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The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls’ basketball team was edged by the host Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 46-51 to snap their six-game winning streak on Monday, Feb. 18.

The Tigers, 19-4 overall, are scheduled to end the regular season by hosting the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The Tigers lost the tip but they were the first to score as Felthous put in two points off a steal by Ackerman. W-DC answered with two points a minute later and went on a nine point run to put the Tigers behind 11-2. The Tigers clawed their way back with an eight point run to make the score 10-11 with 11 minutes left in the first half. W-DC put in two free throws and another two points after that, and Felthous answered for the Tigers by getting an offensive rebound and putting it back up for two points, plus getting fouled on the shot and making the extra free throw.

With nine minutes left W-DC put in two more points, and the Tigers scored six points with four points by Felthous and two by Ackerman to give the Tigers the lead 19-17. With six minutes left W-DC went ahead by one point as they made a 3-pointer, Kelley scored two points to put the Tigers ahead by one point, and W-DC took the lead again as they answered with two points. Sheley knocked down a three and Felthous put in two points to give the Tigers the lead 26-22. W-DC scored two points and then a free throw to make the score 25-26, and the Tigers got in the last shot as Brasel put in two points with only two seconds left on the clock to put the Tigers ahead 28-25 at half time.

In the second half the Tigers were outscored 26-18 as their shooting percentage went way down from the first half. The Tigers shot just 33 percent from the field and only nine percent from the 3-point line while W-DC shot 58 percent from the field and 25 percent from the 3-point line. Felthous led the Tigers with 19 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Sheley had 16 points, five assists, two rebounds, and two steals. Ackerman had five points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists. Kelley had four points, four rebounds, and two steals. And Brasel finished with two points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Tigers 77, Park Rapids 26

PR-B creamed the visiting Park Rapids Panthers on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Tigers won the tip and quickly took a 9-0 lead as Tatum Sheley scored four points, Kendra Brasel drained a three, and Megan Felthous put in two points. With 15:33 on the clock the Panthers managed a free throw, and then the highlight of the game occurred as Autumn Ackerman put in a layup for her 1,000th career point.

She also had over 1,000 rebounds going into the game to make her one of 150 women in the history of women’s basketball in the state of Minnesota to reach 1,000 career points and rebounds. The Panthers scored two points, and the Tigers went on an 18 point run with eight points from Felthous, four from Brittany Kelley, and two each from Ackerman, Sheley, and Journee Howard to make the score 29-3 with seven minutes left in the game. By half time the Tigers were up 50-7.

In the second half the Tigers outscored the Panthers 27-19 to easily take the win. Sheley was the high scorer and had a double-double with 22 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Felthous had 17 points, three assists, three steals, and one rebound. Ackerman finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three assists, and three blocks. Kelley had nine points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Brasel had nine points, five assists, two rebounds, and one steal. Howard added two points and three rebounds, and Nicole Arends had two points, two steals, and one rebound.

Tigers 85, Ogilvie 38

Friday, Feb. 15 the Tigers easily handled the Ogilvie Lions to extend their win streak to six games. The Tigers won the tip but Ogilvie was the first to score as they put in a free throw. The Tigers answered with two points from Ackerman, Ogilvie scored two points, and the Tigers went on a 14 point run to make the score 16-3. Ogilvie managed to stop the Tigers’ run with a three pointer, but the Tigers answered with 12 points including two 3-pointers by Sheley. Ogilvie scored three points on a layup- and- one, Sheley put in two points for the Tigers, and Ogilvie scored two points to make the score 30-11 with eight minutes left in the half. At half time the Tigers had extended their lead to 53-22.

In the second half the Tigers outscored Ogilvie 32-16. Two of the Tigers’ players got double-doubles as Ackerman scored 18 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, three assists, and two blocks, and Kelley had 15 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks. Sheley led all scorers with 26 points, nine assists, seven steals, five rebounds, and two blocks. Brasel had eight points, four assists, and four steals. Howard had eight points, eight steals, three rebounds, and one assist. Felthous finished with six points, two assists, one rebound, and one steal. Nicole Arends had four points and one rebound.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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