The Polar Bear varsity basketball team earned a pair of wins to start the season, beating Appleton East 78-30 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and earning a 50-45 win over Appleton North on Friday, Dec. 5.
Hortonville 78, Appleton East 30
Hortonville led 17-7 after one quarter and 34-16 at halftime. The Lady Polar Bears pushed the lead to 57-24 after three quarters and outscored the Patriots 21-6 in the fourth quarter to win easily.
Maddie Dunathan scored 22 points to lead the team, while Shay Frederick added 18. Jenna Jalling added 11, Madi Walter netted eight, Lexy Campshure and Morgan Allen both scored five, Gabby McKeever added four, Sarah Huebner tallied three, and Olivia Baehman netted two.
Hortonville hit 25 of 59 shots (42 percent) and made 11 of 18 from 3-point range (61 percent). They also made 18 of 24 free throw attempts (75 percent).
The team gathered 32 rebounds, notched 10 assists, grabbed seven steals and blocked three shots. The Polar Bears committed 16 fouls and had seven turnovers.
Hortonville 50, Appleton North 45
Hortonville used a big first quarter to gain a 21-11 advantage early in the contest. By halftime, the Polar Bears expanded their lead to 32-20.
Appleton North came storming back in the third quarter, as the Lightning outscored the Polar Bears 15-7.
Holding a four-point lead, the Polar Bears entered the fourth quarter and outscored Appleton North, 11-10, to capture the win.
Dunathan led the team with 21 points while Allen added eight and Frederick scored seven. Walter tallied six, and Jalling and Huebner both scored four points.
Hortonville made 17 of 52 shots (32 percent) and hit 5 of 17 from 3-point range (29 percent). The Polar Bears gathered 29 rebounds, notched eight assists, came up with five steals, and blocked two shots. The team committed 13 fouls and turned the ball over 11 times.