West De Pere and Xavier take Bay Conference lead.
Xavier 57, Shawano 53
Shawano had four players reach double digits, but it wasn’t enough to catch Xavier in a 57-53 battle of the Hawks. Shawano took an early lead, but Xavier chipped away throughout the first half to take the lead.
Xavier went on a 10-2 run to close out the first half. In the second half, the game reamined close, but Xavier answered Shawano baskets with baskets of their own. Sarah Dombrowski and Karley Weycker combined for 24 points in the paint. Xavier was led by Bekah Vande Hey with 19.
The Xavier Hawks offered a zone that Coach Ryan Koening said they had trouble attacking. “We will get better at attcking that zone, but we have also not worked on pressing very much this year and we were forced to do that. Koenig added that the team was in a new situation Tuesday.
“We are a very young team and it was our first game at home” said Koenig. “I am not disappointed in them at all. It is a learning process and we have a lot of potential and we have to put it together quick.”
Shawano was led by Sophomore Hailey Buschman who had 13 points, Tori DePerry added 10, Carrie Young scored 10 and Brandi Gueths had 12 for the Shawano Hawks. Coach Koening said the team will look to bounce back quick.
“If you don’t learn from it, the loss does not help” said Koening. “If we can get better from it, then it is a great loss.”
West De Pere 54, Seymour 24
Two teams that hope to contend for the conference title in the Bay squared off Tuesday night. The Seymour Thunder traveled to West De Pere to challenge the defending conference champions, but the Phantoms proved why they’re the team to beat after walking away 55-24 winners. Seymour coach Bobby Kuchta said entering the season this would be the team to beat in they want to achieve their goals of a conference championship, but he’s hopeful they will learn from this outcome.
“To beat a team like this, everybody has to come and show up, be prepared, and it kind of just showed where we’re at,” Kuchta said. “We’ve got to be more patient on offense. We have to be better defensively, better in transition, overall we just need to keep working in practice and get better at a lot of little things.”
Only three Seymour players found the scoring column. Brooke Veldt led the way with 14 points, Hailey Oskey was limited to just six, and Raven VandenLangenberg scored four. Taking Oskey out of her comfort zone was a priority for West De Pere, and head coach Ashley Anthon said she had some players ready for the challenge.
“I think we have a couple players on our team who take a lot of pride in playing defense and kind of rose to the occasion of playing a UW-GB recruit who scores a lot and is just a really, really good all around player,” said Anthon about preparing for Hailey Oskey. “We challenged a couple people in practice this week to see if they were going to step up and I was really happy with the people that matched up on her just played with a passion for defense today, and I think that showed on the floor.”
Brehna Evans was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. She said it was the intensity that the Phantoms brought, that allowed them to take Seymour out of the game early.
“We worked really good together,” said Evans of her team’s performance. “We were really prepared coming into the game and we had really high intensity to start. I think we stunned them with how intense we were.”
Reigning conference player of the year Liz Edinger added 11 points for West De Pere, who remains a perfect 5-0 on the season. Seymour drops to 3-2 and 1-1 in the Bay. The Thunder are back in action on Friday when they take on Green Bay East.
New London 77, Green Bay West 36
Leah Porath paved the way for the Bulldog vicotry with 24 points. West was led by Teaja Morrow, who registered 15. New London picked up their first conference win and move to 1-1 in the Bay.
Menasha 49, Green Bay East 30
Alex Yost had 16 points for Menasha, who picked up their first win of the season. Green Bay East was led by Ariel Malvitz’s nine points.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN CONFERENCE 10
Bowler 55, Almond-Bancroft 29
Menominee Indian 56, Tigerton 51 (OT)
It was a second half comeback to help Menominee Indian take down Tigerton. They trailed 23-15 at the break, but came out ahead behind Kendra Webster’s 20-point effort. Tenille Lyons had 18 points for the Eagles. They had four 3-pointers a piece.
Wild Rose 71, Gresham 27
Tri-County 44, Port Edwards 42
Amber Baehman had 14 points to lead Tri-County to victory in a back-and-forth matchup. Jade Martin had 15 points to lead Port Edwards.
Wrightstown 60, Little Chute 56 (OT)
Wrightstown was able to force 30 Little Chut turnovers, which helped them remain perfect on the season. The Tigers move to 3-0 in the North Eastern and 5-0 overall. Wrightstown used a 7-0 run in the game’s extra period to capture the victory. Danielle Nennig was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points for Wrightstown, no other Tiger reached double-digits. Little Chute’s leader was Tess Keyzers, who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Hannah Vandenberg and Kendra Schumacher added 15 points, respectively.
Denmark 71, Clintonville 26
Jayden Laurent tallied 15 points, seven boards, and five steals to help Denmark breeze by the Truckers. Lakin Derricks had the game’s high of 16 points and Melany Lorge led Clintonville with 11.
Luxemburg-Casco 65, Fox Valley Lutheran 63 (OT)
The Spartans had four players reach double figures to help them pull off the overtime victory. Cassie Schiltz tied a game-high 25 points, Jenna Jorgensen had 12, Mary Cravillion scored 11, and Alexis Dorner chipped in 10. Jenna Bruss scored 25 points for the Foxes.
Freedom 74, Marinette 34
Makenna Haase turned in a double-double, with 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Irish past Marinette. Jada Helms added 17 points for Freedom. Freedom scored 51 points in the first half. Marinette was led in scoring by Mckenzie Bebo, who had 14 points.
Waupaca 43, Oconto Falls 38
Vicoria Nowak had an impressive night on the glass, pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds. She also had 16 points to lead Waupaca over Oconto Falls.
FOX RIVER CLASSIC CONFERENCE
Ashwaubenon 71, Sheboygan South 27
Four players reached double-digit scoring totals, but it was Hayden Kupsh’s 15 points to lead Ashwaubenon, who led by 30 at the break. South remains winless on the season, while Ashwaubenon moved to a 2-0 FRCC record.
De Pere 75, Manitowoc Lincoln 30
The Redbirds were in control early, staking themselves to a 42-16 halftime lead. Olivia DeCleene scored a game-high 15 points to help De Pere improve to 5-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in the conference.
Green Bay Southwest 51, Green Bay Preble 26
Kiara Thomas scored 13 points, while knocking down three 3-pointers for the Trojans, who powered their way past Green Bay Preble. Amber Bouche also added 12 points and Jaddan Simmons chipped in 10. Preble falls to 0-2 in the FRCC, as they were led by Brynne Luther’s eight points.
Sheboygan North 80, Pulaski 71
Despite Madi Winter’s 22-point performance, the Red Raiders fell to the Golden Raiders in a close battle. Winter scored 15 of her 22 points from beyond the arch, but Sheboygan North would counter with Meredith Opie, who had a game high 32 ponts to help North remain perfect on the year.
MARINETTE AND OCONTO CONFERENCE
Suring 44, Niagara 42
Oshkosh North 62, Stevens Point 37
North Fond Du Lac 44, Weyauwega-Fremont 29