Last versus first usually doesn’t make a good match up. That was the case Friday, Jan. 31 when the Manawa girls’ basketball team traveled to Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
The League leading Chargers held the Wolves to a 7 of 27 night shooting from the floor and forced 45 turnovers on their way to an 82-14 victory. The Chargers saw four players in double figures and finished the night shooting 38 of 57 from the floor including 10 three pointers.
The Chargers opened the game with the first 17 points and forced Manawa into 15 first quarter turnovers. Mikayla Hartman scored six straight points during the run. Mickey Pecha finally put the Wolves on the board with 42 seconds left in the quarter.
W-B drained three straight three-pointers on their first three possessions, all within a span of 90 seconds. The Wolves again scored only one basket in the second quarter. The Chargers held a 41-4 halftime lead.
In the second half, W-B picked up where they left off, scoring the first 18 points of the second half, including four three-pointers to increased their lead to 59-4. Micah Neir drained two of those threes on her way to a game high 17 points.
The mercy rule was in effect during the final quarter.
Brogan Bartel led the Wolves with six points and seven rebounds. Alissa Suehs, Pecha, Ashlee Strebe, and Molly Loughrin each scored two points.
Autumn Ferg was second on the team with six rebounds.
The Wolves host Bonduel Thursday, Feb. 6. Weather cancellations have forced three postponements and the makeup dates include: Monday, Feb. 10 when the Lady Wolves traveled to Weyauwega, Monday, Feb. 17 when they host Iola-Scandanvia, and Tuesday, Feb. 25 when they host Amherst.