Tigers pounce on Wildcats

The Nevis girls basketball team led 57-0 in an 81-4 Northwoods Conference victory over Laporte.

Maggie Carrier led a fastbreak during Nevis' Northwoods Conference win over Laporte on Friday, Jan. 22. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Paul Schroeder was put in a difficult situation during a Northwoods Conference game against Laporte on Friday, Jan. 22.

Schroeder watched as his Nevis girls basketball team jumped out to a 47-0 halftime lead before opening the second half with a 10-0 run en route to an 81-4 victory at the Tiger Arena.

The Nevis head coach remembers his team being on the losing side of lopsided games not so long ago.

“Very tough position to be in,” said Schroeder. “Two years ago, we were in many mismatch games on the losing side that were very similar to the lopsided score such as this one was. Somehow we survived and are now starting to see some light on the other side.”

Five inside baskets by Ava Isaacson and a pair of jumpers by Addison Lindow gave Nevis a 17-0 lead with 10:36 to play in the first half. A jumper by Mya Stacey and 3-pointers by Emily Funk and Stacey were followed by layups off steals by Kayli Bessler, Makenna Frazier, Lindow and Isaacson for a 33-0 lead at the 7:07 mark. Two 3-pointers and a basket off a rebound by Lindow along with jumpers by Stacey and Bessler and a layup off a steal by Maggie Carrier gave the Tigers a 47-0 advantage at the break.


Two inside baskets by Frazier and three field goals by Isaacson pushed the lead to 57-0 with 15:06 to play. A jumper by Anne Marie Jaspers at the 13:30 mark put the Wildcats on the board. Nevis followed with a 24-0 run as a pair of 3-pointers by Funk and two baskets apiece by Marley Mitchell, Isaacson and Stacey along with layups by Bessler and Liddy DeWulf and a jumper by Izzy Wallace made it 81-2. A jumper by Laporte’s Alyssa Moss before the buzzer concluded the scoring.

Schroeder was impressed with the way the Laporte players kept competing under adverse conditions. The Wildcats opened the season with a 99-13 loss to Pine River-Backus.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for their players,” said Schroeder. “Very few athletes would be able to endure and persevere in that situation. Most athletes would simply quit. We persevered through the past two years. It wasn't easy by no means, but it is possible. I hope that for the Laporte program as well.”

Isaacson tallied a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Lindow added 14 points and seven rebounds, Stacey scored 13 points, Mitchell grabbed eight rebounds and Bessler hauled down six rebounds as the Tigers had all 10 players enter the scoring column in improving to 1-1 on the season.

“My girls played hard, shot well and were gracious winners even though they were put in a basketball mismatch. All of the girls played a lot. We didn't run up the score, even though anyone that wasn't there would disagree,” said Schroeder. “My girls have nothing to be ashamed of or guilty for. They are just starting to show that they are becoming a basketball team. The question for my girls now becomes: How well can you play as the competition increases?”

LAPORTE: Jaspers 1 0-0 2, Moss 1 0-2 2. Totals: 2 (FG), 0 for 2 (FT).
NEVIS: Frazier 3 0-0 6, Funk 3 0-0 9, Isaacson 11 1-2 23, Lindow 6 0-0 14, Stacey 6 0-0 13, Mitchell 2 0-2 4, Carrier 1 0-0 2, DeWulf 1 0-0 2, Wallace 1 0-0 2, Bessler 3 0-0 6. Totals: 37 for 87 (FG), 1 for 4 (FT).
Halftime: Nevis 47, Laporte 0. Three-pointers: Funk 3, Lindow 2, Stacey 1. Rebounds: Nevis 45 (Isaacson 11, Mitchell 8, Lindow 7, Bessler 6, Frazier 3, Wallace 3, Funk 2, Stacey 2, DeWulf 2, Carrier 1).

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