Fox Valley Lutheran 37, Xavier 29
At Appleton, Abby Radue’s sent the game into overtime for Fox Valley Lutheran and the Foxes outscored the Hawks 8-0 in the extra period to get the victory in a battle of two teams ranked in the top 10 in Division 3.
“Radue hit that three-pointer with just under a minute to go,” Fox Valley Lutheran coach Dave Wenzel said. “I was actually looking for the referee to call a timeout when she hit the three-pointer, so I’m glad I didn’t get to him.”
The two conference rivals battled each other throughout, with the Hawks defense giving the No. 10-ranked Foxes fits.
“It was a very physical game with a lot of intensity,” Wenzel said. “It was also sloppy. We had 31 turnovers and I don’t know if we’ve ever won a game where we had 31 turnovers.
“Xavier’s pressure was relentless. I was really impressed with our kids for how they handled and kept their composure.”
Xavier took a bit of momentum heading into the fourth quarter after the Hawks converted on a conventional three-point play to take the slim 21-18 lead.
“They ran a nice play and got the layup and we fouled the girl with .8 seconds left,” Wenzel said. “We were down by three at that point and I was thinking that this could be tough.”
Fox Valley Lutheran scored all eight of its points from the free-throw line in the overtime and the Foxes were 10-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter and overtime. Grace Schultz had 13 points to lead the Foxes (5-0, 4-0), who also got eight points from Radue and Abby Huntington.
Fifth-ranked Xavier (5-1, 3-1) was paced by Peyton Ufi’s 10 points.
“We knew this was a huge game,” Wenzel said. “Xavier’s at the top of the conference, so this was a big win for us. We know that we have to go to their place later in the season. They’re so athletic defensively. My assistant coach said yesterday that the first team to 30 points tonight will win and he nailed it.”
Xavier: Conley 6, Kersten 6, Garvey 2, Machurick 5, Ufi 10. Totals 10 7-13 29. Three-pointers: Kersten. Fouls 18. Fouled out: Kersten
Fox Valley Lutheran: Radue 8, Blob 2, Schultz 13, Hammer 2, Dorchester 4, Huntington 8. Totals 11 13-15 37. Three-pointers: Radue, Schultz. Fouls 14.
Winneconne 51, Waupaca 44
At Winneconne, Jessica Woods hit two of her three-pointers in third quarter and Santana Herbst hit a three to put lead in double digits as the Wolves roared out of halftime with a 20-12 third period.
Abbly Luebtke led Winneconne with 12 points and Woods and M.J. Behm each finished with 11.
Mikaila Johnson had 14 points for Waupaca.
Waupaca: Brooks 1, Johnson 14, Littrel 9, Patzke 4, Schmidt 9, Smith 2, Waitrovich 5. Totals 15 9-17 44. Fouls 15.
Winneconne: Behm 11, Herbst 3, Horn 2, Luebtke 12, Swanlund 4, Van Dam 8, Woods 11. Totals 15 17-26 51. Fouls 18.
3-Point Goals: Waupaca 5 (Johnson 2, Littrel 1, Schmidt 2), Winneconne 4 (Herbst 1, Woods 3).
Little Chute 42, Clintonville 24
At Little Chute, the Mustangs used a good half-court man-to-man defense to bottle up the Truckers.
Elle Van Lankveldt and Claire Vanden Heuvel were key to the defensive effort as the duo combined to shut down Clintonville’s point guard.
Abbie Botz led the Mustangs on offense, finishing with a game-high 20 points, including 13 in the first half. Botz took advantage of Clintonville’s use of a 1-3-1 zone by making four three-point baskets.
Clintonville: Betz 4, Carpenter 6, Hagberg 1, Johnson 2, Shepard 1, Sorenson 4, Voigt 6. Fouls 7.
Little Chute: Botz 20, Dercks 4, Joosten 4, Lenoble 8, Reynebeau 4, Schepp 2. Fouls 21.
3-Point Goals: Little Chute 4 (Botz 4).
— Post-Crescent Media