Not even Jaimee Pitt’s 26-point performance in the second half could save the Amherst girls’ basketball team.
Pitt scored a game-high 28 points, but the Falcons still came out on the short end of a 69-61 score Friday, Jan. 14, in a battle for first place in the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference with Weyauwega-Fremont.
The Indians outscored the visiting Falcons 12-4 in the extra period as W-F improved to 5-1 in conference play and 8-3 overall. Amherst fell to 5-1 in the CWC-8 and 10-3 overall. The teams are now tied for first in the conference standings with Bonduel, which is also 5-1 after the Bears’ win over Shiocton.
W-F also picked up a 52-28 win Tuesday, Jan. 11, over Manawa.
W-F 69, Amherst 61 (OT)
The Indians outscored the Falcons 16-7 in the first quarter and 14-8 in the second to take a 30-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
However, the Falcons cut into the lead with a 20-14 advantage in the third quarter and forced overtime by outscoring the Indians 22-13 in the fourth.
The Indians sealed the win from the free-throw line in overtime by hitting 10 of 13 attempts.
Danielle Johnson led the Indians with 15 points, while Mariah Hulbert, Macey Schoenick and Bailey Kapitzke also finished in double figures with 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Shelby Serafin scored 13 points for Amherst to go along with Pitt’s 28.
W-F 52, Manawa 28
Johnson had a big night offensively for the Indians, as the senior scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter.
W-F led 13-6 after one quarter, 25-11 at halftime and 39-18 after three quarters.
Tracy Wildenberg led Manawa with 13 points.
The Indians will host defending conference champion Wittenberg-Birnamwood today (Thursday, Jan. 20) before heading to Bonduel Tuesday, Jan. 25. Tipoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.