Lady Tiger offense comes to life in fourth quarter


By Jay Davis

The Lady Tigers gather around coach Ann LaMont during a time out in the Mobridge-Pollock versus Miller game at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Friday. The Rustlers beat the Lady Tigers 48-28.

The Lady Tigers gather around coach Ann LaMont during a time out in the Mobridge-Pollock versus Miller game at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Friday. The Rustlers beat the Lady Tigers 48-28.

The Lady Tigers fell to 0-8 with a home loss to Miller on Friday and a road loss at Groton Area on Saturday, but showed signs of life with a season-high in points in the 49-37 loss to the 7-2 Groton Area Tigers.
“We played our best basketball game we’ve played all year,” said coach Ann LaMont. “We did a good job of staying in the game.”
After falling behind early, the Lady Tigers fought to stay within striking distance in the first half and trailed just 28-16 at the intermission. Groton controlled the third quarter with a 12-3 run then extended the lead to 40-19.
The Lady Tigers did not back down and ended the game with an 18-9 run in the fourth quarter.
“We did a good job running our zone offense,” said LaMont. “We started making some shots and having confidence. And we had some momentum swings.”
Kaitlin Good Shield led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, including 10 points in the fourth quarter. Chelsy Hoffman scored 10 points. Aundrea Kramer added six points and seven rebounds. Naomi Stroeder scored four points and blocked five shots.
LaMont likes the fight she is starting to see in her Lady Tigers.
“The girls are pushing back,” said LaMont, “and attacking more.”
Courtney Kurtz had a dominant game for Groton Area with a game-high 28 points. No other Groton Area player managed more than four points. Camille Sippel had a team-leading seven rebounds.

The Lady Tigers were bitten by the turnover bug in a 48-28 loss to Miller at home on Friday.
In a game where both teams were looking for a much-needed win, Mobridge-Pollock committed 35 turnovers in the game. That led to foul trouble, especially in the second quarter when Miller hit eight of 14 free throws.
“The turnovers killed us,” said LaMont, “and they were unforced sometimes. Then we fouled too much and gave them free shots. We made them look better than they are.”
Kramer led the Lady Tigers with five points and a game-high eight rebounds. Hoffman scored a team-leading eight points. Stroeder had four points, four rebounds and four blocked shots.
Jamie Mentzer led Miller with a game-high 20 points. Kristen Peterka added nine points. Mentzer and Peterka grabbed five rebounds each.

Crow Creek
The Lady Tigers will host Crow Creek on Friday as part of a Lady Tiger/Tiger double header.
LaMont thinks her girls are ready to take the next step and put an end to their losing streak.
“We know we can hang with a team, now we have to beat one,” said LaMont.
The Lady Tigers are 11-3 all-time against 2-6 Crow Creek, but the Lady Chieftains have won the last three, including a 63-27 win in Stephan last season.
On Saturday the Lady Tigers head to Eagle Butte to square off against the 7-5 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves.
The Lady Tigers hold a 34-17 edge in the all-time series against a Braves team they have held a rivalry with since the 1978 season. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte beat the Lady Tigers 57-32 in the season-opener. The teams split two games last season. The Braves won 63-25 in Eagle Butte before the Lady Tigers won 42-40 at home.

Mobridge-Pollock (0-8)             8 16 19 37
Groton Area (7-2)                     18 28 40 49
Mobridge-Pollock: ReAnne Kohlus 1 0-0 2, Naomi Stroeder 2 0-0 4, Kaitlin Good Shield 5 0-0 14, Alexa Schaefbauer 0 1-4 1, Aundrea Kramer 3 0-0 6, Chelsy Hoffman 3 2-2 10, Totals 14 3-6 37.
Groton Area: Halle Dohman 1 1-2 3, Kylie Hawkins 2 1-1 5, Carly Wheeting 1 2-2 4, Camille Sippel 1 0-0 3, Courtney Kurtz 11 5-7 28, Tori Bjerke 2 0-2 4, Natalia Dohman 1 0-2 2, Totals 19 9-18 49.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 6 (Good Shield 4, Hoffman 2); Groton Area 2 (Sippel, Kurtz). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 20 (Kramer 7); Groton Area 25 (Sippel 7). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 14; Groton Area 12. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 29; Groton Area 15.

Miller (2-4)                              11 27 35 48
Mobridge-Pollock (0-7)             6 16 19 28
Miller: Jamie Mentzer 5 9-16 20, Annie Fulton 0 2-4 2, Kristen Peterka 4 1-5 9, Kristie Steptoe 3 0-0 6, Denae Schlechter 2 0-0 4, Rilea Mielke 0 1-2 1, Shaly Werdel 2 1-2 5, Shae Knox 1 0-0 2, Tia Powlowski 0 0-2 0, Totals 17 13-30 48.
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 4 0-3 8, Taylor Brekke 0 0-0 0, Aundrea Kramer 1 3-4 5, ReAnne Kohlus 0 0-0 0, Sam Good Shield 1 0-2 2, Alexa Schaefbauer 1 1-2 3, Kaitlin Good Shield 2 0-0 6, Lauren Henderson 1 2-4 4, Naomi Stroeder 0 0-1 0, Totals 10 6-16 28.
3-point field goals: Miller 1 (Mentzer); Mobridge-Pollock 2 (K. Good Shield 2). Rebounds: Miller 23 (Peterka 5, Mentzer 5); Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Kramer 8, Kohlus 4, Stroeder 4). Total fouls: Miller 18; Mobridge-Pollock 26. Turnovers: Miller 25; Mobridge-Pollock 35.

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