Wausaukee / Gillett To Face Off In Sectional SemiIssue Date: February 28, 2018
Regional Win Over
The Wausaukee Ranger girls secured a WIAA playoff Regional win over the hosting Three Lakes girls Friday night 75-42.
Wausaukee definitely had no troubles shooting in this contest, quickly finding themselves ahead 37-20 at the half.
The big first half had a lot to do with great shooting from all the Wausaukee girls. Madelyn Schlies posted eight while Courtney Messar added on 10. Kaelyn Schlies got seven and Maddison Renikow another seven.
With 38 points added on to that 37 point first half the Rangers girls had all they needed and then some to progress down the WIAA playoff trail.
Leading the Rangers was Messar who also obtained top scoring honors with her 16 point game. Renikow finished the night with 15 points while Madelyn Schlies got 14.
Three Lakes was led by Kloey Krusick with 12 points and Macy Sowinski with 10 points.
The Wausaukee Rangers blasted the Sevastopol Pioneers Wednesday night 59-36 helping them advance down the tournament trail.
The Rangers held a nice edge over the first half getting ahead 30-15. The second half saw the Rangers post an additional 29 points while holding the Pioneers to 21 second half points.
Wausaukee was led by Madelyn Schlies with 15 points and Maddison Renikow with 14 points.
Sevastopol was led by Grace Brauer with 10 points.
Oconto in Regional
The Crivitz Wolverines took a WIAA playoff Regional victory Saturday evening 68-59.
The Wolverines had the B.ud Devils number from start to finish and it showed. Over the opening minutes the Wolverines were able to find themsle4ves in the lead.
Taylor bemis hit a three point bucket to get the fans going and grab the lead for her team 4-1.
Kierren Gribben fired in a put back and was followed a short while later by Johnsen on a long two pointer giving Crivitz the lead back, which they briefly lost, 11-10.
Chloe Gruszynski hit for a 13-10 lead and on her next trip to the lane was followed. She made both free throws for a 18-12 lead.
With five minutes remaining Gruszynski hit another two free throws for the 27-19 lead.
At the half the Wolverines led 31-24. That lead was quickly improved upon over the second half with 37 more points from the crafty Wolverines.
Gruszynski led all scorers with 24 points while Johnsen tacked on 12. Bemis finished the evening with 11.
Oconto was led by Allen with 20 and Humbled with 11.
Gillett Finishes Regular
Season With Win
The Gillett Tigers took a 59-36 win over the hosting Niagara Badgers Friday night.
Gillett led throughout, going into the intermission with a 20-17 lead.
The Tiger then turned on the afterburners and cruised to a 39-19 readout over the second half.
Niagara was led by the evenings top scorer Jasmine Racine with 18 points. Maddie West tacked on seven while Jessica patch got six.
Gillett was led by Lexi Debauch with 15 points while Taylor Yonker got 13. Kaitlyn Schaal added on 12 points.
Shoot Down Rebels
The Oconto Blue Devil girls basketball team took down the visiting Laona/Wabeno Rebels Wednesday night 64-26.
It was all Oconto all the way as the girls in blue and yellow cruised their way to a 23-10 lead at the half and things only got worse for the Rebels and the Blue Devil scoring machine went wild over the second half for a 41-16 differential.
The Rebels were led by L. TInsman with 12 points and K. Ashbeck with six points.
Mara Allen was the evenings top performer with 16 points while Sydney Koch added 13 to the total. Hate Gering, Aubree Bucheger and Lauryn Nerehausen all posted eight points each.
The Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers traveled to Suring Wednesday night for a WIAA playoff match that say the Blazers advance thanks to a 56-40 final verdict.
It was all about the first half in this contest. The Blazers were near unstoppable over those opening 18 minutes as they blasted their way to a huge 32-13 lead at the half.
Suring did managed to outscore the Blazers over the second half thanks to a great effort by Kylee Stelzer and Paige Krueger who helped to build a 27 point readout for the final 18 minutes.
Stelzer led all scorers in the matchup with 19 points while teammate Krueger followed up with nine. Linzy Runge, Wylee VanBellinger and Kelsey Smith all added on four points each.
The Blazers' Aston Wenger and Lydia Nelson both posted 15 points for their team while Mikala Perins tacked on 10 points.
Bears Outfight Cougars
for Playoff Win
The Bonduel Bears bagged a 52-32 home court win over the visiting Coleman Cougars Wednesday night, effectively knocking the Cougars off the playoff trail.
Bondeul had a solid push to start with all five starters getting in on the action for a 21-11 lead at the intermission.
Though Coleman found a way to return fire, it happened too late as they Bears pushed through another 31 to take the 20 points win.
Cameron Compe showed how tough she can be in the face of a challenge, finishing the night with 17 points, enough to take top scoring honors. Kailey Klimek chipped in five while Kyla Manning had three.
Bonduel was led by Jessica LaBaerge with 15 points and Ashlyn Shnell with 13 points. Grace Peteka got 11 on the night.
The home court Lena Wildcat girls took a 63-57 Regional playoff win over the Florence Bobcats Wednesday night.
It was a tight matchup throughout as the Wildcats trailed entering the half 26-23.
Jenna Springer led the Bobcats with 18 points while Kathleen Selden posted 16 points.
Lena was led by the evenings top scorers Ally Demmith and Brianna Sylvester who both posted 19 points each with Sylvester hitting three behind the arc buckets.
Run Ends In Crandon
The Crivitz Wolverines girls basketball team after taking down the Oconto Blue Devils found their playoff hopes end Monday night at the hands of the Crandon Cardinals.
The game really boiled down to a slow start for Crivitz, were it not for the 14 point struggle over the opening 18 minutes the Wolverines may have had a slid chance at winning this one. But Crandon, who did not have shooting troubles over the first built a 39-14 lead going into halftime.
Crivitz definitely figured out what went wrong over the first because during the second they looked like a new team, scoring 37 to the Cardinals' 29.
Taking top scoring honors for the Cardinals was A. Neilitz with 19 points. She was followed by teammate T. Renkas was 15 points and L. McGeshick with 11.
Crivitz was led by Chloe Gruszynski with 18 points and Lexi Oyer with 11. Emalee Johnsen posted 10 on the night.
Eskymos Slip Past
The Escanaba Eskymos held on late to defeat the Menominee Maroons 66-64 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 despite a strong fourth quarter from Menominee.
Both teams scored over 20 points in the final frame, with Menominee winning the fourth quarter by a 26-22 margin, though it wasn't enough to get the win, as Escanaba had built a four-point lead at the half and a six-point advantage after three.
Menominee's leading scorer was Erin Barnette, who had 15. She was followed up by Emma Anderson, who had 13. Brianne Burnett got nine and Arikah Bellisle chipped in eight.
For Escanaba, Nicole Kamin led the way with 16, the highest of any scorer in the game. Mykenzie Monkevich had 11.
Marinette Falls in First
Round to Pulaski
The Marinette Marines were defeated in the first round of the playoffs, falling 63-51 to Pulaski on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Despite the best efforts of McKenzie Bebo, who finished the game with a game-high 27 points, the Marines weren't able to hang with the high-scoring Pulaski squad.
Isabel Majewski led Pulaski with 25 points on 10-15 shooting, while Emily Higgins and Madi Winter contributed 14 and 13, respectively. Pulaski had an assist on 17 of their 23 baskets in the game, working the ball around well before taking a shot.
Katelyn Kitzinger gave the Marines an additional 13. Brookelyn Peterson had five, Mady Sims got four and Auburn Waloway had two.
Northland Pines Strong
Finish Ends Peshtigo
The Peshtigo Bulldogs' season ended with a 57-44 loss to Northland Pines on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the first round of the playoffs.
Northland Pines shot the ball well all night, getting a balanced scoring attack from all five starters, as they didn't have any bench players score.
Teresa Kopanski scored 16, Cassie Gauthier had 14 and Jacqueline Smith added 10. Kirsten Lindemann and Hadley Kruse chipped in nine and eight, respectively.
"We've had a lot of inconsistencies this year, but we know that on any given night, we've got four or five kids that could be in double figures," Northland Pines Coach Josh Olivotti said. "I talked to the kids a lot. In order for us to win in the playoffs, we have to have four kids around that double figure mark, because we have kids that are capable."
Olivotti was obviously pleased with his team's performance, saying, "We've got a great group of seniors. We've got some gamers in that group and I'm just really proud of how they fought through tonight. I'm just so happy for the kids tonight."
For Peshtigo on the offensive end, things did not go according to plan in the second half. After leading by as much as six with three minutes left in the first half, the teams went into the break tied at 27.
Northland Pines took their first lead of the game with 10 minutes to go in the game, and they never relinquished it, breaking open a nine-point margin over the next eight minutes before pulling away at the free throw line.
"We just missed wide open layups. We work on that stuff every day in practice, but sometimes they just don't go in," Bulldogs Coach Bruce Parkovich said. "It was just one of those things that after a while, when you keep missing those easy ones, you can only hold on so long on defense."
On the other hand, Olivotti credited his defense's role in the low-scoring affair for Peshtigo, saying, "Our kids just stepped up defensively and it was great to see."
Emma Frederickson led all scorers with 17, while Shae Tonn had 12 and Madi Martin got eight. Hannah Swanson contributed three, while Lexi DeBriyn and Sidney Gullicksen each added two.
All of Peshtigo's scorers in the game besides Gullicksen are graduating in May, so there will be a lot of turnover on the court for the Bulldogs, who surprised Parkovich on the defensive end.
"I said to the seniors that it was just the opposite of what I thought when I came in," Parkovich said. "I thought they could shoot and we could score points and it was going to be tough on defense. We didn't struggle. We played really good defense all year and we struggled shooting at times. It catches up to you sometimes."
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