Tartan’s basketball streak included a title

After winning only one of its first five games, the Tartan High School girls basketball team won game No. 2 just before going on Christmas break. Luckily for the Titans, a few days off for the holiday weren’t enough to derail any momentum they had accumulated.

Tartan came out of the holiday and tacked on three more victories before another pause for New Year’s. The Titans then kicked off 2017 with three more wins to run their winning streak to seven games and improve the overall record to 8-4.

This is Tartan’s best start since the 2012-13 team won eight of its first nine games.

Three of the wins during the streak came in a holiday tournament and gave Tartan the tournament title. The Titans beat St. Croix Prep, Richfield and the host Huskies at the St. Anthony Village Tie It Teal tournament to claim a holiday tournament championship for the first time since 2008.

Tartan’s winning streak began with a 61-40 victory over Spring Lake Park on Dec. 22. That triumph snapped a three-game losing streak for the Titans.

Tartan opened the season with a trip up north that ended with a split. The Titans fell to Esko in the season opener and rebounded to take down Duluth East the next day.

Tartan’s home opener didn’t go too well as it dropped a nine-point decision to Robbinsdale Armstrong and followed that up with losses to Hudson, Wisconsin and St. Croix Lutheran.

Following the holiday tournament, Tartan charged into 2017 with three consecutive wins, starting with a 55-30 thumping of South St. Paul. A visit to Coon Rapids ended with a 37-32 win and Tartan then improved to 2-0 in the Metro East Conference with a six-point win over Simley on Jan. 10.

In the Simley game, two Titans scored in double figures. Takara Mason tied for game-high honors with 15 points and freshman Ysareia Chevre added a dozen.

Through Jan. 12, only three teams remained unbeaten in conference play. Hastings led the league at 3-0 while Tartan and Mahtomedi were both 2-0. The Titans and Zephyrs squared off on Jan. 13, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

 

Showdown Friday

Hastings is in its third year as a member of the Metro East Conference and is seeking its third consecutive conference championship. The Raiders won the Metro East in their inaugural year with a record of 12-2 and went a perfect 14-0 last season.

With its 3-0 start in the conference this season, Hastings ran its streak of consecutive Metro East victories to 25. Hill-Murray and Mahtomedi are the only Metro East teams to beat the Titans in the past three seasons.

Tartan gets its first shot at the Raiders this season on Jan. 19 at Hastings. The two teams are also scheduled to tangle at Tartan on Feb. 17.

Hastings beat Tartan 59-43 and 61-50 last year. The year before that, the Raiders posted victories of 10 and 23 points over the Titans.

Also on the docket this week for Tartan is a game at Hill-Murray on Jan. 17.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

       

Metro East Conference girls basketball standings (Through Jan. 12)

       

 

 

Hastings 

Mahtomedi 

Tartan

North 

Simley 

Henry Sibley 

Hill-Murray

South St. Paul  

Conf. 

3-0

2-0 

2-0 

1-1 

1-2 

0-2 

0-2 

0-2  

Overall 

6-8

10-2

8-4

4-7

7-7

6-7

4-8

4-8 

Games behind

-

1/2

1/2

1 1/2

2

2 1/2

2 1/2

2 1/2 

 

 

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