The Montevideo girls basketball team squared its West Central Conference South record at 1-1 with a hard-earned 50-46 home win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta last Thursday.


The Montevideo girls basketball team squared its West Central Conference South record at 1-1 with a hard-earned 50-46 home win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta last Thursday.

The Tigers cut a 43-35 Montevideo lead with 3:35 to play to 47-46 in the final minute. Tia Diggins, who led the Thunder Hawks with 16 points, hit a tough shot in traffic and she added one of two free-throw attempts with :08 to seal the win.

Morris/Chokio-Alberta scored nine straight points to take a 15-8 lead midway through the first half.

Montevideo countered with an 8-0 run on a basket by Diggins, two Kendyl Anderson free throws and four straight foul shots by Ashley Hoehne for a 16-15 lead.

Catherine Haugen’s steal and layup gave Monte­video a 24-22 lead at halftime, paced by Anderson’s 12 points.

Montevideo ran off nine unanswered points to take a 37-30 lead with 8:26 remaining in the game.

Hoehne scored a pair of baskets, Diggins hit a three-point shot and Alyssa Doty  made a field goal.

A?three-point shot by Anderson and Kelsey Amborn’s steal and layup put Montevideo ahead 41-33 at the five-minute mark.

The Thunder Hawks won the game at the foul line, going 13-for-19, while the Tigers were just 3-for-11.

“That kind of kept us in it when we were struggling to get something going offensively,” said Montevideo coach Jamie Harrington.

After struggling offensively in the first half in their previous seven games, the T-Hawks enjoyed their first halftime lead off the season, albeit a small one.

“We’ve been talking about that, our first halves, a lot,” said Harrington. “Turnovers are the number one thing we’ve got to clean up after Christmas.”

The next game for the Thunder Hawks will be Tuesday at Redwood Valley.

Scoring by halves
Morris/CA  22 24  — 46
Montevideo  24 26 — 50
Monte — 17-45 FG; 13-19 FT; 30 rebounds; 17 fouls. Scoring: Kendyl Ander­son 14, Alyssa Doty 2, Ashley Hoehne 14, Tia Diggins 16, Kelsey Amborn 2, Catherine Haugen 2. Rebounds: Hoehne 12, Diggins 5, Haugen 3, Amborn 3, Julia Longworth 3. Assists: Hoehne 4, Diggins 3, Amborn 2, Anderson 2. Steals: Hoehne 5, Anderson 4, Diggin 4, Haugen 4. 3-point FG: 3-9 (Anderson 2, Diggins 1).