Johannes hits five threes for Waupaca
By Greg Seubert
For the third time this season, the Waupaca girls’ basketball team went into halftime with a lead.
The Comets had outscored Denmark 23-20 in the first half of a matchup of North Eastern Conference teams Jan. 5 at Waupaca High School, but a 26-17 advantage in the second half gave the Vikings a 46-40 win.
Mya Johnannes hit four of her game-high five three-pointers in the first half for Waupaca, but Denmark held her to one basket in the second half. On the other hand, the Vikings had trouble handling Savannah Wehmeyer, who scored eight of her nine points in the second half.
Denmark opened the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 26-23 lead, but Johannes hit her fifth three-pointer and Wehmeyer followed with six straight points during a 9-3 run that gave Waupaca a 32-29 lead.
Denmark took the lead for good – 39-36 – on Claire Sipple’s three-pointer and pushed the lead to seven twice in the final two minutes, but the Comets never got any closer than five points down the stretch.
Johannes’ 15 points led all scorers, while Emma Smidt also finished in double figures for Waupaca with 11. Jayden Laurent and Abby Marique led Denmark with 12 and 11, respectively.
Denmark outrebounded the Comets 35-30 and finished with 17 offensive boards. The Comets turned the ball over only four times in the first half and had 13 in the game.
The Comets fell to 1-9 overall and 1-6 in conference play, while Denmark improved to 6-5 overall and 5-2 in North Eastern games.
Waupaca will head to Wrightstown Thursday, Jan. 11, before hosting Clintonville Monday, Jan. 15.