Truckers struggle in home loss
By Erik Buchinger
The Clintonville girls’ basketball coach Nick Yaeger expressed his frustration with the team’s performance after a home loss to Luxemburg-Casco 71-26 on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
The Truckers dropped their fifth straight game, and their record stands at 4-14 overall this season including 3-11 in the North Eastern Conference.
“That was embarrassing,” Yaeger said. “People should get their damn money back to come watch a game like that.”
Yaeger said he was especially disappointed by the team’s rebounding.
“The game was embarrassing, pathetic, and we didn’t block out,” Yaeger said. “We didn’t play team defense, didn’t make shots, didn’t block out, didn’t block out and didn’t block out like we practiced.”
Luxemburg-Casco improved to 14-5 overall and 12-3 in the conference. The Spartans were led by Jenna Jorgensen and Cassie Schiltz, who is committed to playing college basketball at UW-Green Bay.
“They’re good, we knew they were good and they can shoot the ball,” Yaeger said. “When you don’t block them out, they look even better.”
Clintonville scored the game’s first four points with layups from Chelsey Birling and Elly Arndt before Luxemburg-Casco scored seven unanswered points.
Arndt led the Truckers with a team-high nine points.
Abby King tied the game at seven with a 3-pointer, but Luxemburg-Casco outscored the Truckers 30-7 the rest of the first half for a 37-14 lead going into halftime.
The Spartans continued to extend the lead throughout the second half.
“You can’t play basketball like that, I don’t care who it’s against,” Yaeger said. “It’s hard to look at any positives, it really is. It was just awful.”
Clintonville’s Erin Viergutz scored all six of her points in the second half, and King finished with five points.
Birling, Lizzy Weatherwax and Lindsy Carpenter each scored two points for the Truckers.
The Truckers will host Marinette on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.