STEVENS POINT – Matt Heldt scored 24 points and Adam Pohlman chipped in 19 to lead the Neenah boys’ basketball team to a 63-44 victory over Stevens Point in a nonconference game on Tuesday.
Heldt, a 6-foot-10 junior forward/center, was a force in the paint for the Rockets, but it was Pohlman, a senior guard, who ran the show for Neenah in the battle of top-10 ranked teams in Division 1.
“They just really played well,” Stevens Point coach Scott Anderson said of Neenah. “I thought Pohlman and Heldt were outstanding and as good as advertised. We had a hard time reeling either one of them in. That part I knew and expected.
“The part that disappointed me was that I don’t think we matched their intensity. I thought they outworked us and out-toughed us. We were on our heels most of the night and they were in attack mode and at times really made us look bad.”
Sam Hauser led SPASH (1-1) with 14 points and George Diekelman added 12. Trevor Anderson also had 11 points for the Panthers.
“This is a marathon and we have three months ahead of us,” coach Anderson said. “It was a great exposure to some of our guys to see the level we want to get to.
“If we were thinking this or that about ourselves, this is a little humbling and makes us understand that for us to play at the level we want to get to, there’s a lot of work to get done.”
Neenah: McCray 5, Becker 4, Entwisle 10, Pohlman 19, Pronschinske 1, Heldt 24. Total: 25, 5-7, 63. Three-pointers: Pohlman 5, Entwisle, McCray, Heldt. Total fouls: 11.
Stevens Point: Diekelman 12, Barnes 2, Hauser 14, Anderson 11, Sprecher-Katzmarek 3, Van Helden 2. 18, 4-5, 44. Three-pointers: Anderson 2, Diekelman, Barnes, Sprecher-Katzmarek. Total fouls: 6.
Wis. Valley Lutheran 65, Elcho 41
MOSINEE – Junior Branson Witucki scored a team-high 27 points and made three 3-pointers for Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, which led by two points at halftime and pulled away in the second half.
Elcho: Jaeger Adams 28.
WVL: Branson Witucki 27, Bretten Zueldorf 3, Nicholas Lilienthal 15, Tekoya Cosby 14, Titus Morgan 6.
3-pointers: E 6 (Adams 6); WVL 4 (Witucki 3, Cosby). Free throws: E 7-16; WVL 8-12.
Records: WVL 2-0, E 0-2
N’land Lutheran 60, Almond-Bancroft 59
ALMOND – Tim Venus hit a go-ahead 15-footer with about four seconds left for Northland Lutheran, and the last chance for Almond-Bancroft ended with a turnover before the buzzer.
Venus finished with 27 points. A-B’s Ethan Yonke scored 30.
Northland Lutheran: Tim Venus 27, Michael Krueger 21, Danny Worden 8, Curtis Engelbrecht 2, Jacob Price 2.
Almond-Bancroft: Ethan Yonke 30, Evan Pagel 17, Garett Yonke 4, Austin Bunders 4, Derek Keenlance 2, Reegan Anderson 2.
3-pointers: N 7 (Krueger 4, Warden 2, Venus), A 4 (Pagel 4). Free throws: N 9-14, A-B 5-14. Records: A-B 0-1, NL 3-0
Amherst 33, Markesan 23
AMHERST – Six-foot sophomore Ashley Piontkowski came off the bench to score 10 points for Amherst. Jaimee Pitt also scored 10 points.
Markesan: Brandi Bender 6.
Amherst: Kelsey Holderman 6, Jaimee Pitt 10, Hannah Grawey 2, Ashley Piontkowski 10, Lindsay Rutz 3, Kendra Dombrowski 2.
3-pointers: M 2; A 1 (Pitt). Free throws: M 5-18, A 6-12.
Suring 34, Rosholt 26
ROSHOLT – Bre Richter led the Hornets in a nonconference game against the Eagles. Suring’s Calley VanBellinger was the game’s leading scorer.
“I was proud of the hustle and defense we played, but we struggled on offense all night,” Rosholt coach Megan Boldig said. “We have a young team and freshman Lexi Cordova scored some big points for us tonight.”
Suring: Kelsey School 3, Carley Christensen 4, Erin Fischer 2, Jacquelyn Lenz 2, Calley VanBellinger 14, Mackenzi LaMarre 2.
Rosholt: Shantel Cordova 8, Bre Richter 10, Nikayla Glodowski 2, Lexi Cordova 6.
Free throws: Suring 12-53; Rosholt 12-39.
Records: Suring 1-0; Rosholt 0-1.
Alm.-Bancroft 52, Green Lake 19
GREEN LAKE – Returning junior starters Hailey Wieruba and McKenzie Minor scored in double figures for Almond-Bancroft.
A-B: Lacey Warzinski 12, Kayla Smith 2, Hattie Berry 6, Leslie Guerra 7, Ashley Takacs 2, Hailey Wieruba 12, Mckenzie Miner 11.
Free throws: A 6-11, G 1-12.
Rhinelander 47, SPASH 42
RHINELANDER – Sarah Warner scored 17 points to lead the Panthers, who dropped their season opener.
Sydnei Smith and Kylie Hunter both scored 16 points to lead the Hodags, who went 19 of 21 from the free throw line..
Leading scorers: SP, Sarah Warner 17, Taylor Beadles 4, Makenzie Eckrote 2, Brooke Brandt 9, Brianna Flugaur 2, Lauren Gerads 4, Kassidy Wolfe 2, 3 pointers 4 Brandt 3, Beadles 1. FT 8-11.
Cent. Wis. Storm 6, Point/Rapids 0
STEVENS POINT – Savannah Felch scored twice as the Central Wisconsin Storm, who have allowed one goal in three games, remained undefeated with a 6-0 win over Point/Rapids on Tuesday.
Red Panthers goalie Emily Bubla stopped 55 shots. The Storm’s Lisa Fowle had 10 saves.
First period: 1. CW, Savannah Felch (Kelly Knetter). 2, CW, Arielle Reidel (Ashley Zacho)
Second period: 3. CW, Maggie Plaza (Felch).
Third period: 4. CW, Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel. 5. CW, Megan Marlowe (Knetter). 6. CW, Felch (Marissa Matushak)
Neenah 5, Pacelli 2
STEVENS POINT – Two of Neenah’s three goals in the second period came on the power play on the way to a win over the Cardinals in the season opener for both programs.
Neenah went 3 of 6 with a man advantage for the game.
“We were flat on our feet in the second period and had some undisciplined play,” Pacelli coach Rusty Mitch said.
Davis Cowden and Luke Yenter scored for Pacelli.
First period: 1. P, Davis Cowden (Deven Jurgan), 5:40.
Second period: 2. N, Jack Kraus (Travis Treml, Mitch Gerhart), :58 (pp). 3. N. Brendan McNeff, 1:43. 4. N, Carter Grishaber (Max Hackinson, Treml), 16:57 pp.
Third period: 5. P, Luke Yenter (Devin Kollick), 1:01 (pp). 6. N. Kraus (Hackinson), 12:07 (pp); 7. N, Davis Cheny (Tyler Hafeman, McNeff), 16:56.
Saves: N, Brett Horn 21, P, Joe Fuller 30.