The struggling Yankton Gazelles’ basketball team finally broke a five-game losing streak, earning their first win of the season over the Huron Tigers 46-39 on Thursday. The win was hard-fought for the Gazelles (1-5) who forced the Tigers (1-5) to commit 19 turnovers.
“Getting that first win is always the toughest,” head coach Doug Pesicka said.
And, at times, it looked tough for Yankton as they struggled to sink layups and committed early turnovers. But as they forced turnover after turnover on the Tigers, the Gazelles began to pull away toward the end of the third quarter.
The night opened with a layup by Huron’s Taylar Rotert and the score remained the same until nearly three minutes in as Yankton hit their first basket by Andi Sprakel. The half continued with back and forth play until the Gazelles made their first attempt to pull away after a long jumper by Mikayla Hora, who competed in her first game off an injury. But a couple quick plays and a three pointer by Rotert would bring the Tigers back, closing the half in a tie 22-22.
The third quarter opened with a quick Yankton score, but both teams would battle tight again until a hustle-play layup by Brianna Newman would give the Gazelles some padding going in to the fourth.
From the sound of the buzzer, the pace dramatically picked up, as well as the turnovers. Yankton would earn their biggest lead of the night 38-31 on a high-post jumper by Sprakel, but as the ball moved faster, Huron began to inch closer. A steal by Rotert would result in a three-point play for the Tigers, bringing them within two. But a crucial missed layup and a pair of free throws by the Gazelles secured Yankton their first win.
The Gazelles were led by Morgan Tessier with 12 points and two steals and Kelsey Fitzgerald followed close behind with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Rotert was the Tigers’ lone player in double figures with 15 points and three steals. Kaitlyn Allerdings added seven rebounds.
The Gazelles’ sophomore team was not as successful on the night as they fell in a close matchup with the Tigers 51-47. Madison Dangler led the team with 12 points and Becky Frick added 11. Jessica Tschetter scored 16 for Huron.
The freshman game was also a close call for the Gazelles but they closed out the Tigers 55-47. They were led by Ellie Fedders with 15 points.
HURON 10 22 29 39
YANKTON 7 22 34 46
HURON (1-5): Brittany Steffen 1-7 0-0 3, Taylar Rotert 4-7 6-8 15, MaKayla Goergen 0-3 0-0 0, Calla Rounds 1-3 1-2 3, Kaitlyn Allerdigs 0-4 1-4 1, Taya Butterfield 0-0 0-0 0, Jacey Hupp 2-3 0-0 4, Lexi Eckmann 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey Rathjan 2-3 1-2 5, Jazmin Newton 4-9 0-0 8. TOTALS: 14-39 9-16 39.
YANKTON (1-5): Andi Sprakel 3-6 0-0 6, Jessica Wirth 0-0 1-2 1, Kelsey Fitzgerald 5-8 1-3 11, Morgan Tessier 4-8 4-8 12, Kelsey Butler 1-5 2-2 4, Brianna Newman 2-5 0-0 4, Whitlee Larson 0-4 1-2 1, Mikala Hora 1-7 3-4 5, Becky Frick 0-1 2-2 2, Katie Rodig 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16-44 14-23 46.
Three-Pointers: H 2-5 (Steffen 1-3, Rotert 1-2), Y 0-4 (Larson 0-1, Hora 0-3). Rebounds: Y 32 (Fitzgerald 11), H 29 (Allerdigs 9). Personal Fouls: H 17, Y 15. Fouled Out: None. Assists: Y 4 (Tessier 2), H 1 (Allerdings). Turnovers: H 19, Y 15. Blocked Shots: Y 2, H 0. Steals: Y 10 (Butler 3), H 6 (Rotert 3).For the complete article see the 01-05-2013 issue.
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