It looks like the Weyauwega-Fremont girls’ basketball team will be heading into the state tournament on a winning note.
The Indians won their fourth game in a row Feb. 24, a 40-37 nonconference victory over West De Pere. W-F also picked up recent home wins over Stevens Point Pacelli, Iola-Scandinavia and Wautoma.
W-F 40, West De Pere 37
DE PERE – W-F trailed 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Phantoms 12-6 the rest of the way.
The Indians led 9-8 after one quarter, but West De Pere held them to two points in the second quarter to take a 17-11 halftime lead. The Indians cut into the lead by outscoring the home team 17-14 in the third quarter.
Karissa Akey led the Indians with 19 points, while Alyssa Goode hit three three-pointers to finish with nine points.
W-F 50, Pacelli 20
WEYAUWEGA – Morgan Wilson and Akey each scored 15 points Feb. 22 in a rescheduled win over the Cardinals, while Goode chipped in with 10.
The Indians led 14-6 after one quarter and 20-10 at halftime before outscoring Pacelli 30-10 in the second half.
“We started out a little sluggish, but found our rhythm in the second half,” coach Joe Titus said. “Pacelli played a very physical game, but we were able to come out on top.
“Everyone contributed to the win tonight,” he said. “Morgan, Becky (Schroeder), Karissa and Hailey (Krause) did a great job defensively and Alyssa was able to direct traffic for us and knocked down some big threes.”
W-F 47, I-S 31
WEYAUWEGA – The Indians came up short against the Thunderbirds the first time around in January, but prevailed Feb. 21 in a rematch of Central Wisconsin 8 Conference rivals.
W-F took a 16-13 lead into the second quarter and led 28-20 at halftime.
“There were a couple of opportunities at the end of the second quarter where we missed a few shots,” I-S coach Mark Wester said. “If we could have cut it to six, it makes you feel a little better.”
Akey scored seven of the Indians’ nine points in the third quarter while I-S was only able to come up with a Brooke Phillips basket and trailed 37-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
The T-Birds never got any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
“They were patient on their first two possessions (of the third quarter) and we didn’t get in front of Akey,” Wester said.
“I’ll tell you what, Iola does a very, very good job of pressuring the basketball,” Titus said. “The last time we played them, we put up 42 turnovers. We managed that a little better this time, but we still maybe put some passes in some areas where we didn’t want to. The defense was the difference for us tonight.”
“We didn’t finish around the hoop like we needed to,” he said. “This was our third game in four nights, so maybe our legs left us a little in the second half. They’re solid, even though their record doesn’t necessarily speak to it in the conference. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we didn’t.”
W-F had a 35-15 advantage in rebounds and had seven more field goals than the T-Birds.
Akey led all scorers with 17 points, while Wilson and Schroeder finished with nine and eight, respectively. Phillips led I-S with 10 points and added four steals, three rebounds and three assists. Leighten Fischer had a team-high five steals for the T-Birds.
W-F 44, Wautoma 26
WEYAUWEGA – W-F outscored the visiting Hornets 8-2 in the first quarter Feb. 18. The Indians led 14-8 at halftime and 27-14 after three quarters.
Akey and Wilson led the Indians with 20 and 18 points, respectively.
“Our defense really started off well,” Titus said. “Not giving up a field goal until midway through the second quarter was a testament to the girls working hard of defense. We still need to improve on hedging, but it is getting better.
“Karissa and Morgan did a great job finding each other against their 1-3-1 zone and Alyssa did a great job getting the ball to the post as well,” he added. “Having two kids post double doubles against a pretty big lineup is nice. Morgan and Karissa combining for 38 points and 31 rebounds makes it tough to key on either one of them.”
The Indians will wrap up the regular season at 7:30 tonight (Thursday, Feb. 27) with a CWC-8 game at Shiocton. W-F will then open state tournament play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in a Division 4 subregional at Iola-Scandinavia. The Indians are seeded fifth, while the T-Birds received a No. 4 seed.
The winner of that game gets top-seeded Amherst in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.