Champions

Champs • The Ewing Lady Tigers won the 2019 Wausa Post-Holiday Tournament, Jan. 5.Team members include (front row, l-r): Jaidyn Schindler, Miranda Summers, Hailey Rotherham; (middle row, l-r): Jaycee Reynolds, Emma Hollenback, Tiana Thramer, Emily Nordby, Ashley Koenig, Grace Maxwell, Jaydn Hobbs; (back row, l-r): Coach Greg Appleby, Coach Jim Miller, Natalie Stallbaum, Summer Schroeder, Sidney Stallbaum, Brenna Wagner, Allison Schrunk, Madison Potter, Skylar Eacker and Coach Jackson Medina.              

Photo by Carm Thramer / CREN

The Ewing Lady Tigers won the Wausa Post-Holiday Tournament last weekend, with a first-round win over Osmond, 55-38, and over Niobrara/Verdigre in the championship Saturday night, 59-34.  

With the wins, the Lady Tigers moved their season record to 8-2 and have a full schedule this week with games against Elkhorn Valley, O’Neill St. Mary’s and Elba.

Coach Greg Appleby said, “This was a good tournament win for our girls as we begin to face some really good competition in January.  The NVC is really tough this year and you need to bring your “A” game every night.”

On Friday, the Tigers jumped out to a 23-10 lead after one quarter of play and built that to 37-18 at the halftime break.

Ashley Koenig and Brenna Wagner led the charge with 15 points each, while Sidney Stallbaum joined them in double digits with 11.  

Hailey Rotherham and Miranda Summers each had six points.

Appleby said he continues to be impressed with the impressive play and senior leadership from Jaidyn Schindler, Rotherham and Summers.

“They are providing us every night with great intensity, timely scoring, tough defensive play and emotional stability.  They may not lead us in scoring every night but they are leading our team in the right direction with their great attitudes and habits.”

In the championship game on Saturday, Koenig filled the stat sheet with 23 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists.  

The Lady Tigers had good balance in the rest of their lineup and beat a good Niobrara/Verdigre team 59-34.

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