Amherst spoiled the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference opener for the Weyauwega-Fremont girls’ basketball team by handing the Indians a 46-41 defeat Dec. 7.
The host Falcons led 14-7 after one quarter and 26-17 at halftime, but W-F came back with a 16-7 advantage in the third quarter to tie the game at 33-33.
Amherst sealed the win by outscoring the visitors 13-8 over the final eight minutes.
Early turnovers hurt the Indians, according to coach Joe Titus.
“We turned the ball over 13 times in the first five minutes of the game and dug a pretty deep hole,” he said. “The girls did an incredible job fighting back. We were down 12 points with about 4 1/2 minutes to play in the third and the girls came back to tie it up. We started finding the open girl in the post and finishing. We just expended so much energy coming back, we didn’t have anything left in the tank to hang on.”
Karissa Akey had a big night for the Indians, as the freshman finished with a team-high 15 points and 14 rebounds. She was the only player for W-F to finish in double figures.
“Morgan (Wilson) and Jenni (Hellweg) made some big baskets for us inside as well and Macey (Schoenick) controlled the point very well for us again,” Titus said. “She does a great job setting the tempo for us. Maggie (Knecht) made some nice moves to score and had a huge charge that really sparked us.”
Amherst’s Jaimee Pitt led all scorers with 24.
“We need to value the ball more and improve on our shooting from long range,” Titus said. “We were one of 15 from three-point range. We know we’re better than that.”
The Indians played at Wittenberg-Birnamwood Dec. 11 and will host Bonduel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.