The Clintonville girls’ basketball team trailed 6-5 after one quarter but outscored the Panthers 10-0 in the second quarter to take a 15-6 advantage into halftime during their first round regional playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
Oconto Falls battled back in the third quarter, outscoring Clintonville 12-6 to cut the lead to 21-18 after three quarters of play.
The Panthers applied a full-court press during the fourth quarter in an attempt to force the Lady Truckers to turn the ball over. Their strategy worked on a couple of early possessions, but Clintonville soon solved the pressure problem, breaking the press and getting a few layups on the other end to put the game out of reach. At the final horn, Clintonville earned a 33-21 win.
Clintonville made 12 of 33 shots from the field (36 percent) but missed all five of their 3-point attempts. The Truckers hit 9 of 16 free throws (56 percent).
The Panthers had a hard time getting past the Trucker defense, making just 6 of 44 shots (13 percent) but stayed in the game by making 4 of 15 from 3-point range (26 percent) while also hitting 5 of 8 from the free throw line.
The Panthers held a 36-24 rebounding advantage, including a 20-9 edge in offensive rebounds. Fortunately for the Truckers, Oconto Falls couldn’t turn many of their second chances into points.
Clintonville earned 12 steals while Oconto Falls grabbed eight. Trucker defenders blocked six shots and played scrappy defense to force 17 turnovers. Clintonville had only 12 turnovers in the game.
Autumn Voigt scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds while also coming up with five steals and blocking five shots to lead the Truckers. Catherine Morse, Etta Sorenson and Caitie Carpenter all scored four points for Clintonville. Chrissy Betz and Danielle Kiefer both scored two points.
With the win, Clintonville earns a chance to face the top-seeded Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers in a Regional semi-final at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Wittenberg. The winner of that game will advance to the Regional championship to face either third-seeded Northland Pines or second-seeded Peshtigo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The location of that game has not yet been decided.