With the regular season winding down the Manawa girls’ basketball team played a NBA-type schedule last week, playing three games in five days.
On Monday, Feb. 10 they traveled to Weyauwega in a make-up game and fell 57-10. The following night the Wolves played their best game of the season and defeated Stevens Point Pacelli 43-33, leading from start to finish. The team traveled to Iola on Friday, Feb. 14 and left after a 65-25 thumping by the T-Birds.
I-S 65, Manawa 25
The T-Birds took advantage of Manawa’s turnovers and cold shooting during the opening quarter. The Wolves turned the ball over 14 times during the quarter including their first six possessions. They also managed only one field goal on seven attempts The T-Birds full court pressure defense helped build an 18-2 lead after one quarter of play.
During the second quarter the Wolves cut down on the turnovers and also started hitting some shots, including three-pointers by Mickey Pecha.
I-S’s Brooke Phillips opened the second half with back-to-back baskets and later in the quarter back-to-back three pointers by Jane Oligney and Leighten Fischer to push I-S to a comfortable 44-13 lead.
I-S Coach Mark Wester pulled off the press in the second half as the T-Birds coasted to the victory.
Fischer took game honors with 18 points and Phillips added 15 for the T-Birds.
Ashlee Strebe led Manawa with 10 points while Brogan Bartel added eight. Strebe also led Manawa with nine rebounds and Bartel added eight.
Manawa 43, Pacelli 33
In their first meeting against Pacelli, the Wolves allowed dribble penetration, allowing the Cardinals to take advantage of that by hitting key shots from the paint and inside the three-point arc. Mixing their person-to-person defense with some 2-3 zones, the Wolves led from start to finish in the second meeting.
Manawa’s defense gave up only one field goal during the first 13 minutes of play. Strebe managed six of Manawa’s first 13 points as they built a 13-2 lead with 4:38 left in the first half. Sam Shafraanski’s back-to-back baskets pulled the Cardinal to within six points with 2:34 left in the half. Manawa’s Autumn Ferg and Baylee Gorges started a 10-0 run that carried into the second half.
Ferg and Gorges drained back-to-back three-pointers to start the second half, putting the Wolves up 23-6 with 6:41 left in the third quarter. They maintained that lead by heading into the final quarter with a 32-16 lead.
The Cardinals turned up the pressure on their press and took advantage of seven fourth quarter turnovers to pull to within eight points at 37-29 with 3:10 left to play. Bartel triggered the game sealing run with a basket and Strebe and Ferg quickly followed to put Manawa back up by 14 points.
Ferg took game honors with 13 points, while Strebe added 10 and Alissa Suehs chipped in with nine.
Strebe hauled down nine rebounds and Bartel added eight.
The Wolves forced 16 steals with Ferg leading the way with four. Suehs and Strebe added three each to give the Lady Wolves their first conference win of the season.
W-F 57, Manawa 10
The Wolves carried the cold temperatures outside to the court, shooting a frigid 1 for 12 to open the contest against Weyauwega-Fremont. Despite that they only trailed 10-2 after one quarter of play. Suehs’s basket tied the game at 2 with 4:27 left to play in the first.
Karissa Akey triggered a 16-0 run by totaling nine of her game high 25 points as Wega held an 18-2 lead with 4:23 left in the first half. Ferg finally ended the run with two baskets as Manawa managed to pull to within fifteen at halftime, and trailing 23-8.
Akey opened the second half with six straight points as Wega took complete control by shutting the Wolves out during the quarter. Wega led 38-8 with one quarter to play. It was the fourth time the Wolves have been shutout during a quarter. They went 0 for 13 shooting from the floor.
With under two minutes to play Manawa finally scored in the second half ending an incredible 29-0 run.
The Wolves host Shiocton on Friday, Feb. 21.