It became evident early in the season that the race for the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference girls’ basketball championship was going to come down to three teams.
All three teams – Weyauwega-Fremont, Amherst and Wittenberg-Birnamwood – will share the 2012-13 championship with identical 12-2 records. W-F wrapped up its share of the title Feb. 21 with a convincing 81-28 win over Manawa.
The Indians received a No. 4 seed in their Division 4 bracket and will host No. 5 Howards Grove or No. 12 Manawa at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in a regional semifinal. The winner of that game will likely face top-seeded and state-ranked Algoma for a regional championship Saturday, March 2.
The championship came after the Indians dropped their first two CWC-8 games to Amherst and W-B.
“To win a share of the title after starting 0-2 in conference play is special,” coach Joe Titus said. “The girls deserve this.”
Four players finished in double figures for the Indians. Jenni Hellweg led the way with a game-high 21 points, while Morgan Wilson, Mariah Hulbert and Macey Schoenick added 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively. Hellweg pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, while Schoenick had nine assists and four steals. Paige Schernecker led Manawa with 14 points.
“Jenni did a good job and took advantage of some matchups, Macey is a machine at the point and Mariah and Morgan showed good patience and played great defense along with their offensive output,” Titus said. “Maggie’s defense is relentless, players do not want to be guarded by her.”
Freshmen Alyssa Goode and Karissa Akey also combined for 12 points, six rebounds and two assists off the bench.
“They aren’t freshmen anymore,” Titus said. “I’m just so proud of what these girls have accomplished.”
The Indians led 12-4 after one quarter, 38-13 at halftime and 63-24 after three quarters before adding to their led with an 18-4 advantage over the final eight minutes.
“I thought we did a good job controlling the pace of the game,” Titus said. “Everybody did some nice things tonight with only seven turnovers and having 28 assists and 14 steals, that’s a pretty good ratio.”