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Tigers win pair of games on the road

The Nevis girls basketball team rebounded from a loss to Sebeka to post easy wins over Hill City/Northland and Lake of the Woods.

After dropping a home game, the Nevis girls basketball team rebounded to win a pair of games on the road.

Sebeka improved to 1-4 on the season with a 60-46 win at the Tiger Arena on Jan. 25. The Tigers followed that loss with a 73-38 win over Hill City/Northland at Hill City on Jan. 28 and a 64-38 Northwoods Conference win over Lake of the Woods at Baudette on Jan. 30.

Ava Isaacson had a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds while Makenna Frazier contributed 11 points in the loss to Sebeka, which led 28-26 at the half. Rounding out the scoring for the Tigers were Addison Lindow (8), Kayli Bessler (5), Emily Funk (4), Marley Mitchell (2) and Liddy DeWulf (2). Bessler hauled down seven rebounds.

“We played well at times, but not consistent enough for the win,” said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder.

The Tigers played well to defeat Hill City/Northland as Isaacson (23), Frazier (14) and Lindow (12) scored in double figures. Mya Stacey (9), Bessler (7), Maggie Carrier (4), DeWulf (2) and Izzy Wallace (2) also entered the scoring column. Nevis jumped out to a 20-2 lead and led 32-21 at the intermission. Hill City/Northland fell to 1-4 on the season.

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“We jumped on them in the beginning with a press that they couldn’t handle,” said Schroeder. “In the second half, we came out and dominated play for a fairly easy victory. It was a great game for us as a team because all of our players got to press, play man-to-man and see a lot of time which will help in our depth for future games.”

Isaacson and Funk led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points each in the Tigers’ victory over Lake of the Woods. Frazier (8), Bessler (8), Lindow (8), Mitchell (4), Carrier (4), DeWulf (4) and Stacey (2) rounded out the scoring for the Tigers. It was the first game of the season for LOW.

“This was a very good game for our team. We played excellent man-to-man defense,” said Schroeder. “Our scoring was well-balanced and we also got good scoring from our bench. The balance on the team scoring made for an impressive win.”

That modest two-game road winning streak ended with a 53-44 conference loss to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Walker on Monday, Feb. 1.

Lindow (12), Isaacson (10), Frazier (8), Bessler (8), Stacey (4) and Funk (2) comprised the scoring for the Tigers, who trailed 23-21 at the half.

Avery Morrison and Ally Sea scored 18 points apiece for the Wolves, who made 19 of 24 free throws in improving to 1-3 in conference play and 1-4 overall. Morrison and Sea combined to hit 13 of 15 free throws in the second half.

The Tigers fell to 2-2 in the conference and 3-3 overall.

“The girls played their hearts out. I think our fans are beginning to see a difference in our play compared to where we were. Even as their coach, it’s so fun to watch them play and compete on the basketball court versus getting dominated,” said Schroeder. “Our team will try to keep our heads up even though we lost and get back to trying to improve in areas where we can and get back out on the floor and compete. They have come a long way in a short time. There is still so much more room for improvement, which makes their future very promising.”

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