Lady Lions fall to Kidder County, top South Border
With the victory, Kidder County improved to 5-3 in District 6, and 9-6 overall, while Linton-HMB lost for the second game in a row to fall to 9-5 overall, and 5-2 in the district.
Linton-HMB got on the board just :15 into the game on Tiffaney Gerving’s threepointer, but the Lady Lions misfired on 7 of their final 9 field goal attempts of the opening period, and after Mary Nicholson converted a three-point play on the next trip, Linton-HMB would not hold the lead again. Both teams hit just three field goals in the frame, and the quarter ended in a 7-7 deadlock.
Linton-HMB went scoreless for a span of 5:45 extending into the second period, and Kidder County opened the frame with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Sadie Rohrich’s basket gave Kidder County its biggest lead (18- 7) with 3:50 left in the first half, after McKenna Flyberg finally ended Linton-HMB’s drought with a field goal at the 3:18 mark, the Lady Lions ripped off 7 unanswered points and cut the lead to 18-14 on Alex Umber’s free throw with 1:30 left in the half. Rohrich answered with a field goal on the ensuing trip, and Kidder County took a 20-14 advantage to the intermission.
Kidder County hit on half (9 of 18) of its field goal attempts, while committing 7 turnovers in the first half. Linton-HMB connected on just 6 of 16 (38%) field goals, 1 of 5 free throws, and turned the ball over a dozen times in the half, including 8 times in the second period. Paige Schmidt led five Lady Pirates in the scoring column with 5 points, while Flyberg and Kaidra Larson scored 4 points apiece to pace Linton-HMB.
Linton-HMB put together a rally to start the second half, scoring 8 of the first 10 points of the third period, and Larson’s basket capped a 6-0 run that tied the game at 22-22 with 5:00 left in the frame. However, Nicholson hit a field goal and a threepointer on Kidder County’s next two possessions to put the Lady Pirates back on top for good (27-22).
Three-pointers by Flyberg and Amber Umber sandwiched around a basket by Rohrich cut the lead to 29-28 with 2:53 left in the period, but Linton-HMB would not score again in the frame, and the Lady Lions would end up misfiring on 12 of their final 13 field goal attempts while scoring just 5 points (all by Flyberg) the rest of the way. Kidder County closed out the period on a 6-0 run, and Schmidt’s basket late in the quarter extended the lead to 35-28.
Flyberg’s free throws on the opening possession of the final period cut the lead to 35-30, but that would be as close as Linton-HMB would get, as the Lady Lions went scoreless for over 4:00 after that. Kidder County also hit just one field goal in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Pirates would hit enough free throws to keep a safe lead. A free throw by Schmidt, a three-point play by Morgan Rohrich, and another free throw by Nicholson extended the lead back into double figures (40-30) with 4:05 left, and even though Kidder County would not hit another field goal, Linton-HMB could not get their shots to fall, and the Lady Lions were unable to generate any kind of a rally.
Flyberg’s three-pointer cut the lead to 40-33 with 3:47 left, but Linton-HMB would not score again, missing its fi- nal 8 field goal attempts of the game. Kidder County went scoreless for over 3:00 before Morgan Rohrich dropped in a free throw with just :52 left, and thirty seconds later, Cassidy Ziesch added a free throw for the Lady Pirates to close out the scoring.
Kidder County hit on just 5 of 13 free throws in the second half, but the Lady Pirates connected on over half (8 of 14) of their field goal attempts in the same span. For the game, Kidder County hit on 17 of 32 (53%) field goals, and just 6 of 17 (35%) free throws.After hitting its first 6 field goal attempts of the second half, Linton-HMB finished just 7 of 19 (37%) from the field over the final two quarters, and shot just 37 percent (13 of 35) from the floor for the game. The Lady Lions attempted just 2 free throws the entire second half, and went just 3 of 7 from the line for the game, while committing 21 costly turnovers.
Schmidt paced Kidder County with 10 points, while Nicholson netted 9 points, and Morgan Rohrich and Sadie Rohrich chipped in 8 points apiece for the Lady Pirates. Flyberg was the only Linton-HMB player in double figures as she finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and a pair of steals, and Larson netted 8 points and 5 rebounds. Amber Umber tallied 7 points, 3 assists and 4 steals, while Gerving (5 assists, 2 steals) andAlex Umber (6 rebounds, 3 assists) chipped in 3 points apiece to complete the scoring for the Lady Lions.
Kidder County: Paige Schmidt 10, Mary Nicholson 9, Sadie Rohrich 8, Morgan Rohrich 8, Rebecca Schmidt 6, Cassidy Ziesch 1.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 12, Kaidra Larson 8, Amber Umber 7,Alex Umber 3, Tiffaney Gerving 3.
3-Pointers: Kidder County (2- 4): Nicholson 1, P. Schmidt 1, Linton-HMB (4-17): Flyberg 2, Amber Umber 1, Gerving 1. Fouled Out: Alex Umber (LHMB).
Linton-HMB 56 South Border 51
McKenna Flyberg, Alex Umber and Kaidra Larson combined for 48 points, and Linton-HMB held on to defeat South Border, 56-51, in Ashley on Feb. 8.
Linton-HMB improved to 6-2 in District 6 and 10-5 overall with the victory, while South Border fell to 6-11 on the season, including a 2-7 mark in District 6.
The Lady Lions led at each stop, holding a 17-16 edge after one quarter, and increasing the margin to 36-28 at the intermission. South Border cut the deficit in half (43-39) by the end of the third quarter, but Linton-HMB held on in the final period for the victory.
Linton-HMB shot 44 percent (22 of 50) from the field and hit on just 9 of 19 (47%) free throws, but South Border connected on just 22 of 53 (42%) field goals, including a 0 for 7 showing from behind the arc, while sinking 7 of 9 free throw attempts. The Lady Mustangs held a 30-24 advantage in rebounds, and both teams turned the ball over 9 times in the game.
Flyberg (6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals) and Um- ber (5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) tallied 18 points apiece, while Larson netted 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Linton-HMB. Tiffaney Gerving added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and Amber Umber chipped in 3 points and 4 assists for the Lady Lions. Kalli Scherbenske scored a game-high 21 points, and Madison Schnabel scored 17 points for South Border.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 18, Alex Umber 18, Kaidra Larson 12, Tiffaney Gerving 5, Amber Umber 3.
South Border: Kalli Scherbenske 21, Madison Schnabel 17, Morgan Schnabel 4, Raechelle Salzer 2, Blaire Schnabel 2, Ellen Schnabel 2, Brooke Buchholz 2, Olivia Weber 1.
3-Pointers: L-HMB (3-8): Flyberg 1, Gerving 1, Amber Umber 1, South Border (0-7). Fouled Out: None.