THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Peshtigo Gals Split M&M Clashes
Coming up with a split in clashes against Twin City teams, the Peshtigo Bulldogs girls sport a 7-5 overall mark after beating Marinette 46-34 Friday and falling to Menominee 44-30 Tuesday.
Sitting at 6-2 and in second place in the M-O Conference, Peshtigo will return to league play with road trips to Lena Thursday and Crivitz on Monday.
The Marinette Marines started the fourth quarter of Friday nights home game against Peshtigo in great shape down just one point at 31-30. But the Marines couldnt weather the storm of Peshtigo shooting down the stretch, one that saw the Bulldogs outdo the Marines 16-4 on their way to a 46-34 non-conference win.
The Marines didnt let an 6-0 deficit to start the game derail them in front of their home crowd early as Shannen Ganter scored all six of the contests opening points to lay the groundwork for a big night.
The Marines didnt get anything going until about a minute and a half left to play in the opening quarter when Cassandra Hilbert hit a pull-up jumper to make it 8-3, followed by a Peshtigo turnover that Marinette was able to turn into three points as Amanda Lesandrini drained a long shot in front of the Bulldogs bench.
Stephanie Corry capped the frantic Marinette comeback with a three-point play off a strong drive to the basket that drew a foul and converted at the line for a 9-9 readout with less than a minute to play in the first.
Up next was a back-and-forth- second frame that saw more tenacious play from both teams. Jenna Spangenberg kicked it off with an outside jumper for Peshtigo, followed by an equally good-looking jumper from Marinettes Hilbert (12 points, six for six free throws) to knot it back up at 11...only to have Carly Dietrich (eight points) answer on Peshtigos next trip down.
With the dust settled on the second quarter and both teams in the locker room, the score stood at 20-18 Peshtigo.
Dietrich got things going for the Bulldogs in the third but Lesandrini (nine points) hit a three pointer early in the frame to keep the Marines hot on the trail of the Bulldogs and the visiting team once again found itself struggling to put any distance between itself and the Marinette squad.
But, the Bulldogs are in the top tier of the M-O conference for a reason. When it counted in the fourth, they made their shots and then backed their strong offense up with defensive stops at the other end, overwhelming the Marines 18-4 over the games final eight minutes for the win.
Peshtigo Starts Slow
In Loss To Maroons
The Maroons (6-2) dusted off a lopsided loss suffered against Marquette last week by taking their frustrations out on the Bulldogs Tuesday in the form of a 44-30 win.
The Menominee defense stifled the usually-potent Peshtigo offense into a one-point performance in the first quarter, jumping out to a 10-1 lead.
The Bulldogs bounced back with an 11-point second frame, but by the time the two teams took to the floor for the third quarter, the Maroons were up 25-12 and well on their way to victory.
Peshtigo's Brittany Marquardt and Nicole Motkowski were the game's top scorers with nine apiece.
Menominee was led by Courtney Conery's eight points while Amanda Pedersen grabbed six boards to lead the Maroons in the rebounding category.