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Lady Warriors add win number six

By Kayleigh Rahn
It was a tough week offensively for coach Tim Kolhbecker’s Lady Warriors who scored just 72 points in two outings, but it was enough for them to notch win number six on the year.

Tuscola moved to 6-4 overall upending an improved Urbana University High squad at home 31-18 last Thursday the 13th rebounding from a loss on the road three days earlier on Monday to a strong Central A&M team 64 -41.

The 36-points per game average was the lowest of any two-game swing this season as the Warriors struggled to find the bottom of the net. As a team they shot just above 30 percent from the field and never were able to establish a consistent inside threat. The backcourt of senior Natalie Bates and Brynn Tabeling were as strong as ever delivering 37 points, 11 steals, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Kohlbecker emphasized intensity, communication, and toughness after the loss to A&M. The girls in black and gold responded on their home floor giving up just 10 points in the final three periods of the day.

“Our defense responded with an improved defensive effort, I used a number of players as I look for players who want to play with intensity and passion,” commented the coach. “We are getting good shots on the offensive end, but we are struggling to connect, they will start to fall, it’s a work in progress and I have full faith we will improve.”

Bates led the way against the Uni Ilineks donating a game high 10 points to the cause on 5 of 13 from the field. She was just as strong on the defensive end of the court accounting for four steals, two of which she turned directly in to points. Her six points and classmate Lexie Russo’s four points led to a 10-9 advantage after one period of play. Russo ended the night just shy of a double-double adding nine points and nine rebounds to the team totals.

Tabeling stepped outside the arc early in the second frame, and Marissa Russo and Abby Jacob both scored on mid-range jumpers, but it was the defense that carried the day. Kohlbecker’s crew limited their visitors to just three points in the final six minutes of the half building an 18-12 lead at the break. The trend continued after the break as the Lady Warriors allowed just six points total in the final 16 minutes of the game securing their sixth victory of the young season. L. Russo was big early in the half scoring twice down low and finishing off an and one to fuel the offense. Grace and Hope Dietrich combined for five points and six rebounds in the contest.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Dec. 19 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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