After turning the ball over 33 times in a loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood, it was time for the Weyauwega-Fremont girls’ basketball team to send a message to the rest of the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference.
Bonduel got that message the hard way.
The Indians bounced back from a 62-45 loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood with a convincing 65-37 win over the Bears Dec. 14.
W-F 65, Bonduel 37
WEYAUWEGA – W-F outscored Bonduel in each quarter and cruised to the win.
The Indians led 15-11 after one quarter, 34-16 at halftime and 47-26 after three quarters.
“Other than a few hedging breakdowns on the perimeter, we played a very complete game,” coach Joe Titus said. “Mariah (Hulbert) found a good rhythm and got good shots against their ‘buzz’ zone, Macey (Schoenick) did a great job at the point and Morgan (Wilson), Jenni (Hellweg), Jordan (Krause) and Karissa (Akey) did exactly what we needed them to in the post.”
The Indians also connected on 18 of their 22 free-throw attempts.
“I’m not sure if I’m more happy that we made 84 percent of our free throws or the fact that we shot 22 of them,” Titus said. “Forcing 15 turnovers and having only seven in the first half was also a nice step forward for us.”
Hulbert led the Indians with 21 points, while Schoenick and Wilson also finished in double figures with 11 each.
“Bonduel is a well-coached team and they were short-handed with a couple of key injuries,” Titus said. “I know next time we play them it will be a tough contest.”
W-B 62, W-F 45
WITTENBERG – The Chargers took advantage of the Indians’ turnover problems.
W-B led 20-14 after one quarter, 36-23 at halftime and 50-34 after three quarters.
“It was a tough game and 33 turnovers tells the story,” Titus said. “The bulk of their points came off turnovers. We had some good streaks of very good basketball, but we didn’t protect the ball well enough. All we can do is make adjustments next time we play them. Right now, however, we need to put it behind us.”
Wilson led the Indians with 21 points, while Megan School led the Chargers with 18.
The Indians will host Columbus in a nonconference matchup at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, before returning to CWC-8 play Friday, Jan. 4, at Stevens Point Pacelli.