Girls Basketball: Gillett falls to Bonduel on road

DeBauch, Schaal lead Tigers
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

BONDUEL — The Gillett High School girls basketball team battled until the final whistle, but was unable to overcome an early deficit in a nonconference loss to Bonduel on Tuesday. The hosting Bears won 56-44.

Gillett got off to a solid start when junior Aubrey DeBauch and senior Camryn Long each converted shots to put the team up 4-2. Bonduel answered with a couple 3-pointers and two other 2-point shots to grab a 12-4 lead and force a Tigers’ timeout.

Gillett played catch-up the rest of the game, threatening Bonduel’s lead several times, but never fully being able to overcome the deficit.

Bonduel didn’t have an answer for DeBauch many times in the opening 18 minutes of play. She scored 12 points and got to the free throw line six times in the first half.

After trailing by as many as nine points, the Tigers were able to cut the deficit down to four three separate times — after a DeBauch 3-point play, a pair of DeBauch free throws and a 3-point play from senior Sydney Young.

Bonduel took control by ending the half on an 11-1 run, hitting two of its eight first-half 3-pointers in the final minute to take a 37-23 lead into halftime.

Gillett coach Justin Daul was pleased with how competitive his team played in the contest. Daul credited Bonduel’s Kara Troxel for a strong shooting performance and said the two late 3-pointers made the halftime deficit a bit wider than how tight the first half actually was.

The hosts opened the second half on a 4-0 run to take an 18-point lead, but Gillett continued to fight. DeBauch converted another shot before junior Karissa Schaal hit a 3-pointer to make it a 13-point game.

The Tigers were unable to score over the next several minutes, but held Bonduel to just seven points over that stretch to stay within striking distance.

After Bonduel converted four free throws to go up 22, Schaal sparked a 7-0 run to give the Tigers life. Schaal hit a triple before converting another shot, and after a DeBauch basket, Gillett trailed by just 15.

Young hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 14 before free throws from DeBauch cut it to 12, but the Tigers eventually ran out of time.

“Keep your head high, don’t let something little affect how you play the rest of the game,” said Schaal on what the team learned from the loss. “When we get to another team which can shoot as well as Bonduel can, we need to know where the shooters are and play tight defense on them.”

Schaal scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half. DeBauch finished with a team-leading 18 points, while Young had eight.

Gillett will look to get back on the winning side when hosting Wabeno/Laona on Thursday.

Gillett 23 21 — 44

Bonduel 37 19 — 56

Bonduel (56): Allaina Robaidek 0-1 15, Kara Troxel 5-6 29, Josie Hoffman 3-4 8, Madison Kurey 1-2 3, Kylie Hoffman 1-2 1.

Gillett (44): Sydney Young 1-1 8, Aubrey DeBauch 6-9 18, Karissa Schaal 0-1 15, Ryann Wagner 0-1 0, Camryn Long 1-2 3.