Prep girls basketball: Everest rallies from early deficit to down Marshfield

Prep girls basketball: Everest rallies from early deficit to down Marshfield

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Prep girls basketball: Everest rallies from early deficit to down Marshfield

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The Marshfield and D.C. Everest girls basketball teams both featured balanced offensive attacks Tuesday night in their Wisconsin Valley Conference early season matchup.

In the end, the balance sheet tipped more heavily in favor of the unbeaten Evergreens, who tallied a 58-45 victory over Tigers at the Everest Fieldhouse.

The win improved Everest’s record to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Valley. Marshfield fell to 1-1 in the conference and 1-4 overall.

“It was a really good win for us,” Everest coach Matt Bullis said. “Whoever wins our conference is going to have a few losses in my opinion. So it’s important to win these games. There are several teams that are pretty equal in the conference. You can’t drop one at home and you’ve got to hope to win some on the road.”

The Tigers had hopes of picking up a road win early against the Evergreens, jumping out to a 14-6 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Everest, however, responded with a 23-7 run to go up by eight with less than a minute to go in the first half.

“They got off to a great start and I was proud of the way we responded,” Bullis said. “The girls did a really good job of fighting back.”

The Tigers still had some fight left in them, cutting the lead to just two points early in the third quarter before Everest put together a 12-2 rally for its first double-digit lead of the game.

Junior Haley Kroll sparked the rally, scoring eight of her game-high 15 points during the run, including two 3-pointers.

“Haley Kroll is a very capable scorer,” Bullis said. “She scored the first eight or 10 against Wausau East and can put the ball in the basket.”

Marshfield would draw as close as seven points early in the fourth quarter and only trailed by eight after a 3-pointer by McKayla Scheuer with 1:32 left. But the Evergreens would score the final five points of the game on free throws to pull away.

“We expected a dogfight because Marshfield has got a great team and Heidi (Michaelis) is a great coach,” Bullis said. “It was an important early conference game and we didn’t want to lose at home.”

After a rugged nonconference schedule, the Tigers are just trying to find a winning formula.

“I think right now, we are just struggling to find our identity and if it’s not going to be a defensive one, it’s going to be a long year,” Michaelis said. “We need to decide to get better on the defensive end because we really can’t score enough points right now to beat most teams.”

The Tigers had decent balance with Ellie Fehrenbach finishing with 11 points, Caitlin Michaelis 10, Scheuer nine and Darian Molter seven.

But it wasn’t enough to match the balanced attack of the Evergreens, who got 14 points from Taylor Hodell, 11 from Hannah Tipple and eight from Makayla Pagel to go with Kroll’s 15.

“I told the kids after the game that I was really proud of them for that,” Bullis said. “Any time we can get that balanced scoring, it’s going to be tough to beat us.

“Hannah Tipple had a great game offensively and defensively. She is probably our best on-the-ball defender. She gives up a little bit in height, but she’s smart and did a nice job on Caitlin, I thought.”

Hodell also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Evergreens while Michaelis had nine to lead Marshfield.

Both teams took 40 shots from the field, but the Evergreens shot 50 percent for the game while Marshfield shot 40 percent.

“I thought they were efficient at the offensive end,” Michaelis said of the Evergreens. “Their shots were cleaner than ours and we are struggling to get open. That is something we need to figure out and try to correct.”

Marshfield 17 8 8 12 45
Everest 15 14 14 15 58

Leading scorers: Marshfield, McKayla Scheuer 9, Caitlin Michaelis 10, Darian Molter 7, Natalie Zuelke 4, Ellie Kummer 4, Ellie Fehrenbach 11; Everest, Hannah Tipple 11, Haley Kroll 15, Kelsey Gilmore 2, Mali Theiss 3, Emily Bauman 3, Mackenzie Mathies 2, Makayla Pagel 8, Taylor Hodell 14.

Free throws: Marshfield 7-16; Everest 13-21. 3-point field goals: Marshfield 6 (Scheuer 2, Michaelis 2, Molter, Kummer); Everest 5 (Kroll 3, Tipple, Bauman).

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