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Sports from the week of January 10, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Girls rally from deficit

The Tracy/Milroy/balaton girls basketball team improved to 8-1, 4-0 in the 212 Conference, with a 51-33 win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Tracy Friday.

The game was not as easy for the Panthers as the final score would indicate. the game was tied at 9-9 at the end of the first period. The Falcons applied full court pressure with a zone press that forced the Panthers to earn every point they got.

Midway in the second quarter, with the score tied at 15-15, the Falcons took advantage of a field goal and four free throws to put up 6 unanswered points on the scoreboard and take a 21-15 lead.

"We did a good job of pressuring them on defense in the second half," observed Panther coach Paul Soupir. "When their point guard left the game for a time we did a good job of taking advantage of it."

Wrestlers lose close ones in strong Granite tourney

The Panther wrestling team placed seventh in the eight-team Dam Site Tournament in Granite Falls Saturday.

Canby won the meet with 157 points, followed by Wabasso at 150. Other team points were: Windom/Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin, 115; Dawson-Boyd, 93.5; Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 82.5; Pipestone-Jasper, 78; 7- Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 60; Yellow Medicine East, 53.5.

“We lost every close match we had and could have been as high as fourth or fifth with just a few of them going our way,” said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. “This tournament included some of the best wrestling teams in the state.”

MCC wins turnouver & rebound battle in 67-55 win over TMB

The Panther boys basketball team saw their winless streak extended as they lost a hard-fought game to the visiting Murray County Central Rebels 67-55 Monday night.

The loss dropped their season record to 0-9.

“They (MCC) wanted the win more than we did,” said a disappointed Panther Coach Jon Ruoff. “We had 21 turnovers in the first half alone and we were out-rebounded in both halves.”

The Rebels played a physical game that featured strong rebounding and a tenacious defense. They did an excellent job of anticipating Panther passes and intercepted or deflected a good number of them.

“We took a little better care of the ball in the second half,” observed Ruoff. “It was a very physical game and you have to give MCC credit-they played very hard.”