THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Crandon Falls to Top Seeded Aquinas In State Opener
Issue Date: March 16, 2018
The Crandon Cardinal girls basketball team, which went 22-3 this season battled their way up the ranks of the WIAA post season trail to find themselves on the big stage at the State Tournament.
Facing an extremely tough opponent in La-Crosse Aquinas, who touted a 27-0 record going into the matchup, the Cardinals would have to be nearly flawless. Unfortunately that wasn't what played out on the hardwood of the Resch center in Green Bay.
"We knew what we were going to be up against," Crandon coach Keegan Kincaid siad. "We'd seen them on film, but seeing it versus being on the court with them, was different."
After all was said and done and the dust settled the Aquinas girls had advanced to the next round with a 75-38 final verdict.
Aquinas would eventually go on to become this years State Champion.
The closest the Crandon girls would get to the lead occurred in the first half, seven minutes in when Crandon's Alexa Neilitz hit a three pointer to make it 8-6 in favor of the Aquinas girls.
Then Aquinas went wild, pushing the score to 23-8 with nine minutes left in the first half.
Crandon saw a little push begining in the final seven minutes of the half when Leah Palubicki hit a three pointer followed by another layup by the hard fighting Cardinals to make it 25-14.
At the half Aquinas controlled the scoreboard with a 43-19 readout.
Around the 14 minute mark of the second half Crandon got the scoring machine started with a jumper by Sarah Kalkofen and a short while later a free throw point by Lindsey Littleton for a 57-22 readout.
Crandon's Neilitz finished up the season's scoring for the Cardinals with a layup with with two minutes left in the game for the final readout of 38 for her Cardinals.
Topping the charts for the Crandon girls was Neilitz with 12 points. She also had two rebounds and three steals. Tabitha Renkas posted seven points while getting six rebounds and one steal while Micasslyn Crawford added six to the total along with her four rebounds.
Aquinas got plenty of points from their starting five. In fact they all made double digits. Leading all scorers were Lexi Donarski and Taylor Theusch who both posted 13 points.
"We know she can shoot like that," siad Aquinas coach Dave Donarski. "It feels like she shoots 90 percent in practice too."
Theusch went on to comment. "You just have to be ready. All of us have to be ready for the chance like that. It could be any of us on any night."
Madessa Collins and Kyah Steiner who both posted 12. Courtney Becker got 10 on the night.