Bluejays stun West with furious late comeback

Bluejays stun West with furious late comeback

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Bluejays stun West with furious late comeback

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MERRILL – Things looked bleak for the Merrill girls basketball team on Friday night, trailing Wisconsin Valley Conference foe Wausau West by double digits entering the fourth quarter.

But, Renee Sladek and Dawn Leland ignited a furious Bluejays comeback combining for 16 points — eight each — in the fourth quarter as Merrill earned a shocking 59-54 conference victory over West.

Merrill trailed by as many as 12 at 41-29 midway through the fourth quarter and trailed 45-35 entering the fourth quarter, but Sladek and Leland took over. Sladek finished with 27 points in the game, including 16 in the second half.

“The girls never gave up and played their hearts out,” Merrill coach Melissa Yuska said. “They are a nice team so this is a very nice comeback for us.

“Its early (in the season), but from the get-go we felt all the teams are competitive in the Valley. Every night is going to be a battle and tonight was a battle. The girls never quit, we got down by 12 and we took control of the game and converted when we needed too. It was a really big win for us.”

Jasmin Samz scored 22 to lead West and Katy Cihlar added 13.

Wausau West 20 9 16 9 54
Merrill 16 9 10 24 59

WAUSAU WEST (54): Kohlbeck 6, Wiskoski 2, Abby Brown 2, Jasmin Samz 22, Katy Cihlar 13, Caity Coleman 7, Elle Hrdina 2.

MERRILL (59): Dawn Leland 12, Moriah Terin 5, Anna Finnel 2, Morgan Wilde 2, Lindsay Krueger 2, Reegan Byer 5, Brianna LaMonica 4, Renee Sladek 27.

3-pointers: WW 2, (Samz 2); Merrill 3, (Leland 3).

Records: Merrill 5-1, 2-0 WVC; West 4-2, 2-1 WVC.

Northland Luth. 55, Pittsville 47

KRONENWETTER – Jenna Terek and Morgan Thums scored 16 points apiece and Brittanie Boeck chipped in 14 points and six steals as the Wildcats used a 16-3 second quarter to down the Panthers.

“We started out sluggish, but the second quarter we picked it up on both ends of the court,” Northland Lutheran coach Jerry Worden said. “We continued that in the third quarter and that carried us through.”

Pittsville 12 3 13 19 47
Northland Luth. 8 16 18 13 55

PITTSVILLE (47): Tasha Vogel 13, Jenna Hughes 3, Sarah Schmitt 14, Marissa Ortner 14, Teri Beckman 3.

NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (55): Brittanie Boeck 14, Ashlee Colby 3, Savannah Jepeson 2, Morgan Thums 16, Jenna Terek 16, Ellen Smith 4.

3-pointers: Pittsville (Vogel 2); NL (Colby).

Records: Pittsville 0-7, 0-4 Marawood-South; Northland 3-3, 1-3 Marawood-South.

Witt-Birn 74, Shiocton 31

SHIOCTON – Monica Verkuilen knocked five 3-pointers on her way to 26 points as the Chargers raced to an easy victory over Shiocton.

Witt-Birn led 45-6 at halftime.

Micah Nier added 11 points for the Chargers and Savannah Vera had 10.

Witt-Birn 21 24 14 15 74
Shiocton 2 4 15 10 31

WITT-BIRN (74): Monica Verkuilen 26, Micah Nier 11, Savannah Vera 10, Megan School 8, Taylor Bushman 6, Mikayla Hartman 5, Erica White Eagle 2, Siri Zeinert 2, Kaitlyn Mahan 2, Mikayla King 1, Erika Alwes 1.

SHIOCTON (31): Jonalee Elliott 12, Erin Schroth 6, Brittany Schmidt 5, Corrie McCarty 3, Carmen McCarty 2, Haylee Conradt 2, Hannah Guyette 1.

3-pointers: Witt-Birn 5 (Verkuilen 5); Shiocton 2 (Schmidt, Co. McCarty).

Marathon 33, Auburndale 32

AUBURNDALE – The Raiders squeaked out a Marawood Conference South Division win in a defensive battle.

Brooke Seubert and Natasha Hanke each score eight points to lead Marathon.

Nicole Nikolay scored 13 to lead Auburndale.

Marathon 11 11 4 7 33
Auburndale 7 11 3 11 32

MARATHON (33): Andrea Wirkus 2, Morgan Wirkus 5, Brooke Seubert 8, Brianna Wirkus 5, Natasha Hanke 8, Emily Kind 3, Tori Blume 2.

AUBURNDALE (32): Kendra Kundinger 6, Stefani Karl 4, Mikayla Jankowski 1, Becky Willfahrt 2, Nicole Nikolay 13, Shannon Yonnke 5, Kayla Gotz 1.

3-pointers: Marathon none; Auburndale 2 (Kundinger 2).

Newman 56,
Edgar 51

EDGAR – Christina Grunow scored 15 and Kimberly Steif had 13 to lead Newman as it held off Edgar in a Cloverbelt East battle.

Chloe Chapman also hit double figures with 10 points for the Cardinals.

Holly Denfeld led all scorers with 21 for the Wildcats. She also pulled in 15 rebounds.

Newman 15 18 12 11 56
Edgar 12 17 11 11 51

NEWMAN (56): Brianna Jankowski 4, Kimberly Steif 13, Chloe Chapman 10, Lauren LaPree 4, Abby Connolly 5, Christina Grunow 15, Anna McCarty 5.

EDGAR (51): Kira Dittman 5, Kailey Stencil 6, Lizzie Pospyhalla 6, Kaylee Karlen 1, Holly Denfeld 21, Elizabeth Tess 2, Brenna Martyn 4, Sydney Holbach 6.

3-pointer: Newman 5 (Steif 2, Jankowski, Connolly, Grunow); Edgar none.

Medford 50, Mosinee 34

MEDFORD – The Raiders overpowered the Bluejays thanks to Katie Messman’s 15 points. Shealyn Strebig also chipped in with 12 for the Raiders. Julie Kijak was the top scoreer for Mosinee with nine points in her team’s loss.

Mosinee 9 8 8 9 34
Medford 17 10 13 10 50

Mosinee(34): Krueger 1, Beste 3, Dulak 5, Liz Zuelke 6, Hill 2, Kijak 9, Freundl 6.

Medford(50): Wibben 2, Strebig 12, Messman 15, Bergman 8, Stolp 1, Christenson 8, J. Stolt 4.

3 Pointers: Mosinee(1): Beste. Medford(4): Messman 2, Bergman 2.

Wis.Valley Luth. 58, Rib Lake 46

MOSINEE – Nicholas Lilienthal led a balanced Wolves attack past Rib Lake in a nonconference game.

Danny Yu added 11 points for WVL and Caleb Danner chipped in 10.

“Great second quarter and strong first half,” WVL coach Werner Gross said. “We defended and were very active with our defense.”

Rib Lake 2 13 7 24 46
WVL 12 21 8 17 58

RIB LAKE (46): Quentin Edelburg 8, Jordan Karde 14, Joe Frombach 12, Austin Ewan 2, Tre Olson 1, Jared Hovde 3, Jordan Blomberg 6.

WISCONSIN VALLEY LUTHERAN (58): Branson Witucki 3, Nicholas Lilienthal 16, Caleb Danner 10, Justin Witucki 6, Danny Yu 11, David Marshall 2, Bryson Wendt 2, Dex DePasse 8.

3-pointers: RL, (Edelburg 2, Cardy 3); WVL (B. Witucki).

Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 5-1.

Wausau East 56, Lakeland 52

Cole Nelson came out hot in the second half and Bryce Taylor capitalized on a four-point play to help lead the Lumberjacks to a comeback nonconference win.

Nelson knocked down all three of his 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 14 points. Taylor finished with six points.

Conrad Felten added in 10 for East.

Lakeland 14 14 9 15 52
East 11 9 14 22 56

LAKELAND (52): Dylan Lerdal 17, Matt Hartzheim 7, Brad Holcombe 2, Bryon Andrews 12, Thomas Bruckner 12, Jacob Gibson 2.

EAST (56): Dylan Hamlin 6, Bryce Taylor 6, Travis Waldvogel 6, Cole Nelson 14, Justin Strom 9, Jaden Rutkowski 5, Conrad Felten 10.

3-pointers: Lakeland 4 (Lerdal 3, Hartsheim); East 5 (Taylor, Nelson 3, Rutkowski).

Records: East 3-5; Lakeland 2-3

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