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Tigers sweep games against Blackduck

Balanced scoring sparked Nevis to a pair of conference wins.

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Nevis relied on balanced scoring to sweep Blackduck in boys and girls basketball action on Friday, Feb. 5.

Three players scored in double figures in leading the Nevis boys to an 84-53 Northland Conference win at Blackduck. Eddie Kramer hit five 3-pointers in the first half as the Tigers jumped out to a 44-22 lead. Kramer finished with 28 points and four rebounds while Ty Warrington added 14 points, four steals and three assists. Derek Lindow also hit double figures with 13 points, Jack McNamee had four steals and three assists, and Joe Houchin scored 9 points to go along with three rebounds. Cain Mitchell chipped in three rebounds and three steals as the Tigers improved to 7-0 in the conference.

Blackduck fell to 2-3 in conference play and 3-3 overall.

“It was more of the same for us. We jumped out to an early lead against a young Blackduck team and never looked back,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “Our guards were really good on the perimeter and I thought our defense played much better than in the Walker game, where we let guys get to the lane off of the dribble.”

The Tigers, who are rated No. 1 in the latest state Class A poll, began a tough week of games with a road game at Nashwauk-Keewatin on Tuesday (Feb. 9). Nevis hosts Cass Lake-Bena on Saturday (Feb. 13) and Mahnomen/Waubun on Feb. 16. Nashwauk-Keewatin (No. 8), Cass Lake-Bena (No. 5) and Mahnomen/Waubun (No. 4) are also rated in the state Class A poll.

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Ava Isaacson and Kayli Bessler recorded double-doubles as the Nevis girls defeated the Drakes 61-45 in a Northwoods Conference game at the Tiger Arena. Isaacson’s 19 points and 11 rebounds and Bessler’s 13 points and 20 rebounds paced Nevis, which led 24-22 at the half. Makenna Frazier just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds while Addison Lindow (9), Emily Funk (5) and Mya Stacey (4) combined for 18 more points as the Tigers improved to 3-2 in the conference and 4-3 overall.

The Drakes fell to 1-5 on the season.

“We had good balance in our scoring. That, along with the girls dominating the offensive and defensive boards, was just too much for Blackduck to overcome,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. “It was nice to see the girls pull away in the second half and not look back.”

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