Bulldogs Maul Marines in Early Season Non-Conference PlayIssue Date: November 24, 2021
Area Girls Basketball
The fans at Marinette High School weren't enough to propel the Marines to a win over Peshtigo on their opening night.
Peshtigo started off with a 9-4 lead and never looked back, taking a 33-16 lead into halftime and finishing things off at 63-29.
Emma Gilligan scored 15 points for the Bulldogs, with her three-point shooting giving the team a spark for the second straight game. She made her first four three-pointers against Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the team's season opener and went 5-for-9 against Marinette.
"The last two games, she's been spot-on. What a boost that is to the team," Peshtigo coach Lance Pesch said. "Did I see this coming? No, not at all."
Sydney Lund went 8-for-15 shooting and led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jaci Tonn had eight points and seven rebounds.
Peshtigo doesn't have a lot of depth, but what they lack in-depth, they make up for in the talent of their top players.
"We are very, very limited on depth. We have no depth, but if those five can not get in foul trouble, we're going to be all right," Pesch said. "Our starting five is pretty good. We're junior and senior strong. We've been playing pretty well the last two games."
Maysen Brissette scored six points, Rylie Ellie had five and both Akira Smalls and Brooklyn Phillips had four. Seven of the eight Bulldogs who played in the game had at least four rebounds.
Marinette was hurt by its free throw efforts, as the Marines made just four of their 20 free throw attempts.
"That hurts. You go on a run, you get fouled, then you miss some free throws," Marinette coach Zac Barker said. "That hurts. We missed a couple layups here and there. We had the effort, we had the plays, but just couldn't finish on some of them."
Despite missing 75% of their free throws, Marinette did some good things defensively to get steals and get into offensive positions to be fouled.
"We've shown some flashes of getting some steals off-ball. We've played well at spurts, it just wasn't consistent," Barker said.
Both coaches agreed that it was good to have fans back in the stands in full force after a year where the COVID-19 pandemic limited the number of attendees for each game,
"It was a fun night: good crowd, great atmosphere," Pesch said. "Basketball is back. It's fun to have everyone. It's wonderful, and it motivates everyone."
"It was a pretty rowdy bunch, and we're also playing Peshtigo, so they know a lot of people on both sides. I think that might have contributed a little bit, but it didn't affect the outcome of the game," Barker said. "We definitely appreciate the support from the student body, the families, and the crowd. I wish we could've done a little bit more to feed off their energy. We had a couple of good runs, we just didn't contribute the points off some of those steals."
Niagara Battles Florence
in Close Season Opener
Niagara Gets Close
Win Over Florence
The Niagara Badgers were able to squeak a win past the Florence Bobcats Thursday night when they defeated the home court Bobcats by two points 52-50.
Niagara enjoyed a nice lead after the first half of play 30-13 but saw that lead evaporate in the second half with the Florence girls posting 31 points to their 24.
Leading the way for the Badgers in the win was Josie Rock who piled up 22 points on the night. Bailey Pearson finished with 11 points while Morgan Borchardt added nine to the tally.
Florence was led by the evening's top performer Isabella Millan who got 24 points.
Oconto Takes Down
Crivitz in Season Opener
The Oconto Blue Devils visited the Crivitz Wolverines Thursday night to open their 2021-22 basketball season and were able to take down the Wolverines 47-28.
Though it wasn't a close finish the start of the match was. After one half the Blue Devils held a slight edge 24-20. During that first half, the Blue Devils had almost every started hit five points for a well-dispersed barrage.
During the second half, Oconto's Liana Baxter took to the free-throw line for six points.
Leading all scorers during the match was Baxter with 13 points for Oconto. Leah Allan posted 10 points while Wusterbarth and Viestenz both added seven points each.
Crivitz's McKenna Sellen led the way for the Wolverines with nine points. Tayah Werner posted six while Lucy Gruszynski and Nilea Guns both got five.
Lena Shellack White
Lake in Opener
The Lena Wildcat girls posted a resounding seasoning opening win Thursday night when they obliterated the visiting White Lake girls 64-11.
The quick match which ended with a running clock saw the Wildcats get ahead 40-11 in the first half while stopping the White Lake girls from scoring a single point in the second half.
Lena's Chaela Rabas and Natalie McNurlen combined for an equal portion of a 16 point tally while Claire Brooks added six to help push the Wildcats to that 40 points first-half tally.
By the game's end, McNurlen led all scorers with 14 points while Rabas ended the night with eight. Brooks also had eight points while Breanna Koslowsky pitched in seven.
All of White Lakes points were scored by a single player, Katrina Pranke.
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