Wildfire winners of three straight

The Mott-Regent Lady Wildfire have been on fire to start the season, getting to an 8-3 overall record that included a trio of regional wins beginning last week.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Mott-Regent Lady Wildfire have been on fire to start the season, getting to an 8-3 overall record that included a trio of regional wins beginning last week.

After a close loss to open the new year, Mott-Regent hosted neighboring Lady Tigers (1-6) at the Mott Armory on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The battle was won for the Wildfire in the first half. Mott-Regent ended the first two quarters with a 24-17 lead. They kept a cleaner game than their fellow regional foes, committing only eight first-half fouls to New England’s 11.

In the final two quarters, Mott-Regent score 13 and 11 in the third and fourth respectively. New England kept it close and scored a combined 22, but couldn’t fight back from the first half seven-point deficit, losing 48-40.

Junior guard Paige Ehlis led the charge for the Lady Tigers, putting up 15 points that included two 3-pointers. Following Ehlis was junior center Hailee Kuske, who scored six on the evening.

Mott-Regent’s Ellie Messmer led the Wildfire in scoring. The senior scored a game high 16 points, with senior center Maddison Johnson following with 13.

SCORING: (NE)—Ehlis (15), Kuske (6), Molly Rayhorn (5), Kassi Lara (4), Shelby Katheten (4), Elizabeth Kaufman (4).

(MR)—Messmer (16), Johnson (13), MaLynn Kautzman (12), Madison Meier (3), Bree Friedt (2), Jenaya Manolovits (2).

A day later the Lady Wildfire get back on the court and surged a big comeback against the Cougars from Heart River (7-3).

Down 16-4 after just the first quarter, Mott-Regent went on to outscore the Cougars in each of the final three quarters. It was the final quarter that sealed the deal. With the Wildfire’s defense stepping up and holding Heart River to 16 points in the second half, Mott-Regent put up 29 points that included a 15-point fourth quarter performance.

Senior forward MaLynn Kautzman had a nightlight-reel night with 22 points that included 10 points at the free-throw line.

Coming up behind Kautzman was freshman guard Morgan Hertz with eight points.

Leading the Cougars in points was junior center Ashlyn Privatsky with 15 points. Junior forward Bailey Boltz was second on the team with 11.

SCORING: (MR)—Kautzman (22), Hertz (8), Ellie Messmer (6), Bree Friedt (5), Madison Meier (4).

(HR)—Privatsky (15), Boltz (11), Bailey Olson (8), Jenna Obrigewitch (4), Afton Shypkoski (2).

After winning two-in-a-row, the Wildfire thought they would go for the nice ‘everything happens in threes’ and took down Dickinson Trinity on Monday, Jan. 9 on the Titans’s home court.

Though the Lady Wildfire came out of the first half on top, it was a deciding fourth quarter that sealed it for Mott-Regent.

The Titans had cut the lead to just two points after the first three quarters of basketball. But the Wildfire’s offense kicked it into a higher gear and outscored Trinity 15-10 and put a stamp on a successful week of basketball for Mott-Regent with a 50-43 win.

The win game them the best overall record (8-3) in the region, and one shy of the Region 7 lead at 3-1. Hazen also has a single region loss but they have one more victory.

SCORING: (MR) Ellie Messmer (18), Maddison Johnson (14), MaLynn Kautzman (9), Bree Friedt (5), Jenaya Manolovits (2), Madison Meier (2).

(DT) Abby Jones (9), Josie Glaser (8), Sarah Kerkman (6), Lauren Stafford (6), Sami Daniel (4), Jordie McNeill (4), Emma Veverka (3), Megan Krebs (3).

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