The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls’ basketball team extended their perfect Northwoods Conference record as they defeated the host Nevis Tigers 54-39 on Friday, Jan. 18.
The Tigers got five points with a layup from Brittany Kelley and a 3-pointer from Tatum Sheley for an early 7-2 lead. Nevis scored another two points, and Sheley drained another three and Autumn Ackerman got on the board with two points to give the Tigers a 12-4 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.
Nevis managed two points, Kendra Brasel nailed a three for the Tigers, and Nevis got three points to make the score 15-8. Ackerman scored four points for the Tigers before Nevis was able to score again with only two points. Neither team scored for almost five minutes, and then the Tigers scored four points within 30 seconds with two each from Sheley and Megan Felthous. Nevis scored four points, Felthous scored two, Nevis hit a three with 29 seconds left, and Felthous was the last to score in the first half as she put in another two points with 15 seconds left, to make the score at half time 27-18.
The Tigers maintained their lead in the second half by outscoring Nevis 27-21. Nevis was the first to score with two points with 15:14 on the clock and they put in another four points before the Tigers were able to score to make the score 27-24. Ackerman was the first to score for the Tigers in the second half as she put in a layup, and one to make the score 30-24. Nevis answered with a 3-pointer, and the Tigers came back with six points including two each from Brasel, Kelley, and Sheley. Nevis scored two points, Brasel knocked down her second 3-pointer of the game, and Sheley hit her third 3-pointer of the game to make the score 42-29.
Sheley lead the Tigers with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Brasel had 11 points, seven assists, and two rebounds.
Ackerman finished with nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one block. Kelley had nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block. Felthous was two points away from a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
The Tigers, 8-0 in the Northwoods Conference and 11-2 overall, were to have played the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and then host Nevis on Tuesday, Jan. 29.