Tiger girls beat Lourdes 53-43
Friday the Tiger girls basketball team traveled to take on Rochester Lourdes in another big Hiawatha Valley League matchup. Lake City won 53-43.
The Lake City Tigers came in with an 8-2 record overall and Lourdes with a 7-3 record.
Natalie Bremer picked up the first assist of the game, getting the tip-off and finding Shones all alone by the basket.
Lourdes answered with a basket, and both teams would exchange buckets for the first five minutes of the game, keeping the score close.
Both teams played strong defense and the score remained at 10-11 Lourdes for a while. At 9:58 Lourdes would hit a shot giving them a three-point lead over the Tigers
The Tigers would finally get a basket when Grace Bany found Macey Beltz alone on the block.
Then Beltz grabbed a rebound and passed to Lilly Meincke who tied the game with 7:10 to go in the first half.
The game would remain tied at 17 but with 5:40 to go in the half the Tigers went on a 10-2 run.
Hailey Reckmann stole from from Lourdes and passed to Beltz who hit Ella Matzke under the basket for two.
Matzke then made a three-pointer to give the Tigers an eight-point lead over Lourdes.
The Tigers led Lourdes 28-19 at the half.
Lourdes would get the first couple of baskets in the second half, cutting the Tigers lead to just five points.
Then Mya Shones stripped the ball from Lourdes down the Tigers side and get the bucket to bring the lead back up to seven.
Then Bremer extended the lead to nine off another steal, that would make Lourdes coach Aaron Berg call a time out to talk about things.
With 10:20 to go in the game Lourdes got within two points of the Tigers. Both teams exchanged baskets and remained either within one point of each other or tied.
With a basket from Shones the Tigers lead increased to three points but Lourdes hit a three to tie the game at 38 apiece.
Bremer hit a three, but again Lourdes answered with a three of their own.
The team would exchange a few threes as Matzke would hit her second three pointer of the night and the Tigers would take the lead back and the Tigers were able to keep the lead from there on.
The key to the Tigers taking the win was hitting their free throws at the end of the game. The Tigers went eight for eight from the line at the end of the game and Meincke made six of those.
One key to winning the game for the Tigers was they were 16/20 from the free-throw line and Lourdes was 4/6 from the line.
Lilly Meincke had 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals, Natalie Bremer had 18 points, six rebounds, six steals. Mya Shones added seven points, seven rebounds, three steals. Grace Bany had five points, six rebounds. Ella Matzke had 10 points, two rebounds, Macey Beltz had two points, four rebounds, two assists. Hailey Reckmann had two rebounds.
“Tough physical game, our team did a great job closing the game out to finish with defensive stops, passing, and clutch free throws.” Lake City Coach Clay Olstad said.