New England boys, girls beat Mandaree

New England was treated to a double header as Mandaree visited New England on Jan. 23, with both girls and boys competing.

Taylor Hewson goes up for the ball against Mandaree. PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK
Taylor Hewson goes up for the ball against Mandaree.
PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

New England was treated to a double header as Mandaree visited New England on Jan. 23, with both girls and boys competing.

The night got going with the girls tipping-off at 5:30 p.m. New England quickly ran away with the lead and outscored the lady Warriors 14 to seven in the first quarter.

The lady Tigers showed incredible defense in the second quarter, holding the Warriors to only three points. New England’s offense didn’t settle down either. With a strong defensive presence, the Tigers were able to capitalize on the opportunity, scoring 17 points in the second quarter. The half ended with New England leading 31-10.

Though Mandaree opened the half with a 21 point deficit, they stood strong and forced their way to the basket. The lady Warriors put up 15 points en route to outscoring the lady Tigers by two points.

Mandaree put up a good effort, but the lady Tigers shut the door on them in the fourth, putting up 14 points against 12 from the lady Warriors. New England came away with the victory, winning 58-37.

Leading scorer for the lady Tigers was Jenna Ehlis with 14 points, that included New England’s only two 3-pointers. Taylor Hewson was second on the team with 11 points.

Nancy Lincoln was the leading scorer for Mandaree with 14 and Kaylee Dawes put up seven points for second on the team.

New England went 4-8 at the free-throw line, Mandaree was 8-20.

Boys tip-off was slated for 7 p.m. and Mandaree kept it close in the first quarter, finishing with a one-point lead over New England.

New England was able to reboot and their offense got going in the second quarter. After settling for 12 points in the first, the Tigers were able to put up 17 points against Mandaree’s nine. The game went into halftime with the Tigers leading the Warriors 39-24.

The Tiger defense kept its momentum going in the second half as they held Mandaree to seven points.

On the other side of the ball, New England utilized the opportunities and scored 21 points in the quarter. Holding Mandaree to only seven points, the Tigers went into the final quarter with a 29-point lead.

Mandaree showed some life in that final quarter and put up 15 points.

But the Tigers countered with 22 of their own but the deficit was too large to overcome, and the Warriors fell to New England 82-46.

New England dominated on the glass, grabbing 52 rebounds. The rebounding helped the Tigers take control of the game as they kept the ball out of Mandaree hands.

The Warriors had a respectable 28 rebounds but couldn’t turn those into scoring runs large enough to overcome Tiger scoring.

Daniel Prince lead the Tigers with a game high 20 points. Mason Stang was second with 14. Overall five Tigers were in double digits. Prince made three of the six 3-point shots from New England.

Leading Mandaree in scoring was Jesse Chase with 19 points, followed by a 17-point performance by Chance Lone Bear.

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