A school record 6th straight
Stephenson girls keep on winning
Friday, January 03, 2014 6:00 PM
STEPHENSON - After building up a head of steam with five road wins, the Stephenson girls' basketball team burst into the school record book in its home opener Friday night.
Karley Johnson of Stephenson drives in for a fast-break basket as North Dickinson's Gina Rotter defends during their game Friday night.
The unbeaten Eagles broke the winning streak record with their sixth straight victory in a 65-34 romp over North Dickinson Friday night.
The previous winning streak record of five was by the 1982 and 1985 teams.
"That was one of my original goals," coach Mark Simon said of the Eagles' record. "Individual records are nice but team records are what I'm interested in."
North Dickinson rode some sharp outside shooting to force a 15-15 deadlock before the Eagles took control with a 15-2 run.
Tiffany Wangerin launched in her second triple of the game to help ignite the game-breaking flurry.
Amelia Starzynski came up with a steal and triggered in a 3-pointer and Tiffany Wangerin followed with another 3-ball to jack the lead to 35-21.
Stephenson forced seven turnovers and pestered the Nordics for three steals in the second quarter while taking a 38-25 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles, sparked by some sizzling outside shooting, buried 7 of 9 shots during their second-quarter surge.
The Eagles' pressure defense muffled the Nordics' outside sniping and rattled the Nordics (1-3) into a 3-of-9 struggle from the floor in the second quarter.
"I wasn't happy with our defense in the first quarter," said Simon. "We were letting people get free. There's a shooting culture (in North Dickinson). I made some adjustments and it seemed to put the clamps down a little bit.
"Tori Wangerin did an outstanding job with her perimeter defense."
Stephenson missed its first five shots of the third quarter but the defense remained in lockdown mode, holding the Nordics to a point through the first 51⁄2 minutes.
Kelsey Johnson restarted the Eagles' attack with a drive to the iron and Tori Wangerin connected from the paint. Another determined drive through the lane by Kelsey Johnson pumped the lead to 44-25 before Gina Rotter snapped the Nordics' scoring drought with a 3-pointer.
Tiffany Wangerin's fourth 3-pointer gave the Eagles a 51-31 lead after the third quarter.
Stephenson opened the fourth period with a 10-0 run to put the win on ice.
"I haven't been around a team like this since 1981," said Simon said, referring to Stephenson's state championship boys' team he played on. "They like each other. They understand what it takes to succeed. That comes from their families and the prior coaching. I'm just the beneficiary of a good group of girls."
Tiffany Wangerin paced the Eagles with 16 points and she added five assists and three steals.
Kelsey Wangerin had 14 points and collected six rebounds and Tori Wangerin had 10 points and six rebounds.
Lexi Johnson had three steals and six rebounds while contributing eight points.
The Eagles sank 28 of 67 shots.
Stephenson plays host to Twin City Baptist Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
NORTH DICKINSON (34) - Starnes 6, Rotter 9, Steele 4, Stroud 10, Steinbrecher 2, Tolonen 3. Totals - FG: 16 FT: 2-4 F: 10
STEPHENSON (65) - Tiff Wangerin 16, Kel. Johnson 14, Karli Johnson 4, Lexi Johnson 8, Martin 6, Tori Wangerin 10, A. Starzynski 5, R. Starzynski 2. Totals - FG: 27 FT: 4-7 F: 10
North Dickinson 15 10 6 3 - 34
Stephenson 17 21 13 14 - 65