Girls basketball: TR maintains early lead in win over Kiel

Girls basketball: TR maintains early lead in win over Kiel

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Girls basketball: TR maintains early lead in win over Kiel

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TWO RIVERS

For the second time in as many meetings, the Two Rivers girls basketball team jumped out to an early lead against Kiel.

This time, however, TR made sure the advantage didn’t slip away.

Two Rivers led from wire-to-wire and topped Kiel 66-53 in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference game on Friday night.

The Raiders scored the first 10 points of the contest. The early run forced Kiel head coach Jeremy Bushman to take an early timeout.

Though his team was off to a hot start, Two Rivers head coach Mike Schultz was still a bit uneasy.

“I told the girls, after he called the timeout, that’s how the first game started out. We were up 8-0 and he took a timeout and they went on a little run,” Schultz said. “I wasn’t real comfortable with any lead I had tonight. I knew they were going to keep on playing. But it was nice to see the girls get out to a good start.”

This time, however, the Raiders stayed on the throttle and took a 23-9 lead after the opening quarter.

Two Rivers continued to find success on the offensive end in the second. The Raiders were 6-of-7 from the floor in the frame and took a 16-point lead heading into halftime.

TR shot 15-for-20 in the half. Though many of the shots came from the paint, Two Rivers was knocking down shots, plain and simple.

“We got a bunch of shots inside, but we were also hitting our shots from the outside,” Schultz said. “I think everybody was just a little more comfortable with that lead.”

With the conference’s leading scorer, Cassie Schweitzer, sidelined due to illness, Bushman’s team was off to a tough start, but the fourth-year head coach knew his team had a grasp on what was happening.

“I’m not a big screamer. I’m not a big yeller. They’re all good kids. They all know their capabilities,” Bushman said. “They were beating themselves up in that locker room at halftime. I didn’t need to add to it.”

Kiel began to find some rhythm in third quarter. The visitors opened up the half on a 9-2 run and trimmed the deficit to nine.

Meanwhile, Two Rivers’ Kenzie Walesh, who led all scorers with 10 points in the first half, picked up two quick fouls, bringing her total to four for the game. Though Walesh was forced to become a spectator, TR didn’t miss a beat.

“I was really pleased with the way the girls responded,” Schultz said. “The kids came off the bench and kept on playing hard. They don’t get rattled. They do a very nice job of staying even-keeled.”

Kiel continued to scrap, but was unable to bring the game within three possessions.

Mia Voland had a team-high 19 points for Kiel (7-7, 5-4 EWC). Madeline Dahmer chipped in with 12.

“If you give up 40 points in a half, it’s tough to recover from,” Bushman said. “I thought if we played with the intensity and effort we played with in third and fourth quarter, this is a whole different ball game.”

Alexi Walesh had a game-high 20 points for TR. Marissa Broehm scored 13, while Elena Garcia and Kenzie Walesh finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

With the win, Two Rivers (12-2, 8-1 EWC) maintains a half-game lead over Plymouth atop the conference.

“I feel a little more comfortable having a little lead on (Kiel),” Schultz said. “Obviously, there are teams right behind us and we need to keep on playing the way we’ve been playing.”

Kiel…9 15 10 19
— 53


Two Rivers…23 17 8 18 — 66

Kiel — Fale 7, G. Binversie 5, Dahmer 12, Voland 19, Winkel 6, Rabe 4. 3-pt: Fale, Dahmer 2, Voland 2, Winkel. FT: 17-24. Fouls: 26.

Two Rivers — Wanek 2, Rehrauer 8, Shillcox 2, A. Walesh 20, Broehm 13, K. Walesh 10, Garcia 11. 3-pt: Rehrauer 2, A. Walesh, Broehm. FT: 24-36. Fouls: 19.

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