The New England Lady Tigers basketball team boarded the bus the afternoon of Jan. 10, 2013 and headed southeast.
By Kevin Schaefer
Posted Jan. 17, 2013
The New England Lady Tigers basketball team boarded the bus the afternoon of Jan. 10, 2013 and headed southeast. Their destination was the Mott Armory to face their cross-county foes in a district match-up. The Tigers had not had a ball game for 26 days, while the Wildfire had played three games in that time frame.
Tiger Head Coach Jason Jung chose to start Ashley Plaggemeyer, Bryanna Rasch, Hannah Nordby, Gabbi Hanson and Freshman Jenna Ehlis. Usual starter Senior Guard Erin Volk was “under the weather” and although she was in uniform, she didn’t play in the game. Wildfire
Head Coach Brad Greff called on Abby Honeyman, Naomi Meier, Marah Friez, McKayla Roll and Alyssa Olin to begin the contest. New England began the game with a turnover and the Wildfire rapidly took advantage of the miscue when Abby found Naomi open and Mott-Regent had the first bucket of the game. Gabbi answered quickly with a short field goal and after two consecutive whistles against Marah,
Bryanna sank both of her tosses from the charity stripe as did Jenna.Wildfire’sAlyssa followed that up with her first points of the game and with 3:53 showing on the clock, New England led 6-4.
Ashley knocked down a short shot, drew the foul and completed the three-point play. Mckayla entered the scoring book with a two and another time out was called at 2:54 remaining in the first. Hannah scored two from six feet out following the short breather and Gabbi tossed in another bucket. Naomi grabbed the ball and raced halfcourt for the layup and Abby knocked down a bucket.
With 5.7 ticks of the clock remaining in the first quarter Jenna hit the protective mat on the wall with her leg and many of the fans heard the loud ‘crack’. She broke both the tibia and the fibula and will be out for the season. The quarter ended 25 minutes later with a 13-10 Tiger lead.
Mott-Regent outscored New England 14-10 in the second quarter and took a 26-23 lead. The Wildfire and Tigers yoyoed back and forth throughout the third quarter and after 24 minutes of play, New England led 38- 37.
Fast breaks ending in layups by the Wildfire and the lack of rebounding by the Tigers allowed theWildfire to earn their first district win by the score of 51-42.