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Panthers pounce on Titans
The Tri-City United Titan Varsity Girls Basketball Team has played three tough games last week.
The girls lost matches to Jordan on February 12, Belle Plaine on February 15, and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on February 19.
TCU 50, Jordan 79
TCU 42, Belle Plaine 65
TCU 32, NRHEG 83
Titan Coach Kevin Woitas said the same obstacles continue to block the Titans from winning - hanging on to the ball and sinking it in the net.
“Basically, we continue to struggle with turnovers and shooting,” he said.
Against Jordan, the Titans had 33 turnovers. Against Belle Plaine, 30, and NRHEG 30.
But the bright spots came from 8th grader Joslyn Vargo and 10th grader Sarah Holicky who have been earning their promotion to varsity.
“Joslyn and Sarah have been playing very well lately. Joslyn has scored 28 points over the past three games and Sarah has scored 16,” Woitas said. “They both continue to take care of the basketball and find open teammates. We will look for them to continue their strong play as we head into playoffs next Tuesday versus Belle Plaine.”
In the conference game against Jordan, it was ninth grader Joslyn Vargo who put up 12 points for the Titans, followed by Megan Steffen, Alyshia Angileno and Coley Selly with 6 points each, and Edith Martinez and Amber Brokl with 4 each.
Courtney Hentges, Madie Chadderdon and Steffan pulled down 5 rebounds each for the Titans.
In the game against Belle Plaine, it was 10th grader Sarah Holicky who dominated, scoring 10 points for the Titans, and pulling down 6 rebounds for the team. Steffan and Vargo added 8 points each, followed by Danielle Angileno with 6 points and 7 rebounds.
When the Panthers came to Montgomery on Tuesday, the Titan could do little to overcome junior guard Carlie Wagner, who broke two state tournament scoring records last year. She has been pursued by several programs, with Iowa State University among the favorites along with Minnesota.
Wagner and the Panthers have a perfect 9-0 mark in Gopher Conference play. NRHEG placed third in last year's Class 2A girls state basketball tournament. They earned the No. 1 seed in the Section 2AA South tournament this year.