Pheasant Conference Showcase At UMM, Koebernick Lifts Tigers With Buzzer Beater 10 Feb 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 66, New London-Spicer 63 / OT
NEW LONDON – Connor Koebernick drilled a three at the buzzer to lift Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta past New London-Spicer 69-66 on Saturday.
The game was close from the start, with the Tigers taking a 35-34 lead into halftime, and the the teams were locked at 63 through regulation. Defense took over in the extra session before Koebernick hit just his second shot of the game, but it proved to be the difference for the Tigers who snap a three-game losing streak.
Jackson Loge scored 22 points on 9-18 shooting with seven rebounds, Camden Arndt was 8-14 from the floor, finishing with 20 points, Jaret Johnson added 11 and the Tigers are 10-10. The Wildcats fall to 12-8.

Underwood 58, Hancock 46
MORRIS – Sydney Hovland scored 20 points with six rebounds to help Underwood hold off Hancock 58-46 in game one of the Pheasant Conference Showcase at the University of Minnesota Morris on Saturday.
After building up a 17-point first half lead, the Rockets saw it dwindle to just three on multiple occasions but were able to fend off the Owls with solid free throw shooting and post play from Hovland.
The Rockets were 15-20 at the line and got 13 points off the bench from Ally Johnson, improving to 16-6.
Ashlyn Mattson knocked down five threes for the Owls, finishing with 17 points and five rebounds, Lexi Staples added six points with five rebounds and five assists but the Owls fall to 11-8. 

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 55, Hillcrest Lutheran 43
MORRIS – Callie Vold eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in her career with a free throw to highlight Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley’s 55-43 win over Hillcrest.
After the Comets took a 16-14 lead midway through the first half, the Wolverines responded with an 18-0 run that carried into the second half and never trailed again.
Vold finished with 14 points for the Wolverines who forced 22 Comet turnovers, including nine steals by Mataiah Turner. Turner finished with 11 points, Emma Botker added 15 with nine rebounds and the Wolverines improve to 10-9.
After missing most of the first half with foul trouble, Olivia Foss finished with a game-high 16 points and six rebounds, Paige Schultz added 12 as the Comets fall to 1-18.

West Central Area 60, Battle Lake 33
MORRIS – West Central Area raced out to an 8-0 lead and the result was never in doubt during a 60-33 rout of Battle Lake.
The Knights shot 44 percent while holding the Battlers to just 30 percent from the field. Ella Van Kempen recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Brianna Kreft scored 11, Hailey Bennett and Amanda Dreschel each had nine for the Knights who improve to 16-6.
Both teams took care of the ball and committed very few fouls, but the Battlers were just unable to get their shots to fall. Kate Christenson scored seven while Allison Marso and Maloree Vondal each had six and the Battlers fall to 7-14.

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 70, Canby 47
MORRIS – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross converted on six and-ones, building up an early lead and letting their defense take over from there in a 70-47 win over Canby.
The game never found a rhythm as both teams shot under 40 percent, and there were a combined 58 free throws shot.
The Warriors won by forcing 25 turnovers and the post production from Briona Edwards who was near unstoppable at times, finishing with 21 points and five rebounds. Edwards also became the latest area player to record her 1,000th career point, when she scored on a put-back off a missed free throw, getting fouled in the process.
Anna Rinke had 18 points and the Warriors are 17-4. Norah King had 13 points and Alyssa Beckius scored 10 as the Lancers fall to 7-15.

Lac qui Parle Valley 74, Ortonville 56

Morris Tournament
1st St. Francis, 218
2nd WCA/ABE, 162.5
3rd Bagley-Fosston, 142
4th MAHACA, 129
5th Breckenridge, 64.5
6th Pelican Rapids, 58
7th Luverne, 54
8th Ortonville, 47

 ***#152 Brady Cardwell, Win 2:51 Pin Champion

West Central Conference Meet
MORRIS – Melrose Area won the West Central Conference title with a team score of 142 on Saturday in Morris.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta took fourth place with a 123 and Olivia Lebrijia earned all-conference honorable mention for the Tigers.
Lebrijia took 10th place on the beam and floor, ninth in the all-around. Lebrijia, Tasha Koehl, and Callie Snell each stuck their beam routine.
Benson took second with a 138, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle was third with a 128.