Tri-City boys’ and girls’ teams win over Winnett-Grass Range

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Tri-City’s Mamie Hertel protects the basketball by keeping it at her side as she waits for a teammate to pass it to.                                            

Photo by Doreen Heintz

On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Lady Titans defeated their counterpart from Winnett-Grass Range, 40-37, in a game that had been postponed since the previous weekend. The Titans completed the sweep of Winnett-Grass Range by defeating the Rams, 49-27.
The girls’ game was a battle from start to finish with the Lady Rams taking an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 6 points from Sydney Browning.
The contest continued to be a defensive battle throughout the first half, with both squads scoring 6 points each in the second period. At halftime, Winnett-Grass Range led, 14-12. Lady Titan Sami Connerton had 7 of her 12 points in the first half.
Kristen Vincent caught fire in the second half to score 17 points of her team-high 19 points. Vincent connected on three 3-point buckets in the second half and also had four 2-point field goals. Piper Johnson scored 5 points in the third quarter and teammate Taylor Stahl added 4 points in the period. Heading into the final eight minutes of play, the Lady Rams continued to lead by 2 points, 23-21.
Vincent started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Lady Titans a 24-23 lead, but a Winnett-Grass Range field goal put the Lady Rams back on top. Winnett-Grass Range took a 29-26 lead off two free throws by Browning. The Lady Rams began putting some distance between themselves and the Lady Titans on a layup and a free throw from Browning. With approximately three minutes left in the contest, the Lady Rams suffered a significant blow when Browning was called for her fifth personal foul.
The next time down the court, the Lady Titans took a 34-32 lead on another 3-pointer from Vincent. Chloe Derks followed with two free throws to put the Lady Titans up 36-32. A steal and layup by Vincent upped the Tri-City advantage to 38-32. Johnson followed with a field goal for the Lady Rams, but there were only 33 seconds left on the clock when Winnett-Grass Range Coach Vic Westphal called a quick timeout. Vincent scored on another layup when the Lady Titans broke the Lady Rams’ full-court press, but Stahl scored quickly on the Lady Rams’ end of the court. Westphal called another timeout with 19 seconds left on the clock and his team down by 4 points, 40-36.
Vincent was fouled and opened the door halfway when she missed both free throws off the double bonus. The game ended with a Lady Titan 40-37 victory, after Winnett-Grass Range’s Brynn Jolma was fouled and made one of her two free throws.
Connerton and Vincent accounted for 31 of the Lady Titans’ 40 points, while Browning and Stahl combined for 25 of Winnett-Grass Range’s 37 points.

Heilig leads Titans to victory over Rams
Tri-City’s Hayden Heilig scored 16 points to help the Titans score a 49-27 win over the Rams. Freshman Jacob Jessen led the Ram attack with 10 points, shooting eight for 10 from the free throw line and scoring one field goal. The Rams, who are still without the services of 6-4 Cameron Wollman, had a tough time scoring against the Titan defense. The Rams did keep the contest tight in the first half with a strong defense of their own. The Titans led, 7-5, at the end of the first quarter and 15-13 at halftime.
In the second half, the Titan defense double-teamed the ball whenever a Winnett-Grass Range player went toward the baseline at their end of the court. The trapping defense led to several errant passes by the Rams and some easy baskets at the other end of the court by the Titans. Winnett-Grass Range scored only 4 points in the third period, while the Titans added 16 to their total. At the end of the third period, the scoreboard read: Titans 31, Rams 17.
Tri-City continued its scoring onslaught in the fourth period with Tucker Walter scoring 6 points and Zach Thomas adding 5. The game ended with Tri-City on top, 49-27.
Joining Heilig in double figures for the Titans was Thomas with 12 points.

Lady Outlaws score win over Lady Titans, fall to Lady Huskies
The Roy-Winifred girls’ basketball team picked up an important conference win on Tuesday, Dec. 20, by defeating Tri-City, 45-40, in Hobson. A strong second period was the difference in the contest as the Lady Outlaws scored 16 points in the quarter to only 7 points for the Lady Titans. At halftime, the Lady Outlaws held a 25-16 lead. In the third period, Roy-Winifred added 13 more points to its total to take a 38-27 lead.
The Lady Titans tried to come back in the fourth quarter behind the scoring of Connerton, Vincent and Brianna Bergum, but came up 5 points short. Vincent had another strong offensive game with 18 points. Bergum added 9 and Connerton 8 in the loss. Leading the Lady Outlaws was 15 points from Lorianne Stulc, 10 points from Jada Gottelich and 8 points from Keyara Bahnmiller.
On Thursday the Lady Outlaws went up against a strong Belt girls’ basketball team and fell, 54-22. The Lady Huskies scored 22 points in the first quarter to take a 22-3 lead. They led, 39-8, at halftime and 49-10 at the end of the third period.
Dani Urick led Belt with 17 points. Kerstyn Pimperton added 11 points. The only Lady Outlaw in double figures was Stulc with 10 points.

Other 8C action
The Winnett-Grass Range girls’ basketball team rebounded from its loss against Tri-City to take a 46-19 win over Denton-Geyser-Stanford on Thursday in Geyser. Browning led the Lady Rams with 17 points. Kyra Randel scored 8 points for the Lady Bearcats.
Randel had a big game offensively on Tuesday with 26 points in a 51-28 non-conference win over Big Sandy.
On the boys’ side, DGS scored a 54-35 win against Big Sandy and a 56-24 win over Winnett-Grass Range. In the win over Big Sandy, Sean Bronec led the Bearcats with 18 points. Joining him in double figures were Rhet Woodhall with 11 points and 10 points from Cameron Cali.
Riley Donaldson led the Bearcats against Winnett-Grass Range with 14 points. Bronec had 12 points in the win. Caden McCarthy and Zane Stahl had 8 points each for the Rams.
Belt defeated Roy-Winifred, 55-14 on Thursday. No individual scoring stats were made available for that contest.



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