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2019-20 Girls Basketball Season Gets Underway
Issue Date: November 21, 2019
Peshtigo Takes Hard Loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood in Opener
The Peshtigo Bulldog girls joined a few of our area teams Tuesday night in playing out their basketball season openers as the Bulldogs of Peshtigo were unable to overcome a tough second half effort by the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls who came away with the win 45-26.
"We had a stretch there where we just couldn't score," said Peshtigo head Coach Bruce Parkovich. "I think there was like nine minutes there where we went scoreless. If it takes your team that long to score its going to be hard to win. For the first time since I've been here we dont have the player that can put up 15 points a game every game.Maybe the next game we might see someone take over."
The W-B girls were able to work their way to a sizable lead in the first half, outpacing there Bulldogs by two steps the whole way for the 24-12 lead at the intermission.
"Our biggest problem tonight was we turned the ball over too much," said Parkovich. "We had quite a few tonight. We just need to cut those down. I though the girls were just a bit nervous tonight, I think once we get going it will be different."
Peshtigo picked up a tiny bit of slack over the second half, improving their first half numbers by two points.
"We really stressed defense going into tonights match up", said Wittenberg-Brinamwood head coach Nick Mechelke. "We pretty much had them held at 20 points. We missed a lot of onies, about 30 of them. When you get those opportunities you can't let them slip by. I know its the first game and the girls are shaking off the rust. They will play and find themselves. But in the future we need to put games away. I have to give them credit, they played to the end.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood was led by Olivia Curley with 10 points for top scoring honors. Teammate Rogowski posted seven points while Fraaza added on nine.
Peshtigo was led by Sydney Lund with six points and Emma Gilligan with five.
"I know this team will do well," said Parkovich. "We have some great athletes, I call Sydney Lund and Emma Gilligan my energizer bunnies. they come off evey play fast and never look tired. We just have to battle other teams size which we just dont have this year."
Niagara Girls Start Basketball Season With Win
The Niagara Badger girls basketball squad took a season opening win last Tuesday evening in Florence to open this years girls basketball season. And the Badgers were ready for the challenge as they came away from Florence with a nice 58-39 win for the 1-0 start.
Niagara doubled up on the scoreboard over the first half, sending the Florence Bobcats to the locker room during intermission behind 33-15.
The Bobcats got things going in the second half as they nearly overcame the Badgers second half scoring total but still found themselves behind 25-24 in the half's scoring.
By games end the Bobcats saw Jenna Spinger lead the way in scoring for the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. She also had six steals. Teammate Haley Behrmann posted seven points while Jordan Springer followed up with six points.
The Badgers were led by the evenings top scorer Jessica Oratch who battled her way to a game leading 16 points. Jasmine Racine posted 11 points while Alyassa Cretton added up six on the night.
STAA Falls in Season Opener Against Stockbridge
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers opened their 2019-2020 season Tuesday night with a match against Stockbridge who came away as the nights eventual winners 51-41.
The ten point loss was hard fought by the St. Thomas girls who found themselves behind by eight at the half 30-22.
Leading the Stockbridge effort was Maddie LeGault who had a game leading 24 points while teammate Katelin Kramp added on 10 points. Lauren Ruppenthal posted seven on the night.
STAA was led by Halle Baranek with 15 points. Addison Pristelski posted nine while Livia Benson got five points.