Peshtigo Takes Two Game Lead; Crivitz Moves Into Second Place TieIssue Date: January 25, 2017
Coming into Thursday nights match up with Crivitz the Wausaukee Rangers were sitting in second place in the M&O rankings, after two halves The Crivitz Wolverines had successfully defeated the Rangers 53-43.
The victory helped the Wolverines enter a tie for second with the Rangers with both two games back from league leading Peshtigo.
"Wausaukee versus Crivitz, its always a war," said Messar. "Our defense has been our forte all year and tonight I say a let down. I'm kind of in awe right not. You gotta give Crivitz credit they exploited mistakes and made adjustments after half time."
Starting off the game for the Rangers was Kaelyn Schlies who slipped through the lane for the games first layup. Schlies added another point shortly after off a free throw and repeated the line perfromance moments later.
She was not done yet though, hitting on another two pointer before being answered by Crivitz's Sianna Guns to make it a 2-8 game in favor of the Rangers.
"She is a very gifted kid," said Messar. "She doesn't like to lose."
Guns helped to narrow the lead with a three point play.
At about the mid-way point of the first half the Wolverines' Taylor Bemis sunk a behind the arc bucket to bring the Wolverine deficit to 12-8.
Maddison Renikow made the first there pointer for the angers to make it 18-11.
Lexi Oyer punched the ticket on the first half with a three point bucket to make it 26-18 login into the intermission.
"Tonight was about rythem," said Crivitz head coach Brett Meyers. "Our girls tend to play tentatively and its been hard for them to break that habit. But when they start to move and the other team makes a few mistakes they find their rythem."
After a few seconds had ticked off during the second half Oyer hit on her second long range jumper of the night to further narrow the lead 26-21.
Oyer's third triple came moments later, bringing the Wolverines to a 26-26 tie.
Wausaukee returned to the lead thanks to a Madelyn Schlies layup and three pointer which set the score at 33-30.
A Guns three point jumper gave the Wolverines the lead once again at 36-33.
From that point on the Wolverines took control of the game and built a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of regulation.
"We tend to get into lulls where we watch the game instead of playing it," said Messar. "I think this might be a result of the youth of this team. We have some growing pains but we have to figure these out."
Chloe Gruszynski scored the final two points of the contest on two separate visits to the free throw line to give the game its final score 53-43.
The loss bumps the Rangers down to a tie for second place with the Wolverines. both teams will be looking for Peshtigo to slip going further into the second round of games.
"We have to stay positive," said Messar. "Life and basketball are both about ups and downs and right we are down. But its time to re-focus and get back on track. We are going to look for help along the way. We will take control of what we can."
Kaelyn Schlies was the evenings top scorer with 16 points. Teammates Madelyn Schlies and Bella Manske both added on eight points.
The Crivitz girls were led by Gruszynski with 15 points and Lexi Oyer with 11. Taylor Bemis added 10 points while Guns finished the night with seven.
"I'm really excited for the kids," said Meyers. "This is a cross town game that is always important and the girls worked hard for this. We didn't have a great showing in the first match but definitely recovered for this one."
Hot Start Leads
Peshtigo Over Lena
As the undefeated Peshtigo Bulldogs hold a two-game lead in conference, they understand every night they will get their opponent's best shot. Monday night, that opportunity was given to the Lena Wildcats. The Bulldogs started the game with energy on their way to a 29-4 lead, which helped them to a 69-51 victory at the end of the game.
Quick hands from Bulldog defenders made things difficult for the Wildcats right away. The key beneficiary of the stout defense was Peshtigo's Claire Neumann who scored nine of the first 11 Bulldog points as they opened a hasty 11-0 lead. Kendra Slempkes ended the Bulldog run with a layup, but Neumann answered right back with a basket of her own. Megan Behnke joined in with a layup for the Bulldogs to push the lead to 15-2. Meckenna Portier's long jumper gave Lena their second hoop of the game, but Peshtigo responded in a big way. A 14-0 run, thanks in part to two Jenna Thill three-pointers, over the next five minutes of game time opened a 29-4 lead for the Bulldogs.
"In the second half of the season, we decided to try to be a little more up-tempo. We came out and pressed right away, got some easy buckets, got things rolling, and that carried over to both ends of the floor. I thought, the first half tonight was the best half of basketball we've played all year," said Peshtigo Coach Pete Villas.
Lena was able to cut the lead before halftime. A layup and a triple from Brianna Sylvester trimmed the lead to 29-11. Kaylee Huberty connected on a short jumper and Slempkes added a layup before halftime, as Lena cut the lead to 36-18 at the break.
In the second half, the teams exchanged baskets for nearly the entire 18 minutes of play. Neumann hit a short jumper before Lena's Sylvester drained a three and Portier connected with a mid-range jump shot. The Wildcats mounted a bit of a comeback when Sylvester found her way to two layups, Madysen Herald drilled a three and Sylvester added a triple of her own. This cut the lead to 51-40, but it was as close as Lena would get it.
Hannah Swanson drained a triple before fighting for a rebound and a put back. Neumann added another short jumper and Peshtigo's 7-0 run pushed the lead back to 58-40. Back-to-back Shae Tonn layups gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the second half at 20 points with 3:20 left to play. Peshtigo held on for a 69-51 victory.
When asked of his players stepping up, Coach Villas couldn't say enough, "Shae does an excellent job handling the ball. She can score when she has to, but she sees the floor so well. It was nice that when she realized we needed to get it going, she was the one to step up. Every game, we seem to have someone new that sees that and steps it up. Hopefully that makes it difficult for teams to defend us and tonight we had four girls in double-digits. Overall, I was really happy with our energy tonight."
Neumann paced Peshtigo with 16 points, Tonn added 12, Thill scored 11, and Swanson finished with 10. For Lena, Sylvester piled on a game-high 21 points, Huberty pitched in with six, and Slempkes, Herald, and Kaitlyn Hodkiewicz each added five.
"We didn't press and I thought we didn't have the same energy as we did in the first half, but we were able to keep that lead. We stayed even with them, I wish we would have been better defensively, but they started hitting some shots. The big thing is that we got out of here with a win, our streak is still going, we're 11-0 in conference and we're reaching the goals we want to reach," Coach Villas said.
The Niagara Badgers girls basketball team easily cruised their way to an overwhelming 54-16 win over the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers Thursday night.
Leading the charge for the Badgers was the Badgers leading scorer Sarah Nawn, who posted 19 points over the course of competition.
Nawn's 19 points were built upon five long range buckets along with a two for two showing at the line.
Taylor Tushoski followed up Nawn with eight points which she earned with a six of six performance at the free throw line along with one close jumper.
STAA was lead by Millie Benson and Halle Beranek with six points each.
Rangers Sprint to Win
The Wausaukee Ranger girls basketball squad continue fight for their place among the top of the conference, defeating the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers 66-15.
The Rangers scored early and often and never looked back as they built a 37-6 first half lead which they increased over the second half with an additional 29 points to STAA's nine.
Courtney Messar led all scorers with 11 points. Kaelyn Schlies chipped in nine while Bella Manske, Maddison Renikow and Natalie Schroeder all got eight point apiece.
STAA was led by Michelle Kallestad with eight points.
Climb to the Top
The Crivitz Wolverines, fresh off a win over second place Wausaukee added another win Monday night, defeating visiting Oneida Nation in a close 55-48 verdict.
The Wolverines controlled the court for most of the game, building a 32-28 lead during the first half. Oneida's Yehli Rodriguez and Jashon Killspotted both posted 12 in the first half to keep the Thunderhawks alive.
But a well balanced scoring attack by the Wolverines proved to be more than they could overcome as a 23 point second half push out did the Thunderhawks 20 point second half.
Killspotted was the evenings top scorer with 20 points and was followed by Rodriguez with 18 points.
Sianna Guns topped the Wolverine scoring charts with 14 points while Chloe Gruszynski posted 10 and Emalee Johnsen nine.
Florence Wins Close
Match Over STAA
The Florence Bobcats secured a 31-28 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers Tuesday.
Florence held the lead going into the half 16-13 which they held onto over the second though STAA met them in scoring 15-15.
STAA's Millie Benson was the games top scorer with 10 points. Michelle Kallestad got eight.
Florence was led by Jenna Springer with eight points and Kathleen Selden with six points.
Crivitz Takes Win
The Crivitz Wolverines travled to Stephenson last Tuesday for a non-conference match up with the Eagles which they won 60-50.
Crivitz took contour early exiting the first quarter ahead 18-11 thanks to a six point performance by Chloe Gruszynski.
Crivitz continued to hold the edge during the second, exiting the quarter ahead in the scoring column 33-20. The Wolverines outscored the Eagles 15-9 during that second frame. CeCe Johnsen hit for seven point during the quarter.
Stephenson outscored the Wolverines over the third 18-12 but were unable to keep the rally login as the Crivitz girls secured the win with a 15 point fourth quarter which was keyed by Gruszynski on a six of six free throw showing.
Gruszynski ended the game as the evenings top scorer with 14 points. She was eight of ten from the free throw line. Taylor Bemis added 11 while Sianna Guns posted 10 points.
Karlee Kuntze scored 11 for the Eagles while Autumn Rasner added nine.
Niagara Win Over
The Niagara Badgers were able to survive a close contest with the Goodman-Pembine Patriots Tuesday night, defeating them 38-32.
The Patriots held the lead at the half 18-17 but were outscored by the Badgers over the second 21-14.
Sara Nawn finished the night with 14 points, enough to take top scoring honors. She hit on four threes to help achieve that total. Cassandra Gill posted eight while Ki Eircidy Hannah scored 6.
The Patriots were led by Morrison and Neumann with 13 points each.
Thursday evening the Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to Suring to take on the Eagles in an M&O matchup. Thanks to a strong first half, the Bulldogs took a 26-17 lead into the break, before winning 44-32.
Madi Martin and Claire Neumann each shared the leading scorer honors with 14 points for the Bulldogs, Hannah Swanson added eight, and Emma Frederickson chipped in with six.
Katie Stegeman led the Eagles with 12 points, Jenna Reed finished with eight, and Arianna Sepluede pitched in six.
The Gillett Tigers defended their home court against the visiting Coleman Cougars Monday evening with a 50-35 victory. After taking a 26-17 lead into halftime, the Tigers continued their tenacity in the second half.
Taylor Yonker led Gillett with 11 points, Victoria Loberger and Faith Sorlie each scored 10 and Erin Balthazor added eight.
Coleman was led by Ashlee Mayer with 14 points, Kailey Klimek added nine and Mariana Meissner pitched in with five.
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