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Peshtigo Rallies Past Little Chute
Just before the Christmas break, the Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled down to Little Chute to take on the Mustangs Thursday night. The teams battled to a 25-25 halftime deadlock. In the second half, it was more of the same as neither team was able to pull away, but in the end, the Bulldogs came away victorious by a narrow 55-54 margin.
The Mustangs scored the first seven points of the second half while Peshtigo pulled within two or three points on multiple occasions. The Bulldogs took a two-point lead with just under three minutes to play, only to fall behind by two with under two minutes. An Emma Frederickson layup with 49 seconds left gave Peshtigo a 53-51 lead. Little Chute missed a jumper and Frederickson secured the rebound, got fouled, and sank both free throws. Little Chute hit a three at the buzzer.
"This is a big win for these girls and this program. Little Chute has a very good program, year in and year out. After the game, I told the girls that every team needs a win to use as a spring board to launch the season to the next level and this is that kind of win," Peshtigo Coach Pete Villas said.
Emma Frederickson paced the Bulldog attack with 10 points. Shae Tonn followed closely, pitching in nine points and Madi Martin added eight for Peshtigo.
"Every girl that went into the game contributed in one way or another, either offensively or defensively. Hannah Swanson was a spark off the bench. Megan Behnke hit a big three-point basket in the second half," said Coach Villas.
Tess Keyzers led Little Chute with 19 points, Kendra Schumacher and Olivia Hermsen each scored 10, and Libby VandenBerg scored eight.
Crandon Crushes Goodman/Pembine
In Northern Lakes Conference action Thursday night, the Goodman/Pembine Patriots hosted the Crandon Cardinals. With a record of 2-1 in the conference, Crandon came away with a 63-18 victory over the winless Patriots, keeping pace with Three Lakes who sits atop the conference at 4-0.
Ashley Neumann led the Patriots with 10 points and seven rebounds. Katelyn Morrison chipped in with four points and three rebounds. Rachel Braaten came down with four rebounds and two points.
Bears Ground Eagles
The Suring Eagles played host to the Bonduel Bears Thursday in a non-conference matchup. The teams were nearly even in the first half as Bonduel secured a 21-18 lead at intermission. The Bears continued to be a burden in the second half as Bonduel took a 47-40 victory over Suring.
The Eagles were led by Katie Stegeman who recorded 14 points. Greta Sleeter added 12 points, including 9 of 12 shooting from the free throw line. Blake Seppel pitched in with nine for Suring.
Bonduel's duo of Emily Sorenson and Jessie Loberge paced the Bears with 10 points each. Kailee Pederson added seven while Kylee Guenther chipped in six.