Sometimes in basketball, you have an off night shooting. It’s just something that happens.

The Wisconsin Dells girls basketball team had one of those nights Friday, but the Chiefs were able to weather some sloppy shooting en route to a 68-40 win over Adams-Friendship in a South Central Conference game at Wisconsin Dells High School.

“It wasn’t the prettiest but we’ll take the conference win,” Wisconsin Dells coach Bob Buss said of his team improving to 2-0 in the SCC. “We just have to be more confident on our shots and if we made a couple of them it’s a different story.”

The Chiefs (4-1 overall) got off to a strong start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before going ahead 14-3 with 12 minutes left in the first half following back-to-back layups by junior Bethany Smith. The Green Devils (1-6, 0-2 SCC) battled back, cutting the lead to eight at 19-11 following a putback by sophomore Meghan Docken but that’s as close as Adams-Friendship got.

A bucket by Mace quickly pushed the lead back to double-digits at 21-11 with seven minutes left in the half. The Chiefs then closed the opening half on a 12-4 run, including nine points by Mace, to take a 33-15 lead into the break.

While Wisconsin Dells had a comfortable margin, things could have been a lot different for the Chiefs who missed a number of shots around the basket and at times were careless with the ball.

“You can play an ugly game but if you hit shots, it looks a lot better,” Buss said. “We just didn’t hit our shots; we missed a lot of easy shots, a lot of bunnies.”

“It was a frustrating first half, we all came in and nobody was happy with it. It was just about recognizing what we can do and what we can work with,” Meister added.

Wisconsin Dells put that to use early in the second half as Meister and Mace combined for the team’s first nine points, including three layups by Meister and a 3-pointer from Mace, for a 43-21 lead. The Chiefs continued to pile on the points, taking a 63-33 lead following layups by junior Grace Myklebust and Meister before easing home in the final minutes.

“When your shots don’t fall, you have to do the other little things,” Meister said. “Offensive rebounding was a big one and just getting put backs and being stronger with the ball.”

Meister scored a game-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half, to lead the Chiefs. Mace added 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Myklebust chipped in 13.

“She’s aggressive; she’s like a ball hawk and she knows where the ball is,” Buss said of Meister. “She’s a scorer, finds ways to score and the girls look for her. Some of the subs that came in did a nice job and stayed aggressive.”

While it was a comfortable win and a third-straight, both Buss and Meister agree that the Chiefs can improve in two areas: shooting and confidence.

“We have a lot of athleticism on our team and utilizing that and having everybody ready to go and doing their part, we can be a really successful team,” Meister said. “I feel like we’re a really special team, it’s just about getting everything to click.”

“They need to be confident taking them and making them,” Buss added. “It was just an off night, but with our defense and aggressiveness it makes up for it. We just have to work on shooting and shooting with confidence, and we’ll be alright.”

Wisconsin Dells 68, Wisconsin Heights 47

Before knocking off the Green Devils, Wisconsin Dells rolled past Wisconsin Heights 68-47 on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Wisconsin Dells High School.

The Chiefs, who avenged a 49-48 loss suffered at hands of the Vanguards last year, were again led by Meister and Mace as the pair combined for 50 points, including a game-high 31 from Meister.

The guard, who is averaging 21.4 points per game, drained five 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Mace added 19 and Grace Myklebust chipped in seven.

WISCONSIN DELLS 68, ADAMS-FRIENDSHIP 40

Adams-Friendship 15 25 — 40

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Wisconsin Dells 33 35 — 68

ADAMS-FRIENDSHIP — Farrell 0, Docken 3 8-9 14, Bula 2 0-0 6, Seigel 1 0-2 2, Rodriguez 0 1-3 1, Craddock 4 0-0 9, Bula-Freeman 2 0-0 4, Lent 2 0-0 4, Splinter 0. Totals 14 6-19 40.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Bates 1 2-3 5, Meister 8 5-6 21, Pfeifer 0 1-2 1, Pckos 1 1-2 3, McClyman 0 1-2 1, Myklebust 5 3-5 13, Mace 6 4-6 18, Smith 2 2-4 6. Totals 23 19-30 68.

3-point goals — AF 3 (Bula 2, Craddock 1), WD 3 (Bates 1, Mace 2). Total fouls — AF 20, WD 17. Fouled out — AF (Splinter).

WISCONSIN DELLS 68, WISCONSIN HEIGHTS 47

Wisconsin Heights 20 27 — 47

Wisconsin Dells 34 34 — 68

WISCONSIN HEIGHTS — K. Adler 4 7-9 16, A. Adler 1 5-6 8, Handel 4 2-2 11, Keith 2 0-3 4, Hering 1 0-0 2, Bollig 0, Duhr 0, Graham 2 0-0 6. Totals 14 14-26 47.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Bates 0 1-2 1, Flock 0 1-2 1, Meister 11 4-4 31, Pfeifer 0 4-4 4, Pakos 1 0-0 2, G. Myklebust 3 1-3 7, Mace 8 2-2 19, Smith 1 1-2 3. Totals 24 14-19 68.

3-point goals — WH 5 (K. Adler 1, A. Adler 1, Handel 1, Graham 2), WD 6 (Meister 5, Mace 1). Total fouls — WH 13, WD 22.