Streak over: Lady Tigers defeat Standing Rock 50-44
By Jay Davis
The Lady Tigers put a year of losing to rest with a 50-44 win over Standing Rock at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Monday.
“It was nice to get the win,” said coach Ann LaMont. “The girls were very excited.”
LaMont said that ending the losing streak was something her girls earned with their dedication in practice every day.
“It’s kind of a validation of all the hard work they have put in all season,” said LaMont.
The Lady Tigers got out of gate quickly. All five starters hit a basket as the team jumped out to an 11-0 lead. The Warriors worked back into the game with a 9-2 run to close the gap to 13-9 early in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers answered with a 9-0 run of their own to open a 24-11 lead before the Warriors ended the first half by outscoring the Lady Tigers 8-2, making the halftime score 26-19. Chelsy Hoffman and Kaitlin Good Shield scored seven points each in the first half.
The Lady Tigers opened a 33-22 lead early in the third quarter on threes by Good Shield and Alexa Schaefbauer. Standing Rock fought back with threes by Ryan Wolf Necklace and Breane Harrison as part of a 10-2 run that drew the Warriors within three points at 35-32 by the end of the third quarter.
The Warrior run continued early in the fourth quarter and Wolf Necklace and Harrison combined for five points to give Standing Rock its first lead of the game at 37-35 with a minute gone in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers took advantage of Standing Rock foul trouble the rest of the game. Good Shield hit two charity shots to tie the game at 37-37. Hoffman hit two more to make it 39-39 with 4:43 to play. With just under four minutes to play, a Standing Rock foul and ensuing technical foul gave the Lady Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. Schaefbauer hit two free throws to give the Lady Tigers the lead and Good Shield hit two more to make the score 43-39. Following eight straight free throws made, the Tigers took a 45-39 lead on a more conventional two-point basket by Good Shield with 2:15 to play.
The Lady Tigers had been in this same place more than once this season, but on this night the opposition did not find a way to snatch the victory away. The Lady Tigers controlled the ball and kept momentum, and hit a field goal and three free throws down the stretch to win the game and put 19 straight losses behind them.
“The last two minutes the girls handled the pressure and held their composure and it was pretty hectic out there,” said LaMont. “They maintained their focus, took care of the ball and executed.”
Good Shield led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 17 points and five rebounds. Schaefbauer scored 11 points and dished three assists. Hoffman finished with 10 points. Aundrea Kramer added six points and five boards.
While she did not score, Sam Good Shield played an integral part in the win, defending Wolf Necklace and holding her without a point over the last seven minutes.
“Sam forced her (Wolf Necklace) to go to her left,” said LaMont. “That was huge.”
Wolf Necklace led Standing Rock with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Mataya Harrison scored nine points. Keisha Bailey added seven points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Tigers could not finish the game the way they wanted as they dropped a 35-34 game to Stanley County at home on Friday.
The Lady Tigers led 34-32 with 11 seconds left when Lady Buffalo Cody Ryckman hit two free throws to tie the game. The Lady Tigers turned the ball over on their ensuing possession. In the scramble for the ball, Ryckman was fouled again with 4.1 seconds remaining. She hit the second of two charity shots and Stanley County escaped with the win.
“We talked about how you have to finish the last two minutes after the game,” said LaMont. “It paid off on Monday.”
Trailing most of game, the Lady Tigers were staring down a 24-17 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. With Hoffman hitting a three and two conventional baskets and Kramer scoring five points, the Lady Tigers fought back to take a 33-32 lead with 35 seconds remaining. The hard-fought comeback was not to be, as the Buffaloes recovered to pull off the late win.
The Lady Tigers held Stanley County to just seven field goals, but committed 23 fouls, allowing the Lady Buffaloes to convert 19 of 30 shots from the free throw line.
“We played great defense,” said LaMont. “But you can’t put teams at the free throw line. Some times it’s over-aggressiveness, and we want them being aggressive, but it has to be a controlled aggressiveness.”
Kramer led the Lady Tigers with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double. Hoffman scored nine points and ReAnne Kohlus added five.
Kiyana Martin led Stanley County with 15 points. Bailey Tibbs scored 10 points and Ryckman added nine.
The Lady Tigers’ reward for their first win of the season is closing out the regular season by hosting 18-1 Winner on Friday and traveling to 16-1 Lemmon on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers and Warriors will be playing for the 24th time on Friday. The Warriors won a 59-19 game in Winner last season to stop a Lady Tiger three-game win streak and take a 12-11 lead in the all-time series.
The season finale will be the 51st meeting between the Lady Tigers and Cowgirls. Lemmon won a 70-33 game in Mobridge last season. The Lady Tigers had won the last three and 15 of the last 16 previous meetings and hold a 30-20 lead in the all-time series.
Standing Rock 5 19 32 44
Mobridge-Pollock (1-17) 11 26 35 50
Standing Rock: Ashlynn Sandland 1 0-0 2, Ryan Wolf Necklace 6 0-0 14, Mataya Harrison 4 1-2 9, Breane Harrison 2 0-0 6, Charlie Bailey 0 0-2 0, Keisha Bailey 3 1-2 7, Autumn Alkire 1 0-0 2, Megan Molash 2 0-0 4, Totals15 2-6 44.
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 3 3-4 10, Kaitlin Good Shield 4 7-10 17, Aundrea Kramer 1 4-6 6, Alexa Schaefbauer 3 4-7 11, ReAnne Kohlus 2 0-0 4, Taylor Brekke 1 0-0 2, Totals 14 18-27 50.
3-point field goals: Standing Rock 4 (Wolf Necklace 2, B. Harrison 2); Mobridge-Pollock 4 (K. Good Shield 2, Hoffman, Schaefbauer). Rebounds: Standing Rock 30 (Wolf Necklace 11, K. Bailey 8); Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Good Shield 5, Kramer 5). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 9 (Schaefbauer 3). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 14. Blocks: Standing Rock 6; Mobridge-Pollock 3. Total fouls: Standing Rock 21 (Sandland out); Mobridge-Pollock 11. Turnovers: Standing Rock 25; Mobridge-Pollock 16. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock 46-36.
Stanley County (5-13) 10 17 24 35
Mobridge-Pollock (0-17) 5 12 17 34
Stanley County: Cody Ryckman 2 5-8 9, Josie Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Bailey Tibbs 1 8-12 10, Tawnee Whitley 0 0-0 0, Kiyana Martin 4 5-8 15, Lily Cook 0 1-2 1, Totals 7 19-30 35.
Mobridge-Pollock: Chelsy Hoffman 4 0-0 9, Aundrea Kramer 7 1-2 15, Alexa Schaefbauer 0 1-3 1, Sam Good Shield 0 1-2 1, Taylor Brekke 0 1-3 1, Kaitlin Good Shield 1 0-0 2, ReAnne Kohlus 2 1-3 5, Totals 14 5-13 34.
3-point field goals: Stanley County 2 (Martin 2); Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Hoffman). Rebounds: Stanley County 25 (Whitley 6); Mobridge-Pollock 29 (Kramer 11). Total fouls: Stanley County 14; Mobridge-Pollock 23 (K. Good Shield out). Turnovers: Stanley County 20; Mobridge-Pollock 18. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock 24-20.