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Tiger girls' season ends vs Menagha

Ashley Smith/Echo Journal Correspondent Anna Felthous passes the ball to teammate Bailey Wynn in the Tigers' win over the Trojans on Thursday, March 2.

Bailey Wynn scored 16 points and Shelby Adkins 12 for the No. 3 Pine River-Backus Tigers during their 58-43 loss to the No. 2 Menahga Braves in the semifinals of the North Subsection 5-1A tournament Saturday, March 4.

Wynn also had five rebounds and three steals for the Tigers, while Gabby Rainwater had seven points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers finish the season with a 13-1 conference record and 22-6 overall.

"It was a huge improvement (over last year). We improved player-to-player by leaps and bounds ... The girls put in a ton of time in the offseason," coach Randy Schwegel said. "They were in the weight room three days a week and in the gym probably four or five days a week. I couldn't be happier with the improvement and the hard work they put in. We lost in the second round of the playoffs, but recapping the whole season, we had a great year. They absolutely deserve the season they had. Going from 13 wins last season to 22 wins is a great job."

The loss was the final game for PR-B seniors Shelby Adkins and Annie Semmler. Though Schwegel views them as irreplaceable, he has high hopes for his team's young core that centers on sophomores Wynn, Rainwater and Alyssa Semmler.

"We wouldn't have had the season we did without them. We will put someone else in the lineup, but we are not going to replace Annie and Shelby - you just can't. They are a couple of kids that you just can't help but like. We are definitely going to miss them.

"Our team from our first game of the year to the last game was a totally different team. We only had one senior playing at the end and no juniors. We had three sophomores carrying the load, we had an eighth-grader starting and had three ninth-graders coming off the bench. Does the future look good? Absolutely."

Menahga 23 35—58

PR-Backus 21 22—43

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Bailey Wynn 16, Gabby Rainwater 7, Shelby Adkins 12, Alyssa Semmler 8. FG 14-45 (31 percent), FT 13-25 (52 percent) 3-point 2-11 (18 percent)

MENAHGA

FG 22-44 (50 percent), FT 10-14 (71 percent) 3-point 5-15 (33 percent)

Tigers Win First Playoff Game

Bailey Wynn led the Tigers with 18 points to a hard fought victory over the Sebeka Trojans 64-50 for their first subsection playoff game. She was followed closely by Shelby Adkins with 17 points, Alyssa Semmler with 15, and Gabby Rainwater aided with eight points and 15 rebounds.

"It was a good win", commented Coach Randy Schwegel.

Rylie Hirschey was the only other Tiger to score as she put in six points.

The first half saw the score either tied or with one team one point ahead of the other with the score at halftime tied at 23-23. The beginning of the second half followed suit until the Tigers went on a six point run to make the score 42-34 with just under seven minutes left. The Tigers continued to lengthen their lead until they were 14 points ahead at the end of the game.

Sebeka 23 27—50

Pine River-Backus 23 41—64

SEBEKA

Maggie Erickson 3, Kenzie Nelson 10, Maya Lake 14, Madison Lake 9, Erin Lillquist 9, Megan Heino 3, Jade Peterson 2. FG 20-65 (31 percent), FT 6-15 (40 percent). 3-point 4-20 (20 percent).

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Bailey Wynn 18, Gabby Rainwater 8, Shelby Adkins 17, Alyssa Semmler 15, Rylie Hirschey 6. FG 19-55 (35 percent), FT 24-34 (71 percent). 3-point 2-13 (15 percent).

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