Posted 1/12/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Trenton-Trinity Christian Tigers extended the Divide County girls’ basketball team’s losing streak to four Saturday evening, 54-31.
The Maroons (4-6) kept it close -- a nine-point halftime deficit -- but was ultimately unable to find an answer for stopping the Tigers (9-0).
Kate Sabe and Alli McCoy helped Divide County with 10 points each. Lauryn Heide finished with six points.
Maroons drop contest to Ray
The Divide County girls’ basketball team dropped its District 16 road opener, 55-40, at Ray on Thursday evening. Alli McCoy had a team-best 22 points, while McKenzie Hallgren added 10 points in the loss.
The game was generally tight throughout, but the home team pulled away in the fourth quarter.
“We’re ahead, we give up a shot we probably shouldn’t have at the end of the third quarter, and then you end that quarter with a little negative,” Divide County head coach Kent Harding said. “We have a young team, and sometimes we get down about things, and we kind of have a hard time digging ourselves out.”
Divide County erased what was once a 13-point Jays lead with a 22-4 run, including 12 from McCoy, but the Maroons found themselves trailing by one, 35-34, at the end of the third quarter. Ray used a 20-6 advantage in the fourth quarter to break the game open for good.
“We’re battling, we’re playing hard,” Harding said. “Now we have to play a little smarter, a little more efficiently.”
Maroons fall in thriller
McCoy led Divide County with 14 points Jan. 5 and Heide came up big with 11 points, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome Kenmare in a 42-36 District 16 loss that came right down to the end.
Fourth-quarter baskets by Heide and Victoria Erickson brought Divide County even, 34-34. Kenmare regained the lead at 37-34 on Overton’s three. Heide answered from two, and it was 37-36 with less than three minutes to go.
After a Sierra Overton foul shot, both teams traded missed shots and turnovers to keep the Maroons down two with a minute left. Overton converted another free throw with 37 seconds on the clock. McCoy missed a shot on the next possession, and it was still 39-36.
Shelby Brekhus missed a one-and-one free throw with 27 seconds left, but Divide County failed to secure the rebound. Marissa Jensen was fouled and converted both shots, and Overton added one more before the buzzer.
“We had a lot of opportunities,” Harding said. “We missed some shots we should have hit, we missed some rebounds we should have had, and those things could have changed the outcome of the game.”
Tuesday’s game vs. Stanley was after press time. Divide County resumes District 16 play with a 7:15 p.m. game Thursday vs. Burke County. The Maroons play MonDak in Ray on Saturday at 7 p.m,, then host Ray on Tuesday next week at 5:30 p.m.
Trenton-Trinity Christian 54,
Divide County 31
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 6 9 8 8
Trenton 11 13 14 16
Divide County: Kate Sabe 10, Alli McCoy 10, Lauryn Heide 6, Emilee Johnson 3, McKenzie Hallgren 2.
Trenton-Trinity Christian: Madysen Houle 13, Maycie Brunelle 12, Lakota Loomis 12, Emilee Falcon 9, Noelle Hove 8.
Ray 55, Divide County 40
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 12 11 11 6
Ray 14 14 7 20
Divide County: Alli McCoy 22, McKenzie Hallgren 10, Emilee Johnson 3, Victoria Erickson 3, Kate Sabe 2.
Ray: Marissa Veach 30, Maari Dolan 15, Allison Ziebarth 4, Kelsey Perdue 4, Abby Hickel 2.
Kenmare 42, Divide County 36
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kenmare 9 11 14 8
Divide County 12 7 11 6
Kenmare: Sierra Overton 14, Anne Johnson 8, Kathryn Handeland 6, McKayla Neubauer 5, Marissa Jensen 4, Kirsten Medlang 3, Haley Kohler 2.
Divide County: Alli McCoy 14, Lauryn Heide 11, Kate Sabe 5, McKenzie Hallgren 4, Victoria Erickson 2.
JV score: Kenmare 43, Divide County 21.
District 16 Standings
W L W L
Stanley 4 0 8 2
Powers Lake 2 0 4 4
Kenmare 1 0 2 5
Ray 3 2 5 3
Divide County 0 2 4 6
Burke County 0 3 2 6
Tioga 0 3 2 8