Koontz scores 29 in New London winTiger boys’ basketball team falters in second half and falls to Central Lee, 66-43
NEW LONDON — New London split a pair of home games with Central Lee on Tuesday night: the boys faltered in the second half of a 66-43 loss, while the girls’ team claimed a 72-62 win over the Hawks to put them a game over .500 on the season.
“It was a huge win for us,” New London girls’ coach Duane Blint said.
After trailing 20-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers roared back to take a 32-30 lead by halftime, and they held on to that lead through the second half for a win.
Sami Koontz led the Tigers with 29 points, shooting 56 percent from the floor on the night. She also dished out five assists.
Morgan Christner had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Victoria Noel also scored in double figures with 18 points and dished out five assists.
The Tigers are now 7-6 overall and 6-4 in the SEISC South.
The boys are 4-8 on the season and 3-7 in the conference.
On Tuesday, the Tigers kept pace with Central Lee in the first half of the home contest, going into the break tied with the Hawks at 32-32.
However, New London was able to post only 11 second-half points in the loss.
The Tigers were led by Quincy Porter’s 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mitch Boles chipped in seven points and Cameron Watson had seven boards.
Porter also dished out two assists and had a steal; Watson blocked a shot.
The Tigers play again Friday at Cardinal in Eldon.