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Kia Heide dished out two assists and had three steals in Nevis' 61-49 Section 5A playoff win over Laporte Monday night. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Despite defeating Laporte handily twice during the regular season, Nevis head coach Bradley Neyens expected a close game when these Northwoods Conference rivals met in the first round of the Section 5A North girls basketball playoffs Monday night at the Tiger Arena.

Laporte, the No. 10 seed, gave the No. 7-seeded Tigers a battle before Nevis prevailed with a 61-49 victory.

Nevis, which defeated the Wildcats 62-32 and 67-23 during the regular season, managed only a 30-29 halftime lead before Kali Oelschlager hit a 3-pointer and Tori Carrier hit some clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Katie Kamphaus' 20 points, Ava Isaacson's double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Annalise Ahrendt's five steals and three assists led the Tigers, who improved to 10-17 on the season.

Laporte ends the season with a 3-23 record.

"It was a battle. I told the girls before the game to not expect to see the same Laporte team we had seen earlier in the season," said Neyens. "The key for us was post play. They couldn't handle us down there. I thought we did a nice job of not turning the ball over and creating a few turnovers with our press. Once we got the lead in the second half, we made some big shots and crucial free throws to seal the deal. We came out a little slow, but we grinded out a nice playoff win. If felt great. I'm proud of the way my girls played."

NEVIS: Isaacson 5 0-2 11, Ahrendt 2 0-1 5, Heide 1 0-0 3, Neyens 1 0-0 2, Pyburn 1 2-6 4, Carrier 1 5-7 7, Oelschlager 3 2-4 9, Kamphaus 9 2-3 20. Totals: 23 for 70 (FG), 11 for 23 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 30, Laporte 29. Three-pointers: Isaacson 1, Ahrendt 1, Heide 1, Oelschlager 1. Rebounds: Nevis 40 (Isaacson 10, Pyburn 6, Kamphaus 6, Neyens 5, Oelschlager 4, Ahrendt 3, Heide 3, Carrier 3). Assists: Nevis 9 (Ahrendt 3, Heide 2, Isaacson 1, Neyens 1, Pyburn 1, Kamphaus 1). Steals: Nevis 17 (Ahrendt 5, Heide 3, Kamphaus 3, Pyburn 2, Carrier 2, Isaacson 1, Neyens 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 2 (Pyburn 1, Kamphaus 1). Team fouls: Nevis 15. Turnovers: Nevis 13.

Isaacson shines

Isaacson's 28 points and 12 rebounds led the Tigers to a 66-38 win over Northland in the regular-season finale on Feb. 23.

Kamphaus also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Carrier also scored 10 points. Ashley Pyburn chipped in eight rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Tigers, who jumped out to a 29-13 halftime lead.

"It was a physical game and our girls handled it quite well," said Neyens. "When we rebound well, we win games and we rebounded great. Our defense frustrated Northland and we never let off the gas. We played great and as a team. It feels good to get a win on the last game of the regular season, giving us some momentum for the playoffs."

NEVIS: 14 0-0 28, Ahrendt 3 0-0 7, Heide 0 1-2 1, Frazier 0 0-0 0, Neyens 0 0-0 0, Lindow 0 0-0 0, Pyburn 2 0-1 4, Carrier 5 0-0 10, Umthun 0 0-0 0, Oelschlager 2 0-0 4, Mastley 1 0-1 2, Kamphaus 5 0-0 10. Totals: 32 for 94 (FG), 1 for 4 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 29, Northland 13. Three-pointers: Ahrendt 1. Rebounds: Nevis 56 (Kamphaus 14, Isaacson 12, Pyburn 8, Ahrendt 5, Oelschlager 4, Mastley 4, Carrier 3, Frazier 2, Lindow 2, Heide 1, Neyens 1). Assists: Nevis 10 (Pyburn 4, Isaacson 3, Ahrendt 3). Steals: Nevis 20 (Pyburn 5, Isaacson 3, Carrier 3, Oelschlager 3, Kamphaus 3, Frazier 1, Lindow 1, Umthun 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 2 (Heide 1, Oelschlager 1). Team fouls: Nevis 23. Turnovers: Nevis 17.

Pirates prevail

Haley Youngbauer's 16 points and Mardi Ehrmantraut's 10 points led Verndale to a 54-25 win over the Tigers on Feb. 22.

Isaacson (8) and Kia Heidi (7) combined for 15 points for the Tigers, who trailed 27-11 at the half. Pyburn had eight rebounds, Isaacson dished out three assists, and Heide had four blocked shots and three steals for Nevis, which turned the ball over 31 times.

"It was a tough night for us in all aspects of the game," said Neyens. "We didn't shoot well, we didn't rebound well and we didn't protect the basketball."

NEVIS: Isaacson 3 1-4 8, Ahrendt 0 0-0 0, Heide 2 3-4 7, Frazier 0 0-2 0, Neyens 0 0-0 0, Lindow 1 0-0 2, Pyburn 1 0-4 2, Carrier 0 2-2 2, Oelschlager 1 0-0 2, Kamphaus 1 0-1 2. Totals: 9 for 32 (FG), 6 for 17 (FT).

VERNDALE: Youngbauer 16, Ehrmantraut 10, Thompson 8, Hammer 7, Johnson 4, Glenz 2, Olsson 2, Jones 2, Brownlow 2, Bounds 1.

Halftime: Verndale 27, Nevis 11. Three-pointers: Isaacson 1. Rebounds: Nevis 20 (Pyburn 8, Carrier 4, Isaacson 3, Neyens 2, Ahrendt 1, Oelschlager 1, Kamphaus 1). Assists: Nevis 6 (Isaacson 3, Lindow 1, Pyburn 1, Kamphaus 1). Steals: Nevis 11 (Heide 3, Pyburn 2, Carrier 2, Isaacson 1, Ahrendt 1, Oelschlager 1, Kamphaus 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 10 (Heide 4, Pyburn 2, Oelschlager 2, Carrier 1, Kamphaus 1). Team fouls: Nevis 15. Fouled out: Heide. Turnovers: Nevis 31.

Pyburn keys win

Pyburn justed missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in leading the Tigers to a 60-53 win over Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 20.

Isaacson also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Heide scored 16 points, and Kamphaus had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers prevailed despite missing 24 of 34 free throws.

"We didn't play our best basketball. We didn't rebound well and we didn't work as hard on defense as I would like," said Neyens. "There were times that I felt that we had the game under control, but then we would let them back in it."

NEVIS: Isaacson 4 2-2 10, Ahrendt 1 0-2 2, Heide 6 1-10 16, Neyens 1 0-0 2, Pyburn 4 3-11 12, Carrier 1 3-7 5, Oelschlager 0 0-0 0, Kamphaus 6 1-2 13. Totals: 23 for 50 (FG), 10 for 34 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 23, B-H 21. Three-pointers: Heide 3, Pyburn 1. Rebounds: Nevis 44 (Isaacson 10, Pyburn 10, Kamphaus 9, Heide 4, Neyens 4, Carrier 3, Ahrendt 2, Oelschlager 2). Assists: Nevis 18 (Pyburn 9, Isaacson 2, Ahrendt 2, Carrier 2, Oelschlager 2, Heide 1). Steals: Nevis 11 (Isaacson 2, Heide 2, Pyburn 2, Carrier 2, Ahrendt 1, Neyens 1, Oelschlager 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 4 (Kamphaus 2, Heide 1, Oelschlager 1). Team fouls: Nevis 16. Turnovers: Nevis 11.

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