Necedah’s hot start to the season rolled on with a convincing win against Mauston.
The Cardinals (3-0) used a dominating second-half performance to pull away from the Golden Eagles (1-1) on their way to a 58-30 road victory Tuesday, Nov. 28. Necedah has now won its first three games of the season by scores of 58-30, 57-30 and 58-30.
“We won it on the defensive end,” said Necedah head coach Pete Lowery. “We knew they like to get the ball to Skyylar (Brescia) inside. She still ended up getting a boatload of points, double digits for them, but we were ready for it. We knew they like to get to the offensive glass … but I thought we did really well with that tonight. We took that away from them. We played aggressive defensively and that’s where I think we won it tonight. We limited their second-chance shots.”
Brescia led all scorers with 15 points, but the Cardinals defense limited her in the second half. After scoring 11 points in the first half, she was held to only four over the game’s final 18 minutes. The Golden Eagles also did themselves no favors on the free-throw line, where they went just 2 of 13.
Throughout much of the first half, points were hard to come by for both teams, with Necedah only leading 9-4 over 10 minutes into the game. Things eventually started to pick up on the offensive end, and the Cardinals led 24-14 at halftime.
Necedah pulled away in the second half, fueled in part by a 12-0 run. The Cardinals outscored Mauston 34-16 after the break on their way to an impressive blowout win.
“We had to switch things up (offensively),” Lowery said. “We were sitting back, we weren’t attacking. Once we started to attack, then we saw we could get by them.”
On the offensive end, Necedah received contributions from a variety of players.
Senior guard Lindsey Murphy flirted with a triple-double, putting up 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Junior guard Emily Herried scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Sophomore forward/guard Miah Hansen (nine points and 10 rebounds) fell a point shy of a double-double. Sophomore guard Kyra Saylor added eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore guard Danielle Becker and junior forward Faith Tunks scored six and five points, respectively.
As a team, the Cardinals went 10 of 15 from the free-throw line and 6 of 14 on 3-pointers.
Necedah opens up conference play on the road against Brookwood Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Mauston will look to get back on track in its conference opener when it hosts Westfield Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
New Lisbon Rockets 52, Pittsville Panthers 29
The Rockets (1-2) picked up their first win of the year with a 23-point win over Pittsville (1-1) in non-conference play Tuesday, Nov. 28 at New Lisbon High School. Sophomore guard Mya Delgado led the way for New Lisbon with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Junior guard/forward Callie Bever added 10 points and 18 rebounds for a double-double.
Junior forward Amanda Piotrowski scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Panthers, who were held to 19.6 percent shooting from the field. New Lisbon will be back in action Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the road against Bangor to open conference play.