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Girls basketball: Tigers 3rd at Mt. Iron-Buhl

Alyssa Semmler recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds - earning a spot on the all-tournament team - to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls basketball team to a 56-47 victory over the Cromwell Cardinals in the third-place game of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Tournament Thursday, Dec. 28.

"At first, I was nervous, but after I got into the groove, I realized we were playing just another team that is going to have some weaknesses," Semmler said. "The post game was their weakness, so I just took it to them."

Bailey Wynn posted 18 points and also scored a spot on the all-tournament team, and Gabby Rainwater scored eight.

The team moved to 7-4 on the season.

"We can compete with any team if we put our minds to it, but we need to work on our defense a bit more and work on completing on offense better," Semmler said.

Cromwell 22 25—47

Pine River-Backus 22 34—56


Shaily Hakamaki 10, Teana Hakamaki 23, Elizabeth Risacher 7, Amber Lehti 5, Andrea Pocernich 2. FG 14-40 (35 percent), FT 13-16 (81 percent). 3-point 6-19 (32 percent).


Bailey Wynn 18, Gabby Rainwater 8, Olivia Adkins 2, Alyssa Semmler 25, Rylie Hirschey 3. FG 25-51 (49 percent), FT 4-9 (44 percent). 3-point 4-18 (22 percent). Overall: 7-4. Next: hosts Nevis 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rangers 70, Tigers 62

Semmler posted 27 points, and 11 rebounds for the Pine River-Backus Tigers in their 70-62 loss to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers in the first round of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Rainwater and Rylie Hirschey each dumped in 11 points, and Wynn nearly posted a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Mountain Iron-Buhl 30 40—70

Pine River-Backus 23 39—62


Mary Burke 19, Macy Savela 12, Patia Hayes 2, Paris Pontinen, Allie Negen 11, Madisen Overbye 15, Mia Ganyo 5, Mattison Bennett 6. FG 24-58 (41 percent), FT 16-23 (70 percent). 3-point 6-21 (29 percent).


Bailey Wynn 9, Gabby Rainwater 11, Olivia Adkins 2, Alyssa Semmler 27, Rylie Hirschey 11, Emma Barchus 2, FG 24-44 (55 percent), FT 10-14 (71 percent). 3-point 4-15 (27 percent).

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.