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Tigers open playoffs with 44-42 win over B-H

Nevis used a 54-33 victory at Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 19 to secure a home playoff game for the Section 5A girls basketball tournament. The rematch when those two teams met again in the playoff opener at the Tiger Arena on Feb. 25 was a lot closer a...

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Makenna Frazier's 14 points and 19 rebounds led Nevis to a 44-42 Section 5A playoff victory over Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 25. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Nevis used a 54-33 victory at Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 19 to secure a home playoff game for the Section 5A girls basketball tournament.

The rematch when those two teams met again in the playoff opener at the Tiger Arena on Feb. 25 was a lot closer as No. 8-seeded Nevis held off a late charge by the No. 9-seeded Bears to advance with a 44-42 victory.

Nevis jumped out to a quick start as a jumper by Addison Lindow, a 3-pointer by Sadie Thurner and a layup by Ashley Pyburn produced a 7-0 lead with 11:55 to play in the first half.

A jumper by Mackenzie Mitchell kept the Tigers in front 9-7 before B-H claimed a 10-9 lead. There were nine lead changes the rest of the half as the game was tied at 19-19. Lindow scored off a rebound and Makenna Frazier and Mitchell hit jumpers for Nevis.

After the Bears took a 24-23 lead, Lindow and Frazier scored off rebounds as Nevis claimed a 31-24 advantage with 7:40 to play. Frazier scored off another rebound and Pyburn hit a pair of jumpers as the Tigers led 39-30 with 2:30 remaining. Nevis used a jumper by Katie Kamphaus to maintain a 44-37 lead with 52 seconds to play before B-H used a 3-pointer by Kaija Weishalla to cap a 5-0 run and cut the gap to 44-42 with :07 remaining. The Bears forced a Nevis turnover, but missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Nevis prevailed.

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Frazier led the Tigers with a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds while Lindow (9) and Pyburn (8) combined for 17 points. Pyburn grabbed 13 rebounds, Kamphaus had 10 rebounds, and Lindow tallied four assists and three steals as Nevis improved to 5-21. The Tigers, who won despite missing 23 of 36 free throws, advanced to play Menahga, the No. 1 seed in the North half of the bracket.

Erica VanDenheuvel’s 17 points and Mikayla Hinzmann’s 11 points led the Bears, who end the season with a 4-21 record. B-H made only 1 of 17 3-point attempts in the game.

BERTHA-HEWITT: Hinzmann 4 3-7 11, Mousseau 0 0-2 0, Weishall 2 0-0 5, Becker 2 3-6 7, VanDenheuvel 5 7-9 17. Totals: 14 for 64 (FG), 13 for 24 (FT).NEVIS: Frazier 4 6-12 14, Thurner 1 0-0 3, Funk 0 2-4 2, Pyburn 3 2-13 8, Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Lindow 3 3-4 9, Kamphaus 2 0-3 4. Totals: 15 for 60 (FG), 13 for 36 (FT).Halftime: Nevis 19, B-H 19. Three-pointers: Weishalla 1, Thurner 1. Team fouls: B-H 22, Nevis 17. Rebounds: Nevis 60 (Frazier 19, Pyburn 13, Kamphaus 10, Lindow 8, Funk 7, Mitchell 3). Assists: Nevis 8 (Lindow 4, Pyburn 3, Thurner 1). Steals: Nevis 10 (Lindow 3, Pyburn 2, Frazier 1, Funk 1, Kamphaus 1, Thurner 1, Mitchell 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 3 (Pyburn 2, Lindow 1). Turnovers: B-H 19, Nevis 26.

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