Just three days after coming back from 12 down in the second half against Yellow Medicine East in the quarterfinals, the Tigers did it again on Tuesday, advancing to the sub-section championship against New London-Spicer on Thursday in Marshall.
The Lakers led for the entire game until Riley Decker’s free throw with 25 seconds remaining gave the Tigers a 55-54 lead. Correy Hickman would add two more from the line and the Tigers defense forced a turnover on Minnewaska’s final possession to seal the win.
Hickman and Ashley Solvie, the Tigers top two scorers, were held scoreless in the first half but came alive in the second to combine for 24 points, 17 from Solvie. Riley Decker earned player of the game with 16 points, hitting five three-pointers and grabbing five rebounds for the Tigers who have won nine straight and are 18-9 on the season.
The Lakers were led by Carley Stewart who finished with 16 points and six rebounds, but fouled out in the game’s final minute. Bayley Pooler had 14 points with four threes, and Ellie Danielson added 14 with seven rebounds as the Lakers season ends with a record of 20-8.
New London-Spicer 62, Lakeview 43
Hancock 80, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 45
WHEATON – Noah Kannegiesser added to his record setting season when leading the Hancock Owls to an 80-45 win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross on Tuesday night. Kannegiesser became Hancock’s all-time assists leader when he recorded number 404, surpassing Taylor Holleman’s previous mark of 403 in 2014. Kannegiesser had 24 points and six steals, Chandler Gramm added 13 points with seven assists and the Owls improved to 16-6. Hunter Johnson led the Warriors with 11 points as they end the regular season with a 2-23 record.
Bertha-Hewitt 47, Brandon-Evansville 41
BERTHA – Bertha-Hewitt was able to withstand multiple comeback attempts by Brandon-Evansville to earn a 47-41 win on Tuesday. Taylor Bitzan led the Chargers with 13 points and five rebounds, Darrin Wibstand had nine points, seven rebounds, and James Strese added seven points with eight boards as the Chargers fall to 15-9. The Bears are 7-16.
Park Christian 63, West Central Area 49
BARRETT – Steel Stenske’s 37 points led Park Christian to a 63-49 win over West Central Area on Tuesday. The Knights led 26-21 at halftime, but the Falcons would scored the first 10 points of the second half and never looked back. Ryan Kerr added 17 for the Falcons who are 12-13 on the year. The Knights got 15 from Aaron Wiese, 14 from Logan Paulson, and 10 points from Brady Sabolik as they drop their seventh straight game, falling to 10-13 on the season.
Ortonville 77, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 66
Henning 57, Ashby 53
Holdingford 62, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 36