WONEWOC — Weston scored the first basket of its game against Wonewoc-Center. After that, it was all Wolves.
Wonewoc-Center (3-0) cruised past Weston (0-2) 62-15 in its home opener Thursday, Nov. 30. It is the Wolves’ third straight win under new head coach Tory Needham. Wonewoc-Center led 40-8 at halftime.
“We wanted to come out tonight and put some defensive pressure on them right away,” Needham said. “We wanted to get as many turnovers as we could the first five, six minutes of the game, and we did a pretty good job of it. We knew that if we could get them to turn the ball over, it’d turn into easy transition points for us. So our game plan right off the bat worked.”
The Wolves overmatched the Silver Eagles in just about every facet of the game. Intense defensive pressure created numerous turnovers and easy transition baskets. On offense, their ball movement was quick and efficient with limited turnovers. Their size advantage over Weston also allowed them get some easy points in the paint as well.
“We knew coming into tonight that we didn’t want to turn the ball over because the other night we had 20 turnovers,” Needham said. “We try to keep it right around that 10 to 12 range. If we can do that, I think we’ll be okay. So tonight, we talked about it the past couple days, we needed to keep our turnovers to a minimum, and we did that. We still had a few of them in there, but we did what we needed to do taking care of that basketball.”
Three Wonewoc-Center players finished with double-digit scoring: junior point guard Andrew Jacobson finished with 14 points, including 10 in the second half; junior guard Joey Krueger scored 13 points (all in the first half); and junior small forward Kory Helm added 10. Senior point guard Harrison Boland led the Silver Eagles with nine points.
“We like to spread the court and we like to let Andrew Jacobson get to the basket,” Needham said. “He’s our creator and if he can take that ball all the way to the hole, he’ll finish it. If he can get in there and kick it, we have guys under the basket and guys setting up at the 3-point line. It helps when you have a ball handler like that, and he can get around people, get into the paint and create from there.”
The Wolves play next on the road against Kickapoo Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:15 p.m.
Luther Knights 70, Necedah Cardinals 38
In a rematch of last season’s WIAA regional semifinal game between the two schools (Luther won 52-41), the Knights (1-1) once again got the better of Necedah in this Tuesday, Nov. 30 matchup. Sophomore guard Jaron Murphy scored 12 points to lead the Cardinals (1-1). Junior guard Emery Byus finished with 18 points, senior guard Ben Kutz added 14 and junior center Bennett Loersch scored 12 for Luther.
Necedah will begin conference play when it hosts Brookwood Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sparta Spartans 78, Mauston Golden Eagles 74 OT
The Golden Eagles did well just to force overtime, but their comeback bid fell just short. Mauston (0-1) erased an eight-point halftime deficit to force OT, but Sparta (2-0) outscored the Golden Eagles 10-6 in the extra session to escape with the win in their Tuesday, Nov. 28 matchup. Junior point guard Joe Bauer led all scorers with 23 points and sophomore guard Cade Hall added 17 for Mauston. Senior guard Alex Burke and junior guard Jayden Raymer scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, for the Spartans.
The Golden Eagles open conference play on the road against Westfield Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Royall Panthers 59, Riverdale Chieftains 22
The Panthers (1-0) rolled past Riverdale (0-2) on the road in their season opener Tuesday, Nov. 28. Senior forward Tristan Welchlin finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Senior guard Jaydyn Enzenbacher added 15 points as well for Royall. Non-conference play rolls on for the Panthers when they host La Farge Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
New Lisbon Rockets 76, Weston Silver Eagles 28
The Rockets (1-0) kicked off their season Monday, Nov. 27 with a convincing win over the Silver Eagles. For New Lisbon, junior guard Jared Dvorak led the way with 23 points. Junior guard Cody Haschke and sophomore forward Coltin Zellmer added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Rockets. Dvorak was 10 for 13 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Haschke added 11 rebounds and 10 steals for a triple-double. Zellmer was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field. Senior point guard Harrison Boland scored 23 of Weston’s 28 points. The rest of the team scored five points on 2-of-33 shooting.
New Lisbon next hosts Ithaca Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Wonewoc-Center Wolves 55, La Farge Wildcats 19
The Wolves cruised past the Wildcats (0-2) for their second win of the season Monday, Nov. 27. Junior small forward Kory Helm recorded 18 points and seven rebounds for Wonewoc-Center, while junior guard Joey Krueger added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. The Wolves easily won despite turning the ball over 20 times and junior point guard Andrew Jacobson going just 3 of 12 from the field.
Necedah Cardinals 86, La Farge Wildcats 10
The Cardinals put on a dominant display in their season-opening win over La Farge Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Wildcats had no answer for sophomore guard Jaron Murphy, who finished the night with 32 points. Senior guards Noah Waltemath and Miles Saylor had 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cardinals, who led 55-5 at halftime.
Wonewoc-Center Wolves 46, Ithaca Bulldogs 39
The Wolves opened up their season Tuesday, Nov. 21 with a seven-point win over Ithaca (0-1). Junior point guard Andrew Jacobson recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Junior small forward Kory Helm scored 17 points as well for Wonewoc-Center, including going 5 of 11 from 3-point range. Senior guard Aaron Huebsch led the Bulldogs with nine points.