Girls basketball: TR wins in thrilling fashion

Girls basketball: TR wins in thrilling fashion

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Girls basketball: TR wins in thrilling fashion

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TWO RIVERS

The Two Rivers girls basketball team hadn’t hit a 3-pointer all game.

But that didn’t stop senior guard Aly Wanek from letting one fly with time running out and the Raiders deadlocked with Plymouth at 42 apeice on Saturday.

With the final moments of regulation slipping away Kenzie Walesh found Wanek who hiked up a shot over a defender as the buzzer sounded. The shot banked in and gave Two Rivers the 45-42 win and the inside track in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference race.

Each team entered the game with only one loss in conference play.

“I was thinking ‘we need to win to be first in conference,’ so I thought I should just throw it up there and try,” Wanek said.

With under 20 seconds left in the game, Raiders head coach Mike Schultz called a timeout. The play didn’t go was it was drawn up but, in instances like this, they seldom do.

“The plan, in a perfect world, was they switch to man-to-man. We had a play drawn up for that,” Schultz said. “When they came out in a 1-3-1 again, I figured we’d just run our offense.

“I started counting down from 13 and I was thinking ‘alright, we’ll get something off,'” Schultz said. “Aly had it up on top and then she threw it to Kenzie down in the corner. I was thinking we weren’t even going to get a shot off. As soon as she shot it, I saw that the ball wasn’t on line and I thought, ‘well we’re going to overtime,’ and all of a sudden, it banked in”

Two Rivers jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the opening quarter.

“Defensively, we did a nice job getting out on their shooters. We were pressuring the ball a little bit on the defensive end,” Schultz said. “They weren’t getting very looks at the basket.”

However, the second stanza belonged to the Panthers.

Plymouth opened the quarter on an 11-2 run and took a 22-20 lead heading into halftime.

“In the second quarter, we kind of got tired and they got some open looks,” Schultz said. “They’re good shooters. You can’t leave them open to shoot the ball. We just didn’t get out on their shooters.”

At points throughout the contest, Two Rivers struggled to knock down shots. Sometimes, the Panthers defenses created issue other times, open shots simply weren’t falling.

“There were times, with them switching defenses, we had a hard time recognizing and getting in the right offense,” Schultz said. “You just tell them to keep on shooting and eventually one of them will fall. They’re a veteran team. I think they know that, too.”

On this day, the Raiders were able to knock down enough shots to pick up the win.

Walesh and Elena Garcia each finished the game with 11 points for TR.

For now, the Raiders (9-1, 6-1 EWC) sit atop the conference. But there is plenty of basketball to be played.

“We’ve told them the same thing after every game, ‘just take it one game at a time,'” Schultz said. “We’re ready for Roncalli and hopefully we come out and play well there. The only thing this does mean is that if you win your games, you win the conference. We control our own destiny.”

Plymouth…4 18 10 10
— 42


Two Rivers…14 6 12 13 — 45

Plymouth — Kuhn 2, Pieper 3, Moegenburg 14, Reil 9, Streblow 12, Jankowski 2. 3-pt: Moegenburg 4, Streblow 2. FT: 6-11. Fouls: 12.

Two Rivers — Wanek 8, Rehrauer 4, A Walesh 8, Broehm 1, K. Walesh 11, Dunham 2, Garcia 11. 3-pt: Wanek. FT: 12-18. Fouls: 16.

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