Growth can be measured in a number of ways. For the young Tidehaven Tigerettes, it can be measured in how they have improved from game to game.
Although they are still searching for their first District 24-3A win, the Tigerettes showed some moxie in their 41-33 loss to Danbury Tuesday night.
“I told them this is our growing year and to get used to what is expected,” Tidehaven Coach Lacey Shindler said. “I have a lot of freshmen who have never played at the varsity level and they have taken it head on and every day amaze me.”
The Tigerettes were within two points, 35-33, after Zoe Winkenwerder hit a basket with 4:16 left in the game. The Lady Panthers went on a 6-0 run to close the game and take the victory.
Tidehaven was down by as many as 11 points in the second half. Danbury held a 31-20 with about 4 minutes left to play in the third quarter when they closed the period on an 11-2 run to get within two points, 33-31.
Jehan Johnson hit a 3-pointer and a layup to close Tidehaven’s third quarter run to leave the Tigerettes down by two heading into the fourth quarter. Jenay Lynn had four points during Tidehaven’s run.
In the first half, the Tigerettes held the lead a couple of times as the two teams battled back and forth.
Madison Kacer hit a pair of free throws with 2:38 left in the first quarter to give Tidehaven an 8-7 edge. Danbury went on a 5-2 spurt to close the quarter to take a 12-10 lead into the second.
In the second quarter, Kacer hit a 3-pointer to give Tidehaven a 15-14 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half. Later, Winkenwerder hit a basket and a free throw to give the Tigerettes a 18-17 lead.
Johnson led Tidehaven with eight points. Kacer finished with seven while Winkenwerder had five.
Natalie Ledwig also had five points for Tidehaven.