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Sports from the week of February 25, 2004

TMB boys finish 4-9 in 212

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton boys split games with Murray County and Kerkovern-Murdock-Sunburg last week.
After a disappointing 66-54 loss at slayton Thursday, the Panther boys rallied to top KMS 66-61 Friday.

The action closed out the team's 212 Conference lay with a 4-9 record, and left them with an 814 season record.

TMB 66, KMS 61

"The kids gave us four solid quarters of play tonight," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer.

The Panthers hit 24 of 60 field goal attempts for 40% while the Fighting Saints hit 25 of 55 shots for 45% shooting. Eric Peterson and Ross Ladehoff led the Panther scoring with 15 points each while Sean Kirk chipped in with 14. T/M/B pulled down 35 rebounds (Kirk 11) to 29 for the Fighting Saints, had 20 assists ( Stibbe 8) to 16, 5 steals ( Ladehoff 2, Kirk 2) to 5, 2 blocks (Kirk, Ladehoff) to 4 for KMS. T/M/B took very good care of the ball and committed only 7 turnovers to 14 for KMS.

MCC 66, TMB 54

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton boys' basketball team lost to the Murray County Central Rebels 66-54 at Slayton Thursday night. The win improved MCC's season record to 6-12 and T/M/B's dropped to 7-14.

The Panthers led 45-38 after three quarters of play but the Rebels out-scored T/M/B 28-10 in the last period to take the win.

"We had a tough night shooting," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. "But the most important thing is that we just didn't play good defense in this game."

The Rebels hit 29 of 59 field goal attempts for 50% while T/M/B hit 15 of 50 two point field goals for 30% and were 5 of 19 from three point range for 26%.

The Panthers pulled down 40 rebounds (10 each by Davidson, Ladehoff and Kirk) to 25, had 13 assists (Ladehoff 4) to 16, 14 steals (Ladehoff 4) to 16, 3 blocks (Ladehoff 2) to 7 for MCC. The Rebels turned the ball over 17 times to 22 for T/M/B. T/M/B was led in scoring by Ross Ladehoff with 18 points, he was followed by Sean Kirk with 11 and Kyle Stibbe and Eric Peterson with 10 each.

Windom, YME get top seeds in girls tourney

The Panther girls' basketball team has been seeded fourth in the Section 3AA South Basketball Tournament. Windom (21-1) was the top seed. Pipestone was seeded second, Jackson County Central 3rd, Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 4th, MCC 5th, Redwood Valley 6th, Renville County West 7th and Luverne 8th.

The Panthers open play against Murray County Central , on the Tracy gym, Saturday, Feb. 28.

Yellow Medicine East is the top seed in the north half of the Section 3AA tourney, followed by MACCRAY, Montevideo, Morris, Ortonville, Lac qui Parle Valley, West Central Area, Benson.

The Section 3AA championship game is 5 p.m. on March 12 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

TMB 53, Minneota 46

The Panther girls' basketball team, seeded fourth in the section tournament, defeated Minneota, seeded second, in a regular season game at Minneota Thursday night 55-46.

The Panthers used a 17-4 scoring edge in the second quarter to overcome a Minneota lead and went 11 for 12 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter to hold the lead and win the game.

Tigers trip up Panther boys, 78-54

The Panther boys ost to the Marshall Tigers in a non-conference game at Tracy Tuesday, 78-54, leaving them with an 8-15 season record. Their final regular season game is against CMCS at Prinsburg Friday night.

"We played very well for a little over half of the game," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. "However, they were too strong for us under the basket and just wore us out in the second half."