The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls’ basketball team handed the visiting Clearbrook-Gonvic Bears their first loss by a 53-37 score in Northwoods Conference action on Monday, Jan. 14.
The Tigers, 7-0 in the conference and 10-2 overall, are scheduled to play Nevis in a Northwoods Conference game on Friday, Jan. 18.
The Bears were undefeated going into the game, and the Tigers were undefeated in the conference play to set up an admirable matchup. PR-B won the tip and was the first to score as Tatum Sheley drained a 3-pointer with 1:15 off the clock. The Bears answered with two points, but Brittany Kelley put in two points for the Tigers and Sheley added two free throws to give the Tigers the lead 7-2.
The Bears got a 3-pointer and the Tigers answered with four points, two from Sheley and two from Autumn Ackerman. The Bears responded with four quick points, but the Tigers also managed four points to make it 15-9. Clearbrook had managed to narrow the Tigers’ lead to 28-22 at the half.
In the second half the Bears started with the ball, but the Tigers were the first to score as Felthous put in two points with only 30 seconds off the clock. The Bears got two points, and PR-B answered with four points from Sheley to make it 34-24. The Bears netted another two points, Ackerman answered for the Tigers with a layup off an assist by Kendra Brasel, and the Bears hit a 3-pointer with 13:43 left in the game.
Kelley scored five points before the Bears could score again to extend PR-B’s lead 41-29. The Bears put in one free throw, and the Tigers answered with three points by Felthous. PR-B kept lengthening their lead and was ahead by 16 points at the end. Felthous led the Tigers with 14 points and five rebounds while Kelley had a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, two steals, and two assists.
Sheley finished with 11 points, five assists and three steals. Journee Howard had four points and four rebounds. Brasel had two points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals, and Megan Porta added two points.
“That was a super win,” said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel. “We played very well defensively, and this puts us alone at the top of our conference.”
Tigers 58, Isle 44
The Tigers handed the Isle Huskies a loss in a matchup of section opponents on Thursday, Jan. 10, in Pine River. PR-B won the tip and scored as Felthous put up a layup off a steal off an assist by Sheley. A half minute later Sheley put in another layup off her own steal to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Felthous followed with two more points before Isle managed to finally get on the board with a 3-pointer with 14 minutes left in the half. Isle made it 6-5 by scoring two more points, but the Tigers answered with their own two points as Brasel put in two free throws to lengthen their lead again.
Sheley added three points for the Tigers on a layup plus a free throw, Isle hit another 3-pointer, and Sheley put in another two points to make the score 13-8. Isle scored two points with 10 minutes left in the half, Howard answered for the Tigers a few seconds later, and Isle scored two more points. Tigers were up 29-14 by the half.
The second half was slightly closer as Isle actually outscored the Tigers 30-29, but the Tigers had enough of a lead for a convincing win. Ackerman led the Tigers with 17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, three steals and one assist. Sheley had 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals. Felthous finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Kelley had eight points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Howard put in six points for the Tigers, and Brasel added four points, five assists, one rebound, and one steal.
2,000th career points
The Tigers crushed the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers 86-18 for the second time in a conference home game on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Tigers dominated from the tip all the way through. CL-B wasn’t able to score until there was only 5:47 left in the first half, while the Tigers had already scored 49 points. With 8:52 on the clock, Sheley was passed the ball and put it in to score her 2,000th career point. She went on to score 14 more points before the game was over to lead the Tigers with 23 points, five rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Felthous had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Ackerman had a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kelley finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block. Megan Porta had seven points, three rebounds, and one steal.
Brasel finished with six points and three assists. Howard, Liz Downie, and Brooke Richards each had two points and one rebound. And though she didn’t score, Nicole Arends aided the Tigers with five rebounds and one steal.