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Adjusting For the "Cold"

"It's a dream come true."

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 Pipestone's Junior Forward Faith Tinklenberg has a reputation of stepping up when the game is on the line. In the state semi-finals against Jordan, Tinklenberg grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 26 points, on 11 of 15 shooting, 4 of 5 from 3-point range But it's in overtime, when Tinklenberg became cold blooded. Ice water cruised through her veins as a confident Tinklenberg scored again and again and again. Her pull-up jumpers "chilled" Jordan fans. "Our team, we play better under pressure. I play better under pressure too," said Tinklenberg.

 
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Tinklenberg didn't thaw for the state championship game against Albany. She scored 16 first half points on 6 of 12 shooting and 3 of 5 from behind the arc.



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Give Albany's Head Coach Jon Nureen some credit though. His box-and-one half-time adjustment held Tinklenberg to only 5 points in the 2nd half. "We don't see a lot of that. The second half they really took her out of the game," said Pipestone Head Coach Jay Johnson.

 


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But, Pipestone would make an adjustment of its own. They turned to Senior Steph Kocourek for the winning 3-pointer that gave Pipestone a 50-49 victory over Albany. "Us seniors know that in pressure situations we have the experience. We are the one that need to step-up and tonight as a team everyone stepped-up. I ended up hitting the last shot. It's a dream come true," said Kocourek.


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