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Upsala trumps Tigers with free throws in final seconds

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The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls’ basketball team defeated the Clearbrook-Gonvic Bears on the road 66-45 to stay undefeated in the Northwoods Conference on Friday, Feb. 1.

The Tigers, 10-0 in the conference and 14-3 overall, is scheduled to play at Blackduck on Friday, Feb. 8 and at Northome-Kelliher on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Against the Bears, PR-B won the tip and scored first as Megan Felthous put in two points with 30 seconds off the clock. The Bears answered 30 seconds later with two points and scored five more points before the Tigers scored with a 3-pointer by Tatum Sheley. Felthous tied it 7-7 with two free throws, the Bear got two free throws, and the Tigers answered with two points by Autumn Ackerman. The Bears got a three, and the Tigers made five points to make the score 14-12. The Bears hit another three pointer and the Tigers scored another five points before the Bears could score again. At half time the Tigers were ahead by eight points 32-24.

In the second half the Tigers outscored the Bears 34-21. PR-B was the first to score again as Kendra Brasel knocked down a 3-pointer with 17:25 left on the clock. The Bears got two free throws, and the Tigers answered with a 10 point run to make the score 45-26.

“It was a great win on the road, and to turn around after a short day from our loss to Upsala was good,” said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel.

Felthous led the Tigers with 21 points, four rebounds, and one steal.

Sheley had 16 points, eight assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block. Ackerman had 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal. Journee Howard finished with seven points, five rebounds, and one assist. Brittany Kelley had six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Kendra Brasel had six points, two assists, and one rebound.

Upsala 53, Tigers 51

The Tigers lost to the visiting Upsala Cardinals on a pair of free throws in the final seconds on Thursday, Jan. 31.

PR-B lead early, but Upsala scored two free throws to cut the deficit to 16-12. Upsala scored two points, Kelley put in two points off a rebound, and the Tigers scored three more points before Upsala could score again to make the score 21-14. Upsala scored three points and the Tigers put in their last points of the half as Kelley put in a layup to make the score 23-17. Upsala came back in the last three minutes to make it a tie game at half time 23-23.

In the second half, Upsala came out with four points in the first minute, the Tigers got two points as Felthous put in a layup off a rebound, and Kelley tied it for the Tigers as she put in two points with 14:41 left. Upsala put in a 3-pointer, Sheley got a free throw for the Tigers, and Upsala answered with two points to make it 32-28. Upsala scored five points, and the Tigers answered with two points from Howard to extend the lead to 37-30.

Kelley put in two points for the Tigers, Upsala put in two points, and Sheley got two free throws for the Tigers. Kelley scored three points for the Tigers, Upsala hit a 3-pointer, and Sheley put in another two free throws to make the score 42-39 with seven minutes left. Upsala scored four points, Sheley put in another free throw, and Kelley put in two points to cut their deficit to 46-42.

Upsala put in three points, and the Tigers came back with five points to come within two points of the Cardinals 49-47 with 30 seconds left. The Tigers started fouling in an effort to get the ball back, Upsala scored two free throws, and PR-B put in two points by Sheley with 23 seconds left to make the score 51-49. The Tigers managed to tie it 51-51 with 8.6 seconds left as Ackerman put in a short jumper.

The Tigers were called on a foul with only five seconds left, sending Upsala’s best shooter to the line and she made both free throws to put the Tigers down 51-53. PR-B was unable to get to the basket for a chance to score.

“That was a good game,” Schwegel said. “We played hard and battled back there in the second half.”

Kelley led the Tigers with 17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and two assists. Sheley had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Ackerman had seven points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Felthous had seven points, six rebounds, and three steals. Brasel had seven points, five assists, one rebound, and one block. And Howard finished with three points, four rebounds, and three assists.

Tigers 70, Nevis 47

PR-B easily defeated the visiting Nevis Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 29. PR-B won the tip, and was the first to score as Sheley put in two free throws, and never looked back as they led the rest of the game. PR-B was up 44-14 by intermission, and it was more than enough to help them win the game even though they were outscored by Nevis 26-33 in the second half.

Sheley led the Tigers with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists, and one steal. Kelley had 12 points, two rebounds, and two steals. Felthous had 12 points, eight steals, five rebounds, two assists, and one block. Ackerman had 11 points, seven steals, six rebounds, three blocks, and one assist. Howard had eight points, two rebounds and two steals. Brasel finished with seven points, four assists, two steals and one rebound. Brooke Richards got two points, and Nicole Arends had one point and one rebound.