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Balanced scoring leads Tigers past Aitkin

The Nevis girls basketball team tuned up for that victory by defeating Northome-Kelliher.

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Five players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis girls basketball team to a 76-67 win over Aitkin at the Tiger Arena on Friday, March 5.

Ava Isaacson and Makenna Frazier combined for 21 points as the Tigers claimed a 42-21 lead at the half.

Addison Lindow (16), Kayli Bessler (14), Isaacson (13), Frazier (10), Emily Funk (10), Mya Stacey (6), Liddy DeWulf (4) and Maggie Carrier (3) accounted for the scoring for the Tigers, who made 22 of 32 free throws in the win.

The win lifted Nevis’ record to 7-8 while Aitkin fell to 3-13.

“For playing in a tough game the night before, I thought the girls came out very sharp and aggressive while putting up 42 points. In the second half, Aitkin shut down Ava and Makenna. Our freshman and sophomores picked up the slack and dumped in a combined 32 points to secure the win,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. “We are no longer concerned about not ever winning. We are now concerned about how we are finishing while winning. We'll take that at this point.”

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The Tigers avenged a 59-54 loss to Northome-Kelliher on Feb. 19 with a 57-49 Northwoods Conference win at Kelliher on Thursday, March 4.

Isaacson (20) and Frazier (16) scored in double figures while Lindow (9), Funk (5), Bessler (4) and Stacey (3) rounded out the scoring. The Tigers, who led 27-21 at the half, improved to 5-6 in the conference while Northome-Kelliher fell to 6-7 in the conference and 8-7 overall.

“This was a nice win for the girls as they lost to NK the first time in a game we should have won at home,” said Schroeder. “So to go there and close out the game as they did making some key baskets and free throws down the stretch for a win was not only a confidence builder for them, but a statement from the girls to NK that even though they upset us the first time, it was not going to happen again.”

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley rallied from a 37-29 halftime deficit to defeat the Tigers 61-56 in a conference game at the Tiger Arena on March 2.

Isaacson (15) and Funk (12) hit double figures with Lindow (9), Bessler (7), Frazier (5), Stacey (5) and DeWulf (3) completing the scoring. Nevis made only 4 of 23 shots in the second half after hitting 13 of 32 shots in the first half.

The Wolves, who defeated Nevis 53-44 on Feb. 1, improved to 4-4 in the conference and 6-7 overall.

“This was a tough loss. Once again, the girls played very hard and gave it everything they had. It was a very fun and exciting girls high school game to watch. Saying that, the stats don't lie. When we shoot well, as we did in the first half, we're a pretty good team. When we shoot like we did in the second half, you will probably lose more often than not as we did,” said Schroeder. “One thing I've learned from these girls, they have no quit in them. As they become better and more consistent shooters, quality wins should take care of themselves.”

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