With one starter sick and another out with a concussion, the Tigers stuck with the Upsala Cardinals until halfway through the second half before they were worn down and lost 50-62 in non-conference action on Friday, Dec. 20.
Megan Felthous led the Tigers with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Megan Porta was right behind with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers made just 31 percent of their shots and 53 percent of their free throws while Upsala made 39 percent of their total shots.
The Tigers trailed just 50-47 with four-and-a-half minutes left. But Upsala lengthened their lead to seven as they added four points in the next 45 seconds, and the Tigers were unable to get caught up.
PR-B, 2-1 in the Northwoods Conference and 4-4 overall, is scheduled to play at Laporte at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Upsala 30 32 — 62
Pine River-Backus 29 21 — 50
Brooke Westrich 14, Katlin Welinski 6, Katie Ripplinger 2, Danica Cheney 2, Kristin Wuebkers 7, Sara Herzog 7, Jessie Evoniuk, Kiley Smieja 10, Mariah Prokott 2, Kaelin Smieja 12. FG 28-71 (39 percent), FT 2-2 (100 percent). 3-point 4-12 (33 percent).
Allison Anderson 6, Megan Porta 15, Shelby Adkins 8, Cheyenne Swenson 5, Megan Felthous 16. FG 19-62 (31 percent), FT 10-19 (53 percent).
Menahga 59, Tigers 56
On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Tigers lost a nail-biter in double-overtime 56-59 to the Menahga Braves. Felthous led in scoring with 31 points, seven assists, and six steals. The Tigers were up 26-23 at half time, and were up by three with only seconds left in the game before Menahga drained a long 3-point basket to tie it 44-44 and send it into the first overtime.
Porta was the first to score in the first overtime as she drained a free throw, and Menahga answered with five points to the lead. Porta put in another free throw, and Ashley Anderson made up the difference with a free throw, and a layup off an offensive rebound with only 11 seconds left to send the game into double-overtime 49-49.
In the second overtime Felthous scored six points for the Tigers and Journee Howard added one, but it wasn’t enough as Menahga hit another 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and added two free throws with four seconds left to win.
The Tigers outshot Menahga in field goals, but free throws decided the game as the Tigers were out-shot by 20 percent from the line.
Menahga 23 36 — 59
PRr-Backus 26 30 — 56
Hannah Allebach 9, Aimee Lake 1, Kalley Clack 2, Alayna Lake 10, Jenny Skoog 16, Jen Stifter 10, Savannah Kako 11. FG 20-53 (37 percent), FT 11-19 (58 percent).
Ashley Anderson 3, Megan Porta 11, Elizabeth Downie 2, Megan Felthous 31, Journee Howard 9. FG 20-51 (39 percent), FT 16-37 (43 percent).
Cass Lake-Bena 37
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Felthous made 10-for-10 from the free-throw line on her way to 34 points as Pine River-Backus easily topped Cass Lake-Bena in a Northwoods Conference game in Cass Lake. Felthous just missed matching her career high of 35 points.
Felthous also had 11 steals and nine rebounds. Porta added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Journee Howard grabbed 13 boards for the Tigers as they won their third straight.
The Tigers were 21 of 54 on two-point shots, and went 21 of 33 from the line.
CL-Bena 18 19 — 37
PR-Backus 30 33 — 63
Mariah Reyes 2, Brandi Dahmen 2, Antonia Archambault 15, Tifani Ellis 5, Danica Staples 1, Sunshyne Kingbird 2, Meghan Brun 10. FT 3-11 (27 percent).
Ashley Anderson 2, Allison Anderson 6, Megan Porta 12, Elizabeth Downie 2, Cheyenne Swenson 6, Megan Felthous 34, Journee Howard 1. FT 21-33 (64 percent).