A little payback in Pender.
Tekamah-Herman’s girls basketball team got a little retribution against Madison in a consolation game in the East Husker Conference tournament at Pender Thursday night.
Coach Dave Eriksen’s team put the Dragons’ fire out with a 45-31 win, improving to 4-15 on the year.
Not quite three weeks earlier, the Tigers surrendered a four-point lead with 15 seconds left before dropping a 61-59 decision in overtime on Madison’s court.
Madison wouldn’t have the chance this time. Anna Wakehouse’s three-ball from the corner gave her club a 5-3 lead with 3:40 left in the first quarter and the Tigers never trailed again.
Eriksen said the difference this time was his team’s intensity.
“We didn’t have it the first time and it showed on film,” he said. “This time, we just wanted it more.”
That intensity showed up especially on the defensive end. The Tigers held Madison scoreless for nearly 10 minutes in the first half and pitched a shutout for six and a half minutes in the second half.
Wakehouse’s triple, the first of her team high 12 points, started a 14-0 run that had the Tigers up 16-3 with 3:35 left in the half.
Trailing 18-6 at the break, Madison scored the first four points of the fourth quarter before the Tigers went back to work. Seven different players scored in a 16-2 run that put the Tigers up 34-12 going into the last eight minutes.
Jadyn Fleischman, who went for 22 points in the first match up, drew even more attention from the Madison defense. This time, she got some more help from the perimeter shooters.
“When she kicks the ball out and we make some shots, it makes a huge difference,” Eriksen said. “The best part is, we were making the extra pass and finishing.”
Madison freshman Whitney Zessin, who scored the last two baskets in the first game to force overtime, hit 11 of her game high 13 points in the last eight minutes Thursday.
Tekamah-Herman 9 9 16 11—45
Madison 3 3 6 19—31
Tekamah-Herman (45): M. Sheets 7, Olsen 3, Wakehouse 12, A. Sheets 1, Fleischman 9, Jetensky 6, Quick 2, Lindberg 2, Graef 1, Wetzel 2.
Madison (31): Jurgens 3, Jackson 5, Ramirez 6, Butts 4, Zessin 13.
The Tigers dropped into the elimination bracket with a 74-44 loss to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Jan. 25 in Humphrey.
The Bulldogs, the number-two ranked club in Class D1, wated little time in taking control of the game. With the Tiger defense packing the lane to defend against all-state candidate Taya Beller, the Bulldogs—including the 6-foot-2 Beller—stepped outside for four threes in the first period on the way to a 25-7 lead.
“They’re 18-1 for a reason,” Eriksen said last week. “They’re big in the post, their gaurds are fast and they can all shoot.”
Eriksen said he was pleased with his team’s 44 points, which, at the time was the third most the Bulldogs had surrendered all season. Wakehouse notched 11 to lead the Tiger charge. Maggie Sheets added nine on three second half threes.
“When you’re an underdog on the road, it’s hard to play four full quarters,” Eriksen said. “What I liked was that we didn’t back down.”