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Prep girls basketball: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton wins tight title game

ADRIAN -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Red Rock Central were almost as even as two teams can be offensively Saturday night in the championship game of the Adrian Tournament.The Panthers made 26 shots from the field -- two of them 3-pointers. The Falc...

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ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE Tracy-Milroy-Balaton point guard Kaylee Kirk (2) looks to pass around the pressure being put on by Vanessa Kedl (22) of Red Rock Central Saturday during the championship game of the Adrian Tournament.

ADRIAN - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Red Rock Central were almost as even as two teams can be offensively Saturday night in the championship game of the Adrian Tournament.
The Panthers made 26 shots from the field - two of them 3-pointers. The Falcons also hit 26 shots from the field - two of them 3-pointers. RRC committed 21 turnovers whereas T-M-B only had 11, but the Falcons took a 39-29 edge in the rebounding department.
The difference in the game ended up being free throws. The Panthers got to the line for seven more shots than their opponents and, coincidentally, made seven more. The margin of victory: seven. T-M-B used those shots from the charity stripe to secure a 71-64 victory in the tournament title game.
The tightness of the contest was evident right away when the two teams traded the lead back and forth for the first six-and-a-half minutes. Evy Dolan dropped in a layup with 11:30 left in the first half to put T-M-B on top 11-10. That started a key run for the Panthers.
They stole the ball on three straight RRC possessions, resulting in two buckets by Kaylee Kirk - who finished with a game-high 23 points - and another for Dolan. Olivia Bittner finally got the Falcons back on the board, but Kirk completed an old-fashioned three-point play on the other end to highlight what ended up being a 12-2 run for the Panthers.
Bittner ended that with four straight points for the Falcons. Buckets for Rachel Kedl and Haley Simonson sandwiched around a Sara Stoneberg runner had RRC on an 8-2 surge that got it within three at 23-20.
The two squads commenced in trading baskets from there, but a Ramsey Piotter 3-pointer with 1:58 before the half got the Falcons within one at 29-28. Dolan and Kirk responded with the next four points, but RRC wouldn’t go away when Taylor Price knocked down a triple with 40 seconds left. Kirk finished her 17-point first half with a pair of free throws to give the Panthers a scant 35-31 lead at halftime.
It remained close throughout the second half, but T-M-B was able to make good on its chances at the charity stripe to close out the victory.
Kirk added four assists to her 23 points to lead the Panthers in improving to 7-0 on the season. Dolan notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Stoneberg scored 15 and tallied two steals. Sidney Karbo pulled down five boards to go with three steals and two blocks.
Kedl led the Falcons with 19 points, 12 boards and three assists. Bittner added 16 points, six rebounds and two steals with Piotter scoring 10, grabbing seven boards and dishing out two assists. Price added 11 points.
The Panthers (7-0 overall, 4-0 Camden Conference) are back on their home floor to take on Minneota on Tuesday. RRC (4-2 overall, 2-0 Red Rock Conference) travels to Mountain Lake Area that same evening.
RRC 31 64
T-M-B 35 71
RRC (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) - Simonson 0-1-2-4, Price 1-4-0-11, Piotter 1-1-5-10, Bittner 0-8-0-16, R. Kedl 0-8-3-19, V. Kedl 0-2-0-4. Totals 2-24-10-64.
T-M-B (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) - Kirk 0-9-5-23, Ludeman 2-0-0-6, Karbo 0-1-1-3, Dolan 0-7-2-16, Gervais 0-2-2-6, Stoneberg 0-5-5-15, Davis 0-0-2-2. Totals 2-24-17-71.

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