all season is the girls don’t make excuses and they learn from their mistakes. They were the aggressors last night (Monday), not the ones being pushed around.”
Free throws played a starring role in the win. After taking a 17-15 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers went on a 17-5 run in the second quarter. Getting Standing Rock in foul trouble helped the Lady Tigers score seven charity points in the quarter. Kaitlyn Goodshield connected on five of six free throws during the run.
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on and eventually led by 15 points at 39-24 early in the second half. Standing Rock was not deterred and started up comeback road with a 7-3 run to end the third quarter.
The rally took on life in the fourth quarter when Standing Rock started with a 6-0 run. Megan Long scored four points and Jaylee Four Swords three as the Warriors closed the cap to four before a Latasha Lawrence three made it 50-49. The Warriors took the lead when Ryane Wolf Necklace scored on the next possession.
With two minutes to play, the Lady Tigers needed to respond. They found their answer at the free throw line. Kylee Wagner gave the Tigers a 52-51 lead with two free throws with a minute and a half left. Alexa Schaefbauer made it 54-51 ten seconds later. Wolf Necklace tied the game with a conventional three-point play, but Schaefbauer hit two more to put the Lady Tigers up 56-54. Ariana Gates tied the game at 56-56. The Lady Tigers stepped up their defense and held Standing Rock scoreless the rest of the way. On the offensive side, Schaefbauer hit one of two free throws with 42 seconds left and did the same with 6.5 seconds left, making it 58-56 in favor of the Lady Tigers. The Warriors had one more chance, but the Lady Tiger defense took the ball away.
“Alexa’s free throws down the stretch were huge,” said LaMont. “The girls made a lot of important free throws.”
Most important to LaMont was how the girls reacted with the game on the line.
“They stepped up and took care of the basketball,” said LaMont. “On defense, they were picking up girls at midcourt and not giving up any easy looks.”
Goodshield led a balanced Lady Tiger offense with 17 points. Schaefbauer used eight free throws for a 12-point game. Aundrea Kramer, Chelsy Hoffman and Kylee Wagner scored nine points each. Kramer and Kylee Wagner pounded the boards with 11 rebounds each. Maranda Wagner helped break the Standing Rock press with five assists.
Four Swords and Gates scored 13 points each to lead Standing Rock. Lawrence added 12 points.
With the opportunity to win their first road game, the Lady Tigers let one slip away and lost a 40-37 game to Stanley County in Ft. Pierre on Friday.
Goodshield hit two straight baskets for five points and the Lady Tigers led 34-29 with 2:50 to play. The Lady Tigers went to the free throw line on their next two possessions, but scored just one of a possible four points. Then the home team got hot. Over the next minute, Ali Scott sandwiched four points around a Bailey Tibbs three-pointer and suddenly the five-point lead was a two-point deficit. With their chance to cement victory, the Lady Buffaloes hit four straight free throws and held on for the three-point win.
“We didn’t finish,” said LaMont. “Mental errors were the biggest detriment.”
Not reacting well to their first chance to win a game in a month and first road game of the year cost the Lady Tigers.
“We weren’t aggressive on the defensive end,” said LaMont. “We let them shoot some wide open looks.”
Foul shooting played a bigger role than just the late fourth quarter. Stanley County took advantage of 33 trips to the free throw line to outscore the Lady Tigers 22-11 from the free throw line.
Goodshield led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. Hoffman scored 10. Kramer and Kylee Wagner added five points each.
Nicole Smith led Stanley County with a game-high 15 points. Scott and Tawny Whitley added six points each.
The Lady Tigers will play their final regular season game on Friday in Winner against the 12-6 Warriors. Mobridge-Pollock beat Winner 32-29 last season at Scherr-Howe Events Center to tie the all-time series at 11-11.
Mobridge-Pollock (2-17) 17 34 42 58
Standing Rock 15 20 31 56
Mobridge-Pollock: Maranda Wagner 1 0-1 2, Cassi Heumiller 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Goodshield 5 56- 17, Aundrea Kramer 4 1-2 9, Chelsy Hoffman 2 5-12 9, Alexa Schaefbauer 2 8-12 12, Kylee Wagner 2 5-8 9, Totals 16 24-41 58.
Standing Rock: Gabbi Norris 0 0-0 0, Latasha Lawrence 5 1-1 12, Jaylee Four Swords 4 4-5 13, Megan Long 1 2-2 4, Ashlynn Sandland 1 3-5 5, Ariana Gates 4 4-8 13, Ryane Wolf Necklace 4 1-3 9, Totals 19 16-24 56.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Goodshield 2); Standing Rock 2 (Lawrence, Four Swords). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 40 (Kramer 11, K. Wagner 11). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Kramer 3). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 12 (M. Wagner 5). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 20 (Heumiller, Kramer out); Standing Rock 39 (Norris, Four Swords, Sandland, Wolf Necklace out). Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 22; Standing Rock 25.
Mobridge-Pollock (1-17) 5 12 24 37
Stanley County (2-16) 6 10 24 40
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 4 2-2 10, Maranda Wagner 1 0-0 3, Kaitlyn Goodshield 3 5-6 13, Aundrea Kramer 1 3-6 5, Cassi Heumiller 0 1-2 1, Kylee Wagner 2 1-3 5, Alexa Schaefbauer 0 0-2 0, Totals 11 12-21 37.
Stanley County: Nicole Smith 2 10-18 15, Josie Kennedy 1 0-0 3, Ali Scott 1 4-5 6, Tawnee Whitley 1 3-4 6, Cody Ryckman 1 3-4 5, Bailey Tibbs 1 2-2 5, Totals 7 22-33 40.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Goodshield 2, M. Wagner); Stanley County 4 (Smith, Kennedy, Whitley, Tibbs). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 33; Stanley County 22 (Smith 10). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Hoffman, Kramer out). Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 24; Stanley County 7.