PR-B holds on to defeat Nevis girls

Nevis boys lock up conference title with win over Pine River-Backus.

Nevis' Liddy DeWulf forced a jump ball with Pine River-Backus' Ramsey Tulenchik during a Northwoods Conference game at the Tiger Arena on Tuesday, March 9. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

In the first meeting this season, Pine River-Backus rolled to a 73-34 victory over the Nevis girls basketball team on Feb. 9.

The rematch at the Tiger Arena was a different story.

The Tigers battled to a 29-29 tie early in the second half before Pine River-Backus built a double-digit lead and held on for a 61-54 victory on Tuesday, March 9.

Three 3-pointers by Emily Hanneken and a 3-pointer by Olivia Adkins gave PR-B a 14-6 lead with 13:40 to play in the first half. A jumper by Kayli Bessler and a 3-pointer by Mya Stacey pulled Nevis to within 17-15 at the 7:49 mark before Rylie Hirschey hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup as PR-B led 22-15 with 7:25 remaining in the opening half.

Nevis countered as Makenna Frazier scored on a layup and hit a jumper, Addison Lindow turned a steal into a layup and Ava Isaacson scored inside as the Tigers claimed their only lead of the game at 27-25 with 25 seconds to go before the break. A layup by Ramsey Tulenchik tied the game at 27-27 at the half.


Tulenchik and Frazier exchanged layups to start the second half as the game was tied at 29-29 with 16:54 to play. Back-to-back layups by Jamie Johnson and Adkins put PR-B in front to stay.

Tulenchik and Adkins turned steals into layups and Adkins hit a 3-pointer as PR-B extended the lead to 46-36 with 7:33 remaining. Layups by Bessler, Liddy DeWulf and Lindow were countered by a layup by Johnson and a 3-pointer by Hanneken as PR-B led 53-42 with 5:05 to go.

A jumper by Isaacson, a 3-pointer by Lindow and a jumper by Emily Funk cut the gap to 55-49 with 2:49 left, but a pair of layups by Tulenchik pushed the lead to 61-51 at the 1:01 mark. Isaacson hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to conclude the scoring.

Frazier (16) and Isaacson (13) hit double figures for the Tigers while Tulenchik (22), Hanneken (12) and Adkins (10) scored in double digits for PR-B.

The win lifted PR-B to 6-1 against Section 5A opponents, 7-3 in the conference and 10-6 overall. Nevis fell to 1-6 in section games, 5-7 against conference teams and 7-9 overall.

“Even though it was a loss, it was an excellent morale booster for our team to play against one of the best teams in our conference. In the first meeting, we were without Addi due to sickness. Addi showed her importance to this team with great court presence and the ability to help break their press, which we really struggled with in the first meeting,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. “Makenna and Mya did a super job containing Hirschey with their full court man-to-man pressure on her the whole game. All of the girls contributed in some way to make this an exciting game against a quality team. I'm very proud of them all. I think the girls are tired of being the doormat for teams in the past. I think the girls made a statement in this game. If you're going to play them, they're going to come out swinging and they now believe that they have the potential to compete with anyone in the conference on a given night.”

PINE RIVER-BACKUS: Adkins 4 0-0 10, Tulenchik 10 2-8 22, Johnson 3 2-2 8, Hanneken 4 0-0 12, Hirschey 3 2-2 9. Totals: 24 (FG), 6 for 12 (FT).
NEVIS: Frazier 8 0-2 16, Funk 2 2-2 6, Isaacson 4 4-6 13, Lindow 3 0-0 7, Bessler 2 3-5 7, Carrier 0 0-0 0, DeWulf 1 0-0 2, Stacey 1 0-0 3. Totals: 21 (FG), 9 for 15 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 27, PR-B 27. Three-pointers: Adkins 2, Hanneken 4, Hirschey 1, Isaacson 1, Lindow 1. Team fouls: PR-B 14, Nevis 12.

Tigers win at PR-B

The Nevis boys basketball team used a strong shooting night to defeat Pine River-Backus 86-69 in a Northland Conference game at Pine River on Tuesday, March 9.

Nevis made 29 of 51 shots, including 12 of 21 3-pointers, and hit 16 of 21 free throws in the game to maintain first place in the conference standings.


Derek Lindow (21), Eddie Kramer (18) and Ty Warrington (16) hit double figures while Joe Houchin (9), Cain Mitchell (9), JP Benson (8) and Jack McNamee (5) rounded out the scoring for Nevis. The Tigers, behind Kramer’s 13 points, led 45-28 at the half.

Warrington had seven assists and three steals, Lindow had five rebounds and four assists, McNamee contributed six assists and two steals, Benson had three rebounds, and Mitchell had three steals as the Tigers repeated as conference champs. The win lifted the Tigers to 6-0 against Section 8A opponents, 12-1 in the conference and 15-2 overall. Cass Lake-Bena is 11-1 in the conference with one game remaining.

Champ Howard (21), Brady Bristow (16) and Jared Hamilton (15) scored in double figures as PR-B fell to 5-4 in section play, 6-6 in the conference and 7-9 overall.

“We got off to a good start, which was important as we haven’t played particularly well there in the past. We blew the game open early in the second half as we built the lead to over 30 points,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team defeated PR-B 82-51 on Jan. 28. “It was a great win for us as we claimed the Northland Conference title. This is the first time that we have won back-to-back conference titles.”

NEVIS: Lindow 21, Kramer 18, Warrington 16, Houchin 9, Mitchell 9, Benson 8, McNamee 5.
PINE RIVER-BACKUS: Howard 21, Bristow 16, Hamilton 15, Travis 8, Marcum 6, Struss 3.
Halftime: Nevis 45, PR-B 28.

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