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Tigers earn win against No. 5 Pierre

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

Huron’s Taylar Rotert dribbles on the perimeter against Pierre’s Taylor Hyde during their game Thursday at Huron Arena. In the next photo, Huron’s Calla Rounds dribbles against pressure by Pierre’ Sydney Palmer during their game Thursday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The Huron Tigers girls’ basketball team picked up its second victory of the year over the No. 5 Pierre Lady Govs 48-44 Thursday evening at Huron Arena.

The Tigers broke a 44-44 tie with just more than a minute to play as Huron broke the Pierre press and senior MaKayla Goergen found junior Calla Rounds for a layup to put the Tigers up two points, 46-44.

The Lady Gvos would miss their shot on the next trip down as did the Tigers with 27 seconds to play. The Lady Govs took a timeout with 20 seconds on the clock.

Pierre got off a pair of shots from point-blank range, all be it from a mob of Tigers and Pierre players but senior Katelyn Allerdings pulled down the last of her team-high eight rebounds with four seconds left and was fouled by Sydney Palmer as she picked her fifth foul. Palmer finished with a team-high 12 points seven rebounds and six steals.

Allerdings stepped to line, where she was already 6-for-9, and gave the Tigers a 48-44, four-point cushion to seal the game.

Allerdings’ night exemplified the night the that both teams had as she scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half.

Both teams failed to reach double figures in either of the first two quarters as the halftime score was 14-13, advantage Tigers. However, both teams had more turnovers than points in the first 16 minutes. Huron had 16 and Pierre had 14.

But the two teams came out of the locker rooms with much better offensive flow and by the end of the third quarter both teams had more than doubled their score with Huron leading 30-28.

Pierre’s best run of the game came during the first half of the third quarter as they scored on six of their first seven possessions of the half with Katie Berg scoring six and Snyder four during the 12-point outburst, which put Pierre up 25-20.

However, freshman Bailey Rathjen hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two, 25-23 and both teams struggled to score over a handful of possessions until the Tigers scored on three straight possessions to retake the lead.

A 3-pointer by Goergen gave the Tigers a one-point lead, 36-25, and Rounds and Allerdings also added a pair to make it 30-28.

Huron seemed in control early in the fourth as they expanded the lead to 40-31 with just more than four minutes to play.

The Tigers did a great job feeding the ball inside as Allerdings scored eight points during that run.

However, the Lady Govs made a final run to get the game close in the final minutes as they scored on six of seven possessions which included a baseline jumper from Kelsey Schmitz to tie the game at 44 with less than 90 seconds on the clock.
Joining Allerdings in double figures was Goergen who had 11, including going 3-for-3 from three-point range. She also had four assists.

Freshman Jazmin Newton, who was scoreless in the first half, finished with eight points including a pair of three-point plays as she was 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.

Rounds also finished with eight points and collected four steals.

While she didn’t score, senior Brittany Steffen had three key assists that were the catalyst to the inside scoring that fueled the second half scoring.

For the Lady Govs, Palmer was joined in double figures by Berg who finished with 10 points, two assists and two steals.

Kaitlyn Severyn pulled down eight rebounds to lead Pierre and finished with eight points, three steals and three assists.

Pierre shot 59 percent in the second half but were outrebounded 16-10 during the half.

The Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with the victory and are 1-2 in District 3 play.

They now turn their attention to a three-game stretch of road games that begins Saturday at Brandon Valley then next Tuesday against Sioux Falls Lincoln and next Saturday at Brookings.

The Tigers then return home to Huron Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to host Mitchell.

A complete boxscore will be run in Saturday’s paper.

For the complete article see the 01-11-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 01-11-2013 paper.

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