The Manawa Lady Wolves saw their losing streak extended to four games as they dropped a pair of conference games last week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10 Weyauwega-Fremont had little trouble with the Lady Wolves defeating them 52-29. Then on Friday night the Wolves faced defending champion Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Despite putting up a good fight, Manawa ended up on the short end of a 49-42 game.
Defensively the Lady Wolves had no answer for WF senior Danielle Johnson as she poured in 21 points for the Indians.
Johnson tallied eight of her points during the opening eight minutes as WF took advantage of six first quarter turnovers to jump out to a 13-6 first quarter lead.
WF’s full court person to person press continued to give the Lady Wolves trouble as the Indians forced nine second quarter turnovers. Their press allowed them to open the quarter with a 10-1 scoring drive and held a the Indians held a 23-7 lead with 3:44 left in the first half.
The Indians extended their lead during the third quarter as Johnson added four points to her total, and WF held a 39-18 lead after three quarters of play.
Johnson would score her team’s first six points and the Indians led 47-22 with 2:34 left to play.
Manawa senior Tracy Wildenberg would led the Wolves with 13 points.
Despite having a 15-point lead late in the third quarter W-B never delivered the knock-out punch as the Lady Wolves made it interesting during the final minute of play.
Junior Aimee Drath’s basket to open the game would give Manawa their only lead of the night at 2-0.
W-B’s Megan School totaled six points as the Lady Chargers grabbed a 10-6 lead with 2:47 left in the first quarter. Sparked by the defensive and rebounding effort of Katrina Wilz and Caryn Frazier, the Lady Wolves tied the game at 10 and 12.
The Lady Chargers 8-1 run sparked by School gave them a 20-13 lead with 2:59 left in the first half. Ten-second quarter turnovers prevented the Lady Wolves from making a dent in the Charger lead.
Junior Krista Braun’s basket had Manawa within striking distance at 24-20 with 6:39 left in the third quarter, before School drained two three pointers as the Chargers finished the quarter with a 13-7 run to grab a 40-27 lead going into the final quarter.
Slowly Manawa climbed back into the game as they cut down on the turnovers and came within five points at 42-37 on senior Lana Draska’s basket with 3:16 left to play. That was the closest the Lady Wolves would get as the Chargers made key free throws during the final two minutes, including School’s game clinching free throw with only 23 seconds left to play.
School and Drath both finished with 19 points. The Lady Wolves season record dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play. This Thursday night Manawa travels to Bonduel. Then next Tuesday, the girls travel to Stevens Point and face the Pacelli Cardinals.