Polar Bears don’t hibernate, but it sure looked like the Hortonville girls were snoozing during the first three quarters of their game against the Oshkosh North Spartans on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Poor passing led to several turnovers as the Polar Bears looked hesitant and uninspired in the early going.
The Spartans showed considerably more intensity on both ends of the court, beating Hortonville to nearly every loose ball and scrapping for rebounds.
By the end of the first quarter, Hortonville trailed by five points. Oshkosh North outscored Hortonville 8-6 in the second quarter to take an 18-11 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same, as the Spartans outscored the Polar Bears 11-6 to widen their lead to double digits.
With eight minutes remaining in the game, the Polar Bears finally woke up.
Shay Frederick put the team on her shoulders and scored 17 points while hitting five 3-point shots in the frame, and her teammates added nine points in the quarter. Meanwhile, Hortonville’s defense held the Spartans to 12 points.
The offensive onslaught was enough to overcome the 11-point deficit and escape with a 43-41 win.
Frederick led the team with 17 points, while Jenna Jalling added 14 points while making four shots from beyond the arc before leaving the game after being injured in the fourth quarter.
Maddie Dunathan and Lexy Campshure both scored four points before fouling out of the contest, while Sarah Huebner added three and Olivia Baehman netted one point.