A fast start and strong finish helped the Clintonville Lady Trucker varsity basketball team earn a 49-39 victory over the Tomahawk Hatchets on Tuesday, March 8.
Clintonville jumped out to a 15-7 lead after one quarter, but Tomahawk closed the gap by outscoring the Truckers 10-9 in the second quarter and 14-13 in the third quarter. Holding a 37-31 advantage going into the fourth quarter, Clintonville outscored Tomahawk 12-8 to seal the victory.
Nichole Paisar led the Lady Truckers with 20 points and eight rebounds and four steals. Nikki Kautz scored 11 and nabbed five steals. Markiesa Westphal and Stacy Reinke both dropped in six points, while Erin Peeters scored four to go with nine rebounds and Steph Klegin netted two.
The Truckers made 25 percent of their 3-point shots and sunk 14-of-19 attempts from the free throw line. The team had nine assists and 16 steals to help bury the Hatchets.
The Lady Truckers held a 23-17 lead at halftime and built on it by outscoring the Blue Devils 12-11 in the third quarter and 12-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Paisar led the Lady Truckers with 16 points, while Reinke added 14. Kautz dropped in nine, while Westphal scored four and pulled down 11 rebounds. Peeters and Klegin each scored two.
Oconto Falls 55
The Lady Truckers got to the Regional Championship game Saturday but lost to Oconto Falls, 55-44, Saturday. The game against the Panthers Saturday was held in Antigo and Clintonville fell behind early and spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. They almost did, closing to within two points midway through the fourth quarter, but foul trouble did them in. The girls had to resort to fouling to try to get the ball back but the Panthers were nearly perfect from the free throw line and the gap only widened.
A slow start saw the Lady Truckers down 13-22 at halftime. After outscoring the Panthers 13-12 in the third quarter, Clintonville was outscored 18-21 in the final frame to end the game.
Kautz led the Trucks with 15 points, while Reinke netted 14. Paisar had eight and Westphal had seven to round out the scoring.