PATEROS – The Tonasket Lady Tigers have won their last two games, giving them a 2-2 record after the first two weeks of the season.
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Lady Tigers defeated Bridgeport at home 59-27.
“The girls played very well overall against Bridgeport,” Head Coach Stephanie Schertenleib said. “I was very happy with how the team played. They all contributed and looked for each other. Their defense was also much better in the second half.”
Senior Shelby Olma said she thought the team came out into the game a little antsy, but that in the second half they gathered themselves together and were a great team.
“It feels great to win,” she added. “I think this is a better start than last year and I feel this is a good game to build on.”
Schertenleib said she hopes this victory against Bridgeport improved the confidence of the team.
“Wins haven’t seemed to come easy so any win is good in our book,” she said. “It keeps us going to the next game. A win is a win; it did however give some of our girls some playing time in a varsity game. It lightened the overall tension on the bench and was very enjoyable.”
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Lady Tigers won their second match-up against Pateros 53-43 on the road.
“The girls had moments they looked really strong and some moments they really need to improve on,” Schertenleib said. “In the end, they won a very difficult match-up. Pateros is a good team, but any time an opponent fouls out and plays with fewer than five players on the floor, it creates unique challenges. In the end, we came out on top and the girls worked really hard.”
As of press time, the Lady Tigers had not yet played at home against Oroville on Tuesday, Dec. 14. They next play their second match-up against Bridgeport in Bridgeport on Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. and then in Liberty Bell on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.
“I hope we can stay healthy and really concentrate on what we need to do as a team,” Schertenleib said. “I think our girls have really improved overall since last year and if we can just continue, that will really help us going into a competitive season.”