After rallying from an early seven-point hole, the Stevens Point Area Senior High girls basketball team appeared on the verge of taking a lead into halftime.
But as fast as their offense heated up, it cooled off while Green Bay Southwest went on a run to end the half and were able to hold off a late SPASH push to earn a 46-42 victory Thursday night in the 42nd annual Sentry Classic at Quandt Field House in Girls American Division play.
The Panthers will play Hortonville today at 5:15 pm. Hortonville dropped their opening contest to DeForest by a 63-29 margin.
“We seem to have a hard time scoring in bunches,” SPASH coach Derek Kirklewski said. “It is also hard for us to overcome it when a team goes on a run on us.”
In the first quarter, the Trojans took a 9-2 lead, but as the frame wore on, the Panthers were able to close the gap and only trail 12-8 heading into the second quarter.
SPASH was able to capture it’s only lead when Brooke Brandt sank one of SPASH’s six 3-pointers for a 19-16 lead with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left in the half, but after that it was all Green Bay.
The Trojans closed the half on a 10-1 run and took a 26-20 lead into the locker room.
“I am real happy with the effort of the girls to get us back in the game,” Kirklewski said. “It really showed me what I wanted to see out of them.”
Neither team was able to establish a flow in the third quarter, combining for just 10 points, but in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were able to create distance from SPASH at the free throw line.
SPASH was able to cut the deficit to three points with less than a minute to play, but the Trojans were able to ice the game in the closing seconds from the line.
Southwest was paced by Natisha Hiedeman and Samm Pederson with 14 and 12 points, respectively with both netting five points in the fourth quarter.
SPASH was led by Sarah Warner and Abby Bohanski who finished with 10 and 12 points.
“We play a very tough schedule and it is starting to show,” Kirklewski said. “The girl’s effort is there and they are all competing out there, and that is all you can ask for.”
Leading scorers: GBSW, Natisha Hiedeman 14, Samm Pederson 12, Angela Steffens 6, Kayla Niccum 6, Katelyn Rolefson 4, Leah Bohlman 2, Nicole Kahnk 2. SPASH, Abby Bohanski 12, Sarah Warner 10, Brooke Brandt 8, Savannah Soik 6, MaKenzie Eckrote 2, Lauren Gerads 2, Sydney Neale 2. 3-pointers: GBSW, 2 (Pederson, Hiedeman); SPASH, 6 (Bohanski 2, Soik 2, Brandt 2).
Records: Green Bay Southwest 6-1, Stevens Point 1-7.