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SENTINEL TRIBUNE SPORTS Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Page 8 Erickson Named Athlete of the Week Senior Paige Erickson was named the Marshall Independent's Athlete of the week last week. Erickson leads the area with 21.2 points per game and 12 rebounds per game. She also ranks high in the area with 45 assists, 46 steals, 15 blocks and an 81.3% freethrow percentage. Paige is the daughter of Jason and Marie Erickson. Chargers drop one to Adrian By Shen/I Woelber, coach The WWG Lady Chargers hosted the Adrian Dragons on Friday, Jan. 25 and both teams gave their fans a great first half. The Chargers held their own in the first half as they were short players (Kelsi Wahl and Kaylee Mischke) due to injuries. The Dragons came out with hot hands draining 8 3-pointers but the Chargers answered with 5 3-pointers of their own. The lead changed many times during the half, but Adrian was able to score a 3 as the buzzer sounded for halftime, leaving the Chargers down by 5, 32-37. Adrian came out and changed their defense to a triangle and 2 putting extra Above: Lady Charger Abby Herding brought the ball into the front court last week against the Adrian Dragons. Above: Lady Charger Paige Erickson reached for this rebound last week against Adrian. pressure Paige Erickson and Elizabeth woelber. The Dragon defense succeeded in making it tough for the Chargers as WWG was only able to get 6 points in the second half compared to the 22 points Adrian scored. The final score was 38-59. Dayna Comnick led the Chargers with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Woelber also had 12 points along with 3 assists and Erickson fin- ished with 11 points. Abby Herding had 3 steals for the Chargers. The Chargers are 6-10 overall and 5-6 in the conference. They travel to Okabena to take on SWU on Thursday, Jan. 31. Charger boys split ',00eek at h()me By Derek Jenniges, Coach Hills Beaver Creek 66 WWG 64 Coming off a pair of wins against Sleepy Eye and Adrian, the Chargers boys basketball team got back on the court Thursday evening when they hosted the Patriots from Hills Beaver Creek. HBC hit a three from behind the arc on the game's first posses- sion and they maintained that a lead until Charger point guard Alex Knutson tied the game at 15 with a driving layup with 10:35 to play in the first half. The Patriots quickly regained the lead as the two teams battle possession for pos- session. WWG grabbed their first lead of the game on a three pointer from Andy Merrick with 7:15 on the clock, making the score 24-22 in favor of the home team. The Chargers held the lead for the next five minutes until HBC capital- ized on an offensive rebound to lead 29-28. The two teams traded baskets for the next four posses- sions, as both teams com- mitted only two turnovers in the first half. WWG took the lead 35-33 at the halftime buzzer as Knutson assisted Taylor Lindaman on a long range jumper that just beat the horn. The two teams once again traded scores and stops to start the second Above: Charger Taylor Lindaman headed for the lane against EIIsworth last Saturday night. half, but WWG gradually built a lead of 48-39 at the 10:48 mark. Hills Beaver Creek followed with a 7-0 run that ended when Lindaman knocked down a 15 foot jumper to make the score 50-46. In a second half that consisted of eight ties or lead changes, Shane Buchman once again gave WWG the lead at 53-51 with 7:30 to play. The Patriots would gain their next lead at 60-59 when they banked in a three from the top of the key as the clock read 3:20. The Chargers immediately scored to make the score 62-61, but made only 1-6 free throws in the final minutes and gave the Patriots just enough time on the clock. With 8.1 sec- onds to play and the score tied at 64-64, the Patriots Jeff Sandbulte rebounded a Charger missed free throw and proceeded the dribble the length of the floor to score a contested 12 foot jump shot with less than two seconds remaining. The Chargers last chance to score was denied and the Patriots continued their decade long dominance over WWG. Alex Knutson led the Chargers with 18 points and 7 assists. Taylor Lindaman added 16 points, 3 steals, and 3 assists. Aaron Hass chipped in 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Shane Buchman 12, Read Bakken 5, and Andy Merrick 3 rounded out the score column for WWG. The Chargers made 26-45 shot attempts (58%) and committed only five turnovers in the loss. WWG 66 Ellsworth (Double Overtime) 65 Saturday evening the Chargers hosted the Ellsworth Panthers for a Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser. The gymnasi- um was packed with pink and the fans got their mon- ies worth as the Chargers defeated the Panthers. It took two overtime periods for WWG to defeat Ellsworth for the first time since the Panthers joined the Red Rock Conference almost a decade ago. Ellsworth scored the first five points of the game and did not have another lead until the first overtime ses- sion. WWG used stifling half court defense and patient offense to put together a 12-2 run and built a small lead for most of the first half. Ellsworth scored their last basket of the first half with just over 4:00 remaining and the Chargers used a 6-0 run to build a 28-16 halftime advantage. In the second half the two teams traded baskets until around the 12:00 mark when the Patriots used a 10-0 run to cut the Charger lead down to 34-30. The WWG lead stayed in the 4-6 point range for much of the remainder of the half. Andy Merrick made a pair of free throws to give WWG a 44-38 lead, but Ellsworth made back to back three pointers around the 2:00 mark to tie the game at 44-44. WWG struggled from the charity stripe in final 2:00 minutes, make just 2-8 free throws and Ellsworth was able to tie the game at 46-46. The overtime game was the third of the season for the Chargers, with the previous two turning into victories. In the first overtime the Panthers scored first to take their first lead in over 35:00 of action. Alex Knutson followed with a pair of free throws before the Panthers knocked down a three from the corner. That three pointer seemed to take the wind out of the Charger fans as WWG failed to score on the offensive end and was forced foul. The Panthers proceeded to make only 1-4 free throws and WWG used a basket from Reed Bakken and a last second layup from Above:Charger Alex Knutson put up a shot against the EIIsworth Panthers last Saturday night. Aaron Hass to tie the game at 52-52 and provide the fans with another four min- utes of bonus basketball. The second overtime was played at much faster pace as both teams scored at will, with WWG starting the offensive outburst with a three pointer from Taylor Lindaman. The Chargers last field goal came on a backdoor layup by Matt Otto, giving the Chargers a 59-56 lead. Lindaman and Knutson converted 6-6 free throws in the final minutes to enable WWG to squeak away with a much needed conference victory. Lindaman led all scorers with 18 points. Knutson added 17 points, to go with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Aaron Hass repeated his 10 point, 8 rebound perfor- mance from earlier in the week. Reed Bakken 7, Shane Buchman 6, Andy Merrick 6, and Matt Otto 2 rounded out the scoring for the Chargers. WWG out rebounded the Panthers 42-32 and committed only 9 turnovers in the game. With the victory WWG's record improves to 6-8, 3-5 in Red Rock Conference play. Up next the Chargers play at Southwest United Tuesday and will be back at home Friday versus Edgerton. The Chargers are looking to avenge early season losses to both teams and continue their solid play in 2013.