THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gillett Defeats Wausaukee; Falls To Newman Catholic
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
Gillett's Tough Tourney
The Gillett Tiger girls who have proven their toughness time and again this past basketball season had their tournament championship hopes squelched by the hands of Newman Catholic 52-40.
"We went down 18-5 to start the game and fought back to a close first half 30-19," siad Gillett Head Coach Justin Daul. "We came out fast in the second half to close the gap pushing the score to a tie game with about 6 minutes left but Newman went into stall mode with about 31/2 minutes left to finish the game off with free throws at that time the score was 44-40.
Taylor Yonker did all she could to help her Tigers with 14 points to lead the Gillett girls while Kaitlyn School and Debauch both managed to fire in six points each. Faith Sorlie ended the night with two points.
"My seniors did a great job all season and specifically teaching my younger players what it takes to be a winner," said Daul. "We had a great core of seniors that will be really missed but I'm very happy that they got experience this ride. They have worked their butts off for four years and deserved every moment of this. Our community support was outstanding and amazing to see, it really was crazy to see how many people supported us through our run. I know that in the locker room at the end of the game the underclassmen pushed the point that being this close and almost getting to state will only drive harder in the offseason to get over this hump. It was an honor to carry the banner for the M&O through the playoffs and really prove that we do play some great ball in the conference and with almost everything coming back from every team outside of ours, it only proves this will be a quality league next year with some really good coaches. It really is an exciting time for our conference!"
Tiger Take Down
The Gillett Tigers had an M&O rival to take down on the tournament trail Thursday night when they faced off with the Wausaukee Rangers on the court of the Pulaski Red Raiders. The Tiger came away with the win 66-65.
It couldn't have been closer game. But not at first. Early on the Tigers found themselves in a huge hole. But a steady and calm Gillett squad took their shots and made them count and clawed their way back to the lead capping the game off late in the second half.
After ten minutes of play in the first half the Rangers were probably thing we have this one in the bag as they held a 21-5 lead. But it just goes to show that the M&O has no slouches. Give them an inch and they go a mile and thats what the Tiger did.
Ealry in the second half Gillett had made as serious strive toward the lead narrowing things up at 36-27 before finding their way to the lead 37-36 with a little more than half a frame to go.
Kaitlyn Schaal really made an impact late in the matchup when she hit one of her two free throws while Yonker fired in a basket for the 64-60 lead with half a minute remaining.
Gillett was led by Yonker with 24 points while Debauch chipped in 17 points while Willow Pecha finished with 10. Young added on eight.
Wausaukee was led by Madelyn Schlies with 18 points, Maddison Renikow with 15 and Kaelyn Schlies with 12 points.