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Coleman Purses Tourney Title; Bulldogs Fall 35-23
Peshtigo Gets Outscored 15-0 In 4th Quarter
Notching a pair of holiday tournament wins, the Coleman Cougars pursed top honors at the Gresham meet beating Menominee Indian 65-22 and Oneida Nation 46-34. The double win lifts coach Jeff Bronsons cagers to 4-3 on the season heading into the new year.
In the only other cage clash, the Peshtigo Bulldogs (5-1) were outscored 15-zip in the fourth quarter and suffered their first loss of the season Friday 35-23 to visiting Little Chute.
The Coleman girls earned a berth in the championship round of the Gresham Holiday Tournament following their 65-22 shellacking of Menominee Indian Friday.
The Cougars started off the game with a 10-0 outburst behind some solid scoring from Makenzie Sadowski, who scored eight points in the opening quarter and finished with a game high 21 points.
Hope Process fired in 11 points and Raena Chucka added eight for the winners.
With only three points separating the Cougars from the Eagles at halftime of the championship game of the Gresham Tournament, the Coleman girls picked up their pace in the third and fourth frames to outlast Oneida Nation and win the game 46-34.
Coleman enjoyed an outstanding performance from Abby Bieber, who turned in 17 points, including eight in the final period, to lead all scorers. Hope Process scored 10 points and Makenzie Sadowski chipped in with eight.
Peshtigo Can't Sustain
Lead, Falls To Little Chute
For three quarters of play on Friday, the Bulldogs gave Little Chute all they could handle on the hardwood court, putting themselves in position to win the non-conference clash with a 23-20 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
But Peshtigo's defense, despite looking very strong most of the game, couldn't stop the Mustangs at all in the fourth quarter. What looked like a bit of an upset in the making for Peshtigo came off of the rails in the fourth quarter as the Little Chute girls blew up for 15 points while holding the home team scoreless to pocket the 35-23 win.
"For the first half and even into the third quarter, I think that was by far our best game of the year," said Bulldogs boss Bob Kuchta. "On defense especially. They're one of the best teams we'll play this year. Their two losses were to teams that went to sectional finals last season. So for us, I think we had some positives tonight. These girls are committed and it's paid off for them. They' know they're able to compete with bigger schools and I think they're making progress."
The Bulldogs got eight points from Carly Dietrich and six each from Amanda Emmes and Nicole Motkowski.
Little Chute saw Laurissa Johnson score 12 and McKenna Joosten 10.