Derek Lindow scored a career-high 32 points as the Nevis boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 94-50 Northland Conference win over Northome-Kelliher on Friday, Feb. 19.
Eddie Kramer added 22 points, three steals and two assists while Ty Warrington chipped in 12 points, three assists and three steals. Lindow dished out five assists, Cain Mitchell had 10 rebounds and two steals, Jack McNamee grabbed five rebounds and Dan Aman had four rebounds for the Tigers, who led 48-25 at the half.
Nevis, which was coming off losses to Cass Lake-Bena and Mahnomen/Waubun, improved to 8-1 in conference play and 9-2 overall. The Mustangs fell to 2-7 in conference games and 5-7 overall. Cass Lake-Bena is also 8-1 to share first place in the conference standings with the Tigers.
“We were able to get back into the win column by jumping out early against Northome and by playing well on both ends on our way to a lopsided win,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “It was nice to get some of our reserves some time for all of the hard work they put into practice.”
Nevis girls fall
The Tigers played shorthanded in dropping a pair of Northwoods Conference girls basketball games last week.
Nevis followed a 79-68 loss at Clearbrook-Gonvick on Feb. 16 with a 59-54 loss to Northome-Kelliher at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Feb. 19. The Tigers played without Emily Funk and Mya Stacey.
“Going into our two games this week, we knew our team would be tested and stretched to the limits as we had two of our players missing,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. “The girls responded and played very well in the first game against a very good Clearbrook/Gonvick team, but didn't play well against a team we should probably have beaten.”
Makenna Frazier scored 27 points to lead the Tigers against C-G. Ava Isaacson also hit double figures with 14 points while Kayli Bessler (9), Addison Lindow (7), Liddy DeWulf (5), Maggie Carrier (3) and Marley Mitchell (3) rounded out the scoring for Nevis. The Bears made six 3-pointers to claim a 44-30 lead at the half while forcing 21 Nevis turnovers in the game.
“The girls kept their composure and played a great second half of ball (against C-G). Our shortcoming was our 21 turnovers to their nine. Most of these turnovers came at the expense of their press,” said Schroeder. “We came away with a loss, but it was nice to see the girls compete and play well at a higher level even though we were shorthanded.”
After making 25 of 49 shots against C-G, the Tigers struggled offensively by making only 20 of 65 shots in the loss to Northome-Kelliher.
Isaacson (14), Bessler (13) and Frazier (11) scored in double figures while Lindow (8), DeWulf (4), Carrier (2) and Mitchell (2) completed the scoring. The Tigers, who led 25-24 at the half, missed 16 of 29 free throws.
“Northome-Kelliher was a much different story as our shooting plummeted. Quite frankly we just didn't play well. Big difference from three nights earlier,” said Schroeder. “It was a tough loss for us. The way I look at it is we can hang our heads, feel sorry for ourselves and start pointing fingers, or we can try to learn from our mistakes, regroup and get out on the floor again and compete. I will try to convince our team to do the latter of those two choices.”