McKayla Roll scored the first field goal after the Wildfire controlled the opening tip, but Hannah Nordby’s first bucket of the evening quickly tied the game and the girls were “off to the races.”
Mott-Regent knocked down a short field goal and Bryanna Rasch went one for two from the line and the Wildfire led 4-3 after three and one minutes of play. Abby Honeyman and Nordby each tallied two more and then the Tigers caught fire. Erin Volk hauled in a rebound and returned it back for two, Autumn Wolf pulled in a rebound and found Nordby for another two and Gabbi Hanson nailed a three from the left wing. Taylor Hewson kept the flow going with a field goal and finally Roll halted the run with her own trey. The first quarter ended with a 14-9 Tiger lead.
The second quarter began with Ashley Plaggemeyer and Marah Friez each scoring two points for their teams. Friez nailed another and Nordby added two of her own. Naomi added a free throw, Friez two from the charity stripe and Honeyman swished to free throws to tie the score at 18-18. Hanson scored a bucket, Roll a pair from the line and Rasch finished off the first half with a field goal. Halftime score, NE-22, M-R 20.
Coach Jung must have had some jalapeno laced Gatorade imported from Mexico that he fed the Tigers at halftime because New England came out in the third quarter hotter than blazes. Wolf began an inferno with a two from the field after Rasch stepped in front of a Wildfire pass, Hanson nailed another three. Abby attempted to smolder the fire with a field goal, but to no avail. Rasch nailed another, Volk another and Rasch another basket. Roll was credited with a steal and Honeyman finished off the play with another bucket. Meier went one-for-two from the line and Meier and Honeyman each scored field goals. Plaggemeyer put in two from under the basket and Honeyman stole the ball and went coast to coast for two more. Hanson and Nordby each scored a field goal and Hanson a free throw before Meier finished off the third with a trey. End of three, Tigers by four.
Rasch began the final stanza with a basket and a few ticks later, Wolf nailed a three and the Tigers led by nine. Meier missed a long three attempt, but followed her shot for the rebound and put it in under the basket. Nordby and Friez traded baskets as did Honeyman and Hewson and the lead remained at seven with 2:12 showing on the clock. Hanson knocked down a free throw and one from the field before Nordby notched a pair from the line and Rasch finished the game with a field goal.
New England 56,
M-R 9 20 36 42
NE 14 22 40 56
M-R (42): Marah Friez 12, Abby Honeyman 12, Naomi Meier 11, McKayla Roll 5, Alyssa Olin 2. Totals: 16 8-12 42.
NE (56): Hannah Nordby 17, Gabbi Hanson 13, Bryanna Rasch 9, Autumn Wolf 5, Erin Volk 4, Taylor Hewson 4, Ashley Plaggemeyer 4. Totals: 24 5-11 56.
3-pointers: M-R 2 (Meier 1, Roll 1), NE 3 (Hanson 2, Wolf 1). Fouls: M-R 14, NE 13.