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Gazelles ink win against Huron

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

Huron's Havyn Heinz looks for an opening against the defense of Yankton's Payton Wolfgram during their Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball game on Tuesday at the YHS Gym. PHOTO BY JAMES D. CIMBUREK/YANKTON P&D

YANKTON A strong first quarter for the Huron Tigers girls' basketball team led to disappointment Tuesday as they stalled out and lost to the Huron Gazelles 48-36. The Gazelles now have a 6-12 record, while the Tigers go to 4-13.

Lindsey Hale head the Gazelles with 10 points, and also led her team, and the game, with seven rebounds.

The Tigers were led by Karissa Schroder with 13 points, and Schroder and Shannon Katz shared rebounding honors for Huron with four each.

"In those last two wins our offense came back to what it was," Tigers' head coach Wade Stobbs said before the game. "We want to build on those two wins."

The first quarter the Tigers had it all their own way. The Gazelles weren't shooting well and Huron capitalized on it; at the end of the first quarter Huron had a 12-5 lead.

In the second quarter, the Gazelles clouded up and rained all over the Tigers. They worked well under the Huron basket to recover rebounds and convert them. The Tigers have been having trouble all season with their opponents working the "steal and layup" play, and it troubled them again tonight; Yankton ended the game with only seven turnovers to Huron's 17. The Gazelles tore out a huge 20-2 run and wrapped up the half ahead by 25-14. Yankton shot only 2-15 in the first quarter, but their second quarter record was 9-17; the Tigers, meanwhile, made zero shots from the field in the second quarter.

The third quarter saw both teams putting their starters out. Yankton became very aggressive in the defense, which got the Tigers to start rushing their shots, another problem they've been battling all season. Between the Tiger rushing and the Gazelles' attacking the ball and scoring on Huron possessions the third quarter went Yankton's way as well, wrapping up with the Gazelles ahead 41-21.

When you start the fourth quarter ahead by 20 points, you work to hold on to what you have. That's just what the Gazelles did, pushing Huron defensively and eating the clock when they had the ball. The tigers started to strike some sparks on the offense but it was too little, too late, and the Gazelles hung on to take the win by 12 at the final buzzer.

"We tried to get their tall girl isolated," said Stobbs afterward, "and we had a little bit of success. But we're focusing on Aberdeen now."

The Tigers next visit Aberdeen Central on Thursday, Feb. 16.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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