Timber Lake wins Region 8B title

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By Jay Davis

Kristie Mettler scored 27 points to lead Timber Lake to a 63-50 win in the Region 8B championship game in Faith on Tuesday.

Kristie Mettler scored 27 points to lead Timber Lake to a 63-50 win in the Region 8B championship game in Faith on Tuesday.

Timber Lake took control with a 19-2 burst in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Panthers defeated Newell 63-50 in the Region 8B championship game in Faith on Tuesday, sending Timber Lake on its first trip to state since 2007.
Teams do not go away easily in region championship games. Newell fought back to outscore Timber Lake 25-15 in the second quarter to get within seven points at the half. Timber Lake held strong in the third quarter and then used sharp free throw shooting to outscore the Irrigators 14-8 in the fourth quarter.
Kristie Mettler busted out a 27-point game to lead the Lady Panthers. She hit three three-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and picked off five steals. Makense Nehl scored 14 points (4-4 free throws), grabbed six boards and dished out six assists. Jordan Bickel scored 11 points and hauled in six rebounds. Courtney Dahlgren added nine points.
Taylor Trohkimoinen led Newell with 24 points, including 11 of 11 free throw shooting, nine rebounds and five assists. Ashley Hills scored 11 points and Tera Williamson scored eight.
The Lady Panthers, at 16-7, now wait to see who fills out the state bracket and will join them at the State B Basketball Tournament in the Huron Arena on March 7 through 9. Region 7B winner Wall is the only other team that qualified last night.

Timber Lake (16-7) 19 34 49 63
Newell (16-7) 2 27 42 50
Timber Lake: Makense Nehl 5 4-4 14, Kristie Mettler 9 6-8 27, Kathryn Biegler 0 0-0 0, Courtney Dahlgren 4 0-0 9, Jordan Bickel 4 3-4 11, Pelagie Jewett 1 0-0 2, Totals 23 13-16 63.
Newell: Courtney Dahlberg 0 1-2 1, Tera Williamson 2 2-6 8, Ashley Hills 4 3-4 11, Taylor Trohkimoinen 6 11-11 24, Kellsie Collins 1 0-0 2, Chantel Wheeler 2 0-0 4, Totals 15 17-23 50.
3-point field goals: Timber Lake 4 (Mettler 3, Dahlgren); Newell 3 (Williamson 2, Trohkimoinen). Rebounds: Timber Lake 26 (Nehl 6, Mettler 6, Bickel 6); Newell 38 (Trohkimoinen 9, Wheeler 8). Assists: Timber Lake 9 (Nehl 6); Newell 8 (Trohkimoinen 5). Steals: Timber Lake 11 (Mettler 5); Newell 4. Total fouls: Timber Lake 16 (Bickel out); Newell 18 (Trohkimoinen out). Turnovers: Timber Lake 12; Newell 17.

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