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Tigers played first road game at Hartington

Tigers played first road game at Hartington

HARTINGTON—The Osmond Tigers battled in their first road game of the season against the Hartington-Newcastle Wildcats on Monday, January 13.

The Tigers fell 26-10 in the A game and won 5-4 in the B game.

In the A game, the Wildcats built a 7-2 lead in the first quarter. They came out aggressive and hit some shots while limiting the Tigers to few opportunities.

Callie Hoffman (8th) scored the two points for the Tigers. Julie Kumm (8th) and Tessa Gardner (8th) each shot two free throws in the quarter.

“Overall, we came out a little timid and were knocked back on heels a bit,” Tigers Coach Scott Morrison said.

The second quarter was different for the Tigers, though, as they matched the Wildcats with six points. They were down 13-8 headed into the third quarter.

Towards the end of the second quarter the Tigers played much more aggressively. They were hustling, being strong with the ball, looking to get steals, pulling down rebounds, etc.

“This was the most fun part of the game, I thought,” Morrison said. “We seemed to be playing at a much higher level!”

Caydence Krienert (8th) hit two free-throws in the quarter, while Anabelle Vinson and Sophie Gansebom each added two points.

The third and fourth quarter were difficult for the Tigers, though. The Tigers were outscored 13-2 in the half.

Anna Kahny (8) played well throughout the game. Keli Aschoff (7th) battled through a first half injury. Erin Wagner (7th) played consistently as well.

The Tigers faced challenges in having to go against a team that switched defenses several times throughout the game, going from a press to man-to-man to a 2-3 and to a 1-3-1.

“This was another good test for our girls who were forced to adjust on the fly,” Morrison said. “These girls have potential, but we’ve got to keep moving forward and growing.”

In the B game, the Tigers worked hard and came out with a 5-4 win. Sophie Gansebom scored the game winning hoop with just a few seconds on the clock.

She and Aschoff rotated in the quarter. Brianna Kumm (7th) was very aggressive in the game.

Keely Gubbels played throughout the game, and Jamie Gubbes made it on the court as well.

The Tigers will play host to Wausa on Thursday, January 15.