Girls Basketball: 12th ranked Pine River-Backus Tigers coast to 85-46 win

Jamie Johnson records 25 points in game for unbeaten Tigers

Tiger guard Rylie Hirschey looks to evade a W-H-A defender Tuesday, Jan. 26. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

Pine River-Backus’ Jamie Johnson recorded 25 points for Class A’s 12th-ranked and unbeaten Tigers as they defeated the Kelliher-Northome Mustangs 85-46 in a Northwoods Conference girls’ basketball game.

Rylie Hirschey and Ramsey Tulenchik each contributed 24 points for the Tigers, who led 49-21 at the half. PR-B, which improved to 4-0 in the conference and 5-0 overall, is scheduled to host Browerville-Eagle Valley Thursday, Feb. 4.

Kelliher/Northome 21 25 -- 46
Pine River-Backus 49 36 -- 85
Lexi Dreher 3, Bailey Lindley 8, Monica Johnson 12, Donna Thayer 10, Cayde Johnson 4, Caige Schue 2, Lynelle Charnoski 3, Maleah Grundmeier 2.
Olivia Adkins 9, Rylie Hirschey 24, Jaime Johnson 25, Claire Dahl 1, Ramsey Tulenchik 24, Caden Borman 4. Conference: 4-0. Overall: 5-0. Next: hosts Browerville/Eagle Valley 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

Tigers 72, Walker-H-A 53

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Rylie Hirschey scored a team-high 22 points as Pine River-Backus defeated Class A’s 11th-ranked Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in a Northwoods Conference game.

Olivia Adkins added 13 points for the Tigers, who led 45-25 at intermission.


Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 25 28 -- 53
Pine River-Backus 45 27 -- 72
Aubrey Morrison 2, Ally Sea 2, Emma Deegan 10, Aliya Naas 1, Alexa Johannsen 4, Karalyn Oberfell 6, Kali Oelschlager 24, Mackenzie Raddatz 2, Avery Morrison 2. FT 3-6 (50%).
Olivia Adkins 13, Rylie Hirschey 22, Jaime Johnson 7, Claire Dahl 8, Emily Hanneken 3, Ramsey Tulenchik 16, Cate Travis 3. FT 8-13 (62%).
Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

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