The Marshfield girls erased a 15-point first quarter deficit and came back to win by that same amount, defeating Wausau West 59-44 in a Valley Conference game Friday night.
That leaves both teams in second place at 4-2 in the WVC behind front-running D.C. Everest.
West led 19-4 in the first quarter largely behind the scoring of Jasmin Samz. The sharp-shooting junior had 12 points in the game’s first eight minutes.
The Warriors hit six of their last seven shots in the quarter while the Tigers missed their first nine shots in the game and were just 3 of 17 to start.
Things stayed pretty much the same until near the end of half. Caitlin Michaelis hit a 3-pointer, and another bucket to cut the Warriors’ lead to just seven going into halftime. Samz had 17 points at halftime.
“Samz hit some big shots.” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “We keyed on her and she still had 17 in the first half. I thought we could do better. We played a little box-and-one. The kids responded. It was a team defense. They did a good job.”
Caitlin Michaelis agreed.
“Samz was really hurting us,” said Michaelis, who finished with 13 points. “Our main goal in the second half was to stop her from scoring. She was the main threat.
Ellie Kummer hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third period to pull the Tigers to within two on two occasions. McKalya Scheuer’s two free throws with 13 seconds left in the third gave the Tigers their first lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Tigers went to the line 25 times in the fourth period and made 18 free throws. Kummer was 6 for 6 in the period and racked up a team high 16 points. Samz was the only Warrior in double figures with 19.
WAUSAU WEST (44): Kierra Kohlbeck 5, Jessy Wiskofske 3, Ravyn Heckendorf 3, Anna Brown 8, Jasmin Samz 19, Sarah Snoeyenbos 6.
MARSHFIELD (59): McKayla Scheuer 7, Caitlin Michaelis 13, Natalie Zuelke 5, Ellie Kummer 16, Ema Fehrenbach 6, Ellie Fehrenbach 10, Kailey Hubler 2.
Free throws: WW 14-21. MAR 26-38.
Records: WW 7-6, 4-2 WVC; MAR 7-7, 4-2.