The Manawa girls’ basketball team continued their struggles when they faced two conference contending teams last week.
They hosted and fell to perennial power Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 63-11. They then traveled to Bonduel, who rolled to a 60-19 victory over Manawa.
Bonduel 60, Manawa 19
BONDUEL – Despite 13 first quarter turnovers, the Wolves tied the Bears for the third time at six with 3:52 left in the opening frame. Jennifer Dowden’s two free throws started and 10-0 run for Bonduel that carried into the second quarter. Bonduel opened a 16-6 lead with 6:13 left in the first half.
Baylee Gorges finally ended the run. Both teams exchanged baskets the rest of the half. Despite 21 first half turnovers and getting good looks on each possession the Bears could not pull away from the Wolves. Bonduel held a 26-14 halftime lead.
Manawa’s Sam Johnson hit a three pointer to open the second half, pulling to within 28-17. That turned out to be Manawa’s only basket of the quarter and the Bears finished the frame with the final nine points.
That streak carried into the final eight minutes. Bonduel tallied the first eight points to pull out to a commanding 43-17 lead before Alissa Suehs basket ended the Bears run. Alexsa Reinke totaled ten of the Bears 17 points.
Brogan Bartel led Manawa with eight points and eight rebounds. Suehs chipped in with four points, while Johson had three. Gorges and Molly Loughrin also scored two points each.
Dowden finished with 17 points and Alexsa Reinke added 16 points for the Lady Bears.
playing well for the first 12 minutes the Bears forced us into 51 turnovers and allowed only five second half points and
W-B 63, Manawa 11
Wittenberg-Birnamwood opened the game in its usual full court pressure defense. The defense forced 13 first quarter turnovers allowing the Chargers to open up an 18-0 lead.
Bartel finally put Manawa on the scoreboard with a put back to open the second quarter. From there it was all Chargers as 10 more turnovers led to eight points and a 30-6 lead for the Chargers.
Despite pulling the press in the second half the Chargers still forced Manawa into 10 more turnovers and secured the victory. In all, the Chargers forced 37 turnovers.
Ashlee Strebe led Manawa with four points. Bartel, Loughrin and Miranda Wohlrabe each scored two points, while Johnson scored one point.
The Wolves travel to Almond-Bancroft, Friday, Dec. 27 for a 2 p.m. game.