Balanced Tigers run by Mustangs

Four players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis girls basketball team to an 80-53 victory over Kelliher-Northome.

Ava Isaacson put up a shot during Nevis' win over Kelliher-Northome at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Jan. 3. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Four players scored at least 14 points as the Nevis girls basketball team defeated Kelliher-Northome 80-53 in a Northwoods Conference game at the Tiger Arena on Friday, Jan. 3.

Nevis held a 37-33 lead early in the second half before taking control by ending the game with a 43-20 run.

The first half featured six ties before the Tigers went on a 14-0 run to take the lead for good.

A 3-pointer by Ava Isaacson, a jumper by Addison Lindow, a layup by Makenna Frazier, a jumper by Isaacson and a 3-pointer by Mya Stacey gave Nevis a 12-9 lead with 11:37 to play in the first half. The Mustangs responded to claim a 17-15 edge at the 8:43 mark before Nevis used a three-point play by Isaacson, a 3-pointer by Emily Funk, a basket off a rebound by Kia Heide, a layup off a steal by Lindow and a jumper by Isaacson to build a 29-17 lead with 5:12 remaining in the opening half. A jumper by Stacey, a layup by Frazier and a three-point play by Frazier extended the advantage to 37-22 with 1:56 to play before the break.

Kelliher-Northome went on an 11-0 run to close the gap to 37-28 at the half and 37-33 with 16:48 to play before the Tigers responded with a layup off a steal by Frazier and a jumper by Funk to extend the lead to 45-33. A layup by Heide and a pair of putbacks by Isaacson gave Nevis a 51-42 advantage with 9:01 left.


Nevis put the game away with a 29-11 run by making nine free throws along with 3-pointers by Funk and Mackenzie Mitchell, a layup by Frazier, three layups by Lindow, and three jumpers by Funk.

Frazier had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Lindow just missed a quadruple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and seven steals. Isaacson added 21 points and nine rebounds while Funk scored 14 points and hauled down seven rebounds. Heide also grabbed 11 rebounds and had four assists as the Tigers forced 32 turnovers to offset 28 turnovers in improving to 2-4 in the conference and 2-9 overall.

Bailey Lindley and Ella Raincloud scored 10 points apiece for the Mustangs, who missed 21 of 33 free throws in falling to 1-5 in conference games and 4-7 overall.

“I think there were two main keys for the win. First, the balanced scoring by Ava, Makenna, Addison and Emily was effective and impressive coming from two freshmen and two sophomores. We also had a couple of 3-point shots by Mya and Makenzie that helped when the game was close. Secondly, even though Kia only contributed 5 points in this game offensively, her man-to-man defense held Owen (who scored 18 points and 24 points against us last year in our two meetings) to 5 points in this game,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. “Even though our team has many more losses than wins, the girls have been competing and improving throughout the whole season. Their attitude and effort is not in question. Like myself, Kia has taken on a role similar to mine. She is kind of like a player/coach that is here to help and support a young team while they develop and improve. With Kia's unselfish support of coming out this year solely to help our young team out, we will continue to gain experience in January and February along with striving to improve and develop. Hopefully, with this mindset as a team, more wins will follow.”

NORTHOME-KELLIHER: Gilge 2 0-0 4, Lindley 5 0-0 10, Donnell 1 1-4 3, M. Johnson 3 3-8 9, Thayer 1 0-5 2, Charnoski 2 3-4 8, Raincloud 3 4-8 10, C. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Owen 2 1-4 5. Totals: 20 for 66 (FG), 12 for 33 (FT).
NEVIS: Frazier 5 6-11 16, Heide 2 1-2 5, Isaacson 6 8-10 21, A. Lindow 6 4-7 16, Mac. Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Mar. Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Funk 6 0-0 14, M. Lindow 0 0-0 0, Stacey 2 0-0 5, Gilmore 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 for 77 (FG), 19 for 30 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 37, K-N 28. Three-pointers: Charnoski 1, Isaacson 1, Mac. Mitchell 1, Funk 2, Stacey 1. Team fouls: K-N 21, Nevis 27. Fouled out: Isaacson. Rebounds: Nevis 55 (Frazier 11, Heide 11, Isaacson 9, A. Lindow 9, Funk 7, Mac. Mitchell 4, Stacey 2, Mar. Mitchell 2). Assists: Nevis 16 (A. Lindow 9, Heide 4, Stacey 2, Isaacson 1). Steals: Nevis 16 (A. Lindow 7, Frazier 3, Mac. Mitchell 2, Heide 2, Stacey 1, Funk 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 1 (Heide). Turnovers: Nevis 28, K-N 32.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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