Tiger girls survive ELC

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Spencerís Emma VerSteeg draws contact on a fast break layup attempt during the Tigersí 49-41 win over ELC in the Field House Friday night. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)

With a combined three wins on the season coming into the game, the girls from Spencer and Estherville Lincoln Central looked poised for a tightly contested battle. Thatís exactly what played out despite the Tigers jumping out to a quick 15-4 lead as Spencer needed an 11-2 run in the fourth, with nine of those points coming from Katie Moser, to finish off the Midgets 49-41.

After ELC scored the gameís first bucket, Spencer ripped off a 15-2 run with the help of 3-pointers from MacKenzie Bruning and Jenna Dirkx.

The Midgets dropped in the final four points of the first quarter for a 15-8 score going to the second.

ELC gained some traction in the second against the Tiger bench, tying the game up at 24-24 by halftime.

Neither team could get enough footing for a prolonged run in the third, but Spencer inched out in front 34-29 going into the fourth.

After the Midgets put a field goal on the board, Moser got a steal to set up a layup. Julia Feldmann scored Spencerís next bucket before Moser hit a triple on a Bruning assist, used another steal for an easy deuce and then hit a shot inside off a Keeley Petzenhauser assist for a 45-33 scoreboard in favor of Spencer with 3:15 to go.

ELC attempted a late push, but the offensive firepower wasnít there, leading to the 49-41 final.

Petzenhauser finished with a game-high 17 points. Moser scored all nine of her points in the fourth, and Feldmann tacked on eight.

Spencer moves to 3-7 overall with the win and 2-4 in the Lakes Conference.

The Tigers travel to Sheldon for non-conference play Tuesday night. The Orabs will bring a record of 2-9 into the contest.

Spencerís Katie Moser pushes up a floater in the lane Friday against the Midgets. Moser scored all nine of her points in the fourth to help seal the 49-41 Tiger win.
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