One more win is all the Weyauwega-Fremont girls’ basketball team needs to wrap up the program’s fifth conference championship.
The Indians will host Manawa at 7:30 tonight (Thursday, Feb. 21), If W-F defeats the Wolves, it would be the team’s 16th win in a row following recent victories over West De Pere, Shiocton and Winnebago Lutheran.
W-F beat West De Pere 57-54 Feb. 18, handed Shiocton a 55-26 defeat Feb. 15 and returned from Fond du Lac Feb. 12 following a 54-47 win over the Vikings.
W-F 57, West De Pere 54
WEYAUWEGA – W-F had an eight- to 10-point lead for much of the game, but the Phantoms rallied with a 15-8 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Morgan Wilson hit six of eight free throws late in the game and finished with a team-high 21 points.
The Indians led 23-15 after one quarter, 34-28 at halftime and 49-39 after three quarters.
Bailey Denis led West De Pere with 26 points, while W-F’s Mariah Hulbert also finished in double figures with 10.
“I thought we played very well against a very good team,” coach Joe Titus said. “Up to this point, they are the tallest and longest team we have played. The girls did a great job with ball pressure and passing the ball.
“West De Pere is a solid, well-coached team,” he added. “They gave us some looks we haven’t seen this year and the girls did a great job against them. We had a few sloppy stretches and some metal errors, but overall, we did a great job of finding the open girl and making plays when we had to.”
The win was the Indians’ 15th in a row. W-F is ranked sixth in Division 4 in the latest Associated Press state poll and ninth in the most recent coaches’ poll.
W-F 55, Shiocton 26
WEYAUWEGA – The Indians held the Chiefs to five points in the second half after taking a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Jenni Hellweg and Wilson led the Indians with 16 and 13 points, respectively, while Carmen McCarthy led Shiocton with 10.
“We rushed a bit in the first half and our defense was passive, but the second half was a different story,” Titus said. “The girls stepped up the pressure and made them uncomfortable. Allowing five points in the second half was key, as well as finding the open girls. The girls were able to find each other underneath the basket and convert. It was a big game for us and the girls delivered.”
W-F 54, Winnebago Lutheran 47
FOND DU LAC – The trio of Wilson, Hellweg and Macey Schoenick scored 11 points each to lead the Indians to the nonconference win over the Vikings.
W-F led 8-7 after one quarter, 24-15 and halftime and 38-29 after three quarters.
Cassie Krueger led the Vikings with 14 points.
“It was a tough game,” Titus said. “We didn’t play well, but well enough to get the job done. We were in a bit of a hurry at times, but were able to make enough plays to finish the game on the right side of the scoreboard.”
Winnebago Lutheran had plenty of success rebounding, according to Titus.
“They outworked us,” he said. “A win is a win, but we still have things to tighten up before the stretch run. Conference is in reach and if we work harder, we have a great chance. Nobody is going to hand us anything. It’s up to take it.”
W-F has a bye in the first round of the state tournament, which kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 26. The fourth-seeded Indians will host No. 5 Howards Grove or No. 12 Manawa at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1. If W-F wins that game, the most likely opponent in the regional final on Saturday, March 2, is top-seeded and state-ranked Algoma.