GIRLS BASKETBALL: Several teams take part in holiday tournaments

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NEW Media Staff

Gresham

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah used a strong second half to storm back and beat Gresham at the Wildcats’ tournament, 50-47, on Dec. 30. Gresham led 28-24 at the half, but the visitors had a 26-19 second half, which was enough for the win.

Bonduel

Bonduel improved to 9-2 Dec. 29 after the Bears routed Wisconsin Rapids 60-35 in the Sentry Classic at UW-Stevens Point.

Gresham

The Wildcats had little trouble disposing of St. Thomas Aquinas on the opening day of Gresham’s holiday tournament Dec. 29. Gresham led 37-11 at the break and kept St. Thomas Aquinas to a single digit in the second half, 35-6, to earn the lopsided 72-18 win.

Madilyn Haffner scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Also, Jocelyn Cerveny had 15 points and Lexi Baddmoccosin-Barnes had 13.

Janay Pecore-Kirkland had nine rebounds, Haffner had five assists, and Cerveny had seven steals.

Lena

Lena maintained its perfect record with a 52-41 win over Auburndale on Dec. 29. Lena led 29-13 at the intermission. Auburndale’s 28-23 second half wasn’t enough for a comeback, as Lena improved to 11-0 overall.

Kali Fischer led with 15 points, while Eva Brooks and Madilyn Thomson each scored 12. Brooks led with nine rebounds, Thomson led with five assists, and Fischer and Whitney Potter each had four steals.

Oconto Falls

Oconto Falls rallied in the second half to claim a two-point victory over Oconto on Dec. 29.

Trailing 27-26 at halftime, the Panthers outscored their guests 20-17 in the second half to earn the 46-44 victory.

Menominee Indian

The Eagles lost both games Dec. 28 at a holiday tournament at Crandon, falling 52-46 to Wabeno/Laona.

Menominee Indian had a strong first half, leading 29-21 at the break. However, a stronger Wabeno/Laona second half, 31-17, helped the Rebels prevail for the win.

Bonduel

Bonduel celebrated Christmas a couple days later with a 52-41 win over Westfield at the Watertown Holiday Shootout on Dec. 27.

Trailing 29-17 at the half, the Bears awoke from an early hibernation to pummel Westfield 35-12 in the second half to earn the 12-point win.

Audrey Weier led the team with 13 points, followed by Hailey Zernicke with 12 and Hailee Thompson with 11. Elisa Hischke scored eight, while Tatum Sporisky and Juliana Jacobs each added four, as all six teammates scored.

Bonduel improved to 8-2 overall.

Menominee Indian

In the opening round of a tournament at Crandon, Menominee Indian lost 45-34 to their hosts Dec. 27.

The Eagles were outscored 29-20 in the first half and 16-14 in the second.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood

Wittenberg-Birnamwood improved to 10-1 overall with a 58-39 win over Oconto on Dec. 27.

Despite a slow start, the Chargers held a commanding 29-15 halftime lead and topped Oconto 29-24 in the second half.

“We got off to a slow start this afternoon; we just weren’t making good decisions with the ball,” coach Nick Mechelke said. “I was very pleased after a timeout was called by Oconto around the 5:30 mark we outscored them 12-1 to go up 14 at the half. I was very pleased how we played overall. We are starting to learn the game more and understanding situations better.”

Witt-Birn was led by Rory Salvesen with 18 points, Melaina Granquist with 16 and Faith Resch with 15. Resch’s points included a trio of 3-pointers.

Harper Rogowski had three assists, Granquist pulled down eight rebounds, and Salvesen had seven steals.