After the performance she turned in Thursday night, Haley Kolbeck might want to petition her coach to have every Stevens Point Area Senior High home basketball game played in the Quandt Fieldhouse.
She certainly made herself right at home at the 41st annual Sentry Classic.
Kolbeck recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to power the Panthers to a 51-26 victory over Hortonville in an girls National Division matchup.
“I’m really, really happy and proud of Haley. She is a capable scorer and it helps the team a lot when she can do that,” SPASH coach Dave Hauser said. “I think a lot of her points were second chance baskets.”
Kolbeck played a major role in helping the Panthers get off to a tremendous start, scoring eight of her 12 points in the opening half.
Even more importantly, the senior forward was a demon on the backboards, enabling SPASH, which hauled down 24 rebounds in the opening half, to limit the Polar Bears to one shot.
And that was crucial considering most of Hortonville’s shots weren’t finding the bottom of the basket with any regularity.
After missing their first 13 field goal attempts, the Polar Bears finally collected their first basket with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 7-2.
A 13-2 run over the first and second quarters pushed the Panthers’ lead to 20-4, turning a competitive game into one that had the makings of a rout. The advantage would balloon to 32-10 by halftime.
“We came into the game wanting to come out with a bang. They made a little run at us, but we stuck it to them a little bit going into halftime,” Kolbeck said. “It’s easy to come out of halftime and relax, but we wanted to work just as hard as we did in the first half.”
The Panthers made sure there would be no letdown by hitting 4 of 5 shots from the field to open the third quarter and building a 42-16 advantage entering the final quarter.
Heather Woyak added a team-high 14 points for SPASH.
Maddie Dunathan came off the bench to score 14 points for the Polar Bears.
Hortonville (26): Katie Sullivan 2, Caitlin Hoerning 4, Brie Lippert 4, Maddie Dunathan 14, Kathy Derks 2.
SPASH (51): Haley Kolbeck 12, Heather Woyak 14, McKenzie Taggatz 6, Nicki Hauser 4, Taylor Smola 9, Bryana Reisenauer 2, Savannah Soik 3, Makenzie Eckrote 1.
3-pointers: Hortonville 1 (Dunathan), SPASH 5 (Taggatz 2, Woyak 2, Soik).
Records: SPASH 6-2; Hortonville 2-4.
Alyssa Fischer led four players in double figures with 15 points and the Ships built a commanding 31-10 lead at halftime to cruise t the easy win over the Hodags.
Shawny Gabriel added 14 points, while Kali Hackmann and Katherine Wolowicz finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Rhinelander was paced by Sydnei Smith with nine points.
Rhinelander (27): Sydnei Smith 9, Emily Fortier 7, Molly Williging 3, Mara Meyer 2, Brianna Gilbert 6.
Manitowoc (68): Shawny Gabriel 14, Alyssa Fischer 15, Katherine Wolowicz 11, Meg Wolowicz 6, Hailee Kotche 2, Alyssa Grotegut 1, Kali Hackmann 13, Michaela Jagemann 6.
Records: Manitowoc 6-1; Rhinelander 1-7.