Basketball: Crivitz beats Florence in opener

Crivitz spoils debut of first-year Bobcats coach

Florence's Jenna Springer puts up a shot in Thursday's season opener against Crivitz. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

FLORENCE, Wis. — Crivitz, expected to be one of the better M&O Conference girls basketball teams, spoiled the varsity coaching debut of Florence’s Dave Bauer on Thursday.

The Wolverines, led by sophomores Sianna Guns and Chloe Gruszynski, clipped the Bobcats 61-30 in a non-conference opener for both teams.

Junior Savannah Vassar led the Bobcats with eight points and 10 rebounds. Cassie Larson was next with five points.

“We’re young and we’ll get there,” Bauer said. “I thought they worked fairly hard.”

Guns scored 18 points and Gruszynski added 13 for the Wolverines, who return seven players including four starters from last year’s team that went 18-6.

“We’re young, athletic and kind of hungry,” said Crivitz head coach Brett Meyers. “I’m happy with what I’ve got.”

A steal from sophomore Jordyn Springer reduced Crivitz’s lead to 17-11 with six minutes left in the first half. But the Wolverines closed out the half with a 9-3 run and 26-14 lead.

In the second half, a triple from Taylor Bemis and back-to-back buckets from Annabelle Kosmecki built the Wolverines’ cushion to 47-22 with five minutes left.

“I knew that Crivitz was going to come in with some speed and double-teaming,” said Bauer, who liked his team’s boxing-out on the boards in the first half. “I thought we ran our offense fairly where we should be (in the first half). We did a pretty good job of shutting down their inside game.”

The bulk of Crivitz’s points came off outside shooting and defensive pressure.

“We did some things that were good at times,” said Meyers, who doesn’t want to show too many tactics in the non-conference portion of the season. “We just didn’t shoot well. We missed four or five shots in a row on the same possession. That’s a little suspect for my liking at this point.”

In Tuesday’s games, Florence hosts Coleman and Crivitz plays Laona-Wabeno.

“Gillett is really good and Wausaukee will be very competitive,” said Meyers, a former Florence coach, of the M&O Conference race. “It’s going to be a fight.”

Crivitz defeated Florence 30-18 in the junior varsity game.

Crivitz 26 35 — 61

Florence 14 16 — 30

CRIVITZ: Lexi Oyer 5, Taylor Bemis 5, Sianna Guns 18, Annabelle Kosmecki 6, Emalee Johnsen 9, Chloe Gruszynski 13, Kiren Gribben 3, Morgan Vanlanen 2. FT: 9-15. F: 16. 3PT: Oyer, Bemis.

FLORENCE: Jordyn Springer 3, Cassie Larson 5, Savannah Vassar 8, Jenna Springer 4, Alicia Gehlhoff 2, Kathleen Selden 4, Haley Behrmann 4. FT: 3-11. F: 15. 3PT: Vassar 2, Larson 1.