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Lady Bucs Earn Hardwood Split; Men Fall Twice

Behind 20 points and six rebounds from last season's Wisconsin Collegiate Conference player of the year Linsey Krajewski and another 19 points, nine boards, three assists and a pair of steals from freshman Shannen Ganter, formerly of Peshtigo High, the UW-Marinette Buccaneers picked up a 70-59 victory over UW Manitowoc Wednesday night at the Max E . Peterson Fieldhouse.

The two teams were neck and neck as they settled in for the second half of play before the Marinette gang caught fire for a string of plays that put the game away. Gloriann Waube and Autam Wery hit for quick buckets before Jessa Belland drained a jump shot to give the home squad a 49-43 advantage on the scoreboard. A couple of baskets from Krajewski and another from Ganter followed and the Lady Bucs stretched their lead to nine. A long shot from beyond the arc by Paige Vincent with 1:18 left on the clock put Marinette up by 10 and the game out of reach.

Vincent was perfect from three-point land, connecting on all three of her attempts while Belland tallied seven points, four rebounds and three steals in the game.

Lady Bucs Bumped By Waukesha 89-59

A game high 29 points from Lindsey Krajewski wasn't enough to get the win Saturday in Waukesha as the UW-Marinette ladies got trounced by the Cougars 89-59.

The Waukesha crew used a very efficient full court press to torment the Lady Bucs into 41 turnovers for the contest, resulting in 49 points.

Shannen Ganter chipped in six points to go along with the strong individual offensive performance from Krajewski.

Bucs Burned By Blue Devils 101-67

The UW-Marinette men ran into some tough competition on their home hardwood Wednesday as the Manitowoc Blue Devils, second best team in the state from a year ago, overwhelmed the Bucs for a 101-67 victory.

It was a rough start to the game for the Bucs, one that saw the Blue Devils apply full-court pressure at almost every opportunity. The Bucs weren't able to solve the press and the result was 15 turnovers by intermission.

Things did not improve in the second half for the home team as their defense began to tire, allowing the up tempo Blue Devils to push their lead to 15 points after just four minutes of second-half action, never to be threatened again.

UW Marinette's Casey Wilson put together a nice effort in the defeat, scoring 20 points off a nice nine-for-13 shooting performance to go along with 11 rebounds for the double double. Jonte Wells turned in 18 points, two assists and a pair of steals.

"It was a very poor second half," said UW Marinette head coach George Hayes, whose team shot only 48% from the charity stripe on the night. "Our plan was to go inside but we did not do that as often as we should have. Casey Wilson had a very strong game inside where Manitowoc had trouble matching up with him."

Bucs Stumped By Waukesha

The Marinette cagers would probably rather forget all about last Saturday's trip to Waukesha.

After Bucs' freshman guard Shaqell Mullin scored the game's opening bucket 15 seconds into the action, the Cougars went on to score the game's next 38 points before Marinette got back onto the scoreboard. The result was a 95-57 drubbing that will no doubt have a profound impact on how the team practiced this week.

"No team is going to win a game shooting the way we did in the opening half," said Bucs boss George Hayes. "We only took five three-point shots and nearly all of our other shots were in the paint. We did a terrible job rebounding and playing transition basketball. We did not crash the boards on the offensive end but still got beat off the fast break. We were playing such poor man-to-man defense that we had to switch to a zone in the second half."

Casey Wilson led the Bucs with 16 points and five boards while Jonte Wells had 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and a pair of steals. Devonte Coe turned in 13 points in the loss.

"We have plenty of things to work on in practice this week but it will be all defense and shooting as we prepare for our next game," Hayes said. "I know our guys want to be successful and they are working hard in practice. We just have to make it transfer to the game setting."


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