Girls basketball: Dons hold off Pittsville in regional

Girls basketball: Dons hold off Pittsville in regional

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Girls basketball: Dons hold off Pittsville in regional

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The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team took advantage a strong third quarter and held on to edge Pittsville 49-43 in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal at Columbus High School Tuesday night.

The fourth seeded Dons will move on to play Wisconsin Rapids Assumption Friday night at 7 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids. The Royals are the defending state champions and a No. 1 seed.

The first period ended in a 6-6 tie with the all of the Panthers’ points coming on a pair of 3-pointers by Jenna Hughes.

It stayed tight in the second. The Dons’ Jessica Trad hit one of her two 3-pointers, but the Dons made a concerted effort to get the ball inside the paint.

“We weren’t making shots, so we had to take the ball to the rim and hopefully draw some contact and get to the line,” Columbus coach Bryan DeVries said. “We tried to be aggressive all night with them. We felt that would be to our advantage. They brought pressure out high. When that happens we need to make them pay underneath.”

Carly Solaticki’s six-point second kept the Panthers within a single point at halftime.

The Dons pulled away in the third period, with Tara Block, Hannah Kruse and Trad each scoring five points in the quarter. The trio helped extend the Dons’ lead to nine entering the final eight minutes.

“We got good looks in the post the last time we played them (Cranberry Classic), so we figured we could do it again,” said the senior Kruse, who finished with a team high 12 points. “I think we played well. We stayed calm under pressure.”

But there was no quit in the Panthers. Every time the Dons stretched the lead, Pittsville would reel them back in. The Panthers made six of eight free throws down the stretch while the Dons stumbled near the finish line going just 2 for 9 in the final frame. Solatycki’s 3-pointer with 40 seconds left put the Panthers down just four.

But the Panthers could get no closer.

“I can’t say enough about the girls and how hard they worked from the beginning until now,” Pittsville coach Steven Hadfield said. “They kept coming back tonight. They played their hearts out. I’m proud of them.

“We lose five seniors and that will hurt but we’ve got some kids coming up as well.”

Jenna Hughes led Pittsville with 15 points.

Dons 49, Panthers 43

Pittsville 6 11 11 15 43
Col. Catholic 6 12 19 12 49

Individual Scoring: P- Miranda Ortner 1, Breanna Kumm 5, Jenna Hughes 15, Sarah Schmitz 7, Carly Solatycki 9, Laura Ewer 4, Kari Beckman 2. CC- Alexandra Hutchinson 2, Alisha Reigel 6, Jessica Trad 9, Abby Baierl 5, Lindsey Schultz 2, Hannah Stratman 4, Tara Brock 9, Hannah Kruse 12.

3-pointers:- 6 (Hughes 3, Solatycki 2, Kumm CC- 2 (Trad). FT’s: P- 11-17. CC- 7-17.

Records: P-5-16. CC- 10-12.

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