Green Devils stifle Dells

Green Devils stifle Dells


Green Devils stifle Dells


Even with two girls averaging more than 16 points per game, it was all about defense for Adams-Friendship and Wisconsin Dells girls basketball teams in their first South Central Conference showdown on Tuesday.

In the end, the Green Devils were more stout on the defensive end, as they held off a late surge by the Dells to hold on for a 25-18 victory.

A-F remains undefeated in the SCC at 5-0, while the Dells slipped to 4-1.

A-F center and UW-Milwaukee commit Emma Roenneburg entered Tuesday averaging 19.3 points per game, and the Dells’ Jaden Ward averages 16.8. But each team’s defense put the squeeze on the other’s star player.

The zone defenses each team ran were impenetrable to the drive, so perimeter passing dominated play, leaving the two inside players limited.

The pace picked up for Wisconsin Dells at the 4:46 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when Roenneburg fouled out.

Roenneburg, who finished with six points, was initially missed on defense. Ward, who was limited to three points through three quarters, scored on back-to-back trips down the floor to close the gap to 18-14 with 4:01 left. Ward ended up with a game-high 12 points, but her effort wouldn’t be enough.

“We were a little nervous when Emma fouled out, and we’d have to work for it to pull out the win,” said Azure Hodkiewicz, who was 3-for-4 from the line in the fourth quarter. “We had to keep swinging the ball and not have any turnovers.”

The Green Devils were able to play keepaway from the Dells long enough that eventually they had to foul.

“We knew every possession was going to be critical, and we were sloppy at the end,” Dells coach Bob Buss said. “We didn’t take care of the ball and they did. They played well without Emma in there, and that was the difference.”

Hannah Landon, who made the game’s only 3-pointer with four seconds left in the second quarter, sank the final two free throws to give the Green Devils a seven-point cushion.

“It was amazing to win this game,” Landon said. “We had to play as a team and rely on each other.”

In the first quarter, Wisconsin Dells was limited to just two shots, with Ward accounting for the lone basket. Adams-Friendship got off more shots, but the Green Devils were 2-for-12 from the field with Roenneburg going 2-for-3.

“Both teams had this game circled on their schedule, so they were probably a little tighter, and the shots didn’t go in for either team,” A-F coach Loren Ebert said. “They play excellent defense, and we were getting shots, but they weren’t falling.

“We’re a grinding team, and we ground one out tonight. I’m very proud of the girls.”

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