Girls basketball: Racine, West lift Niagara over Bobcats

Niagara's Jasmine Racine shoots over Florence on Monday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

NIAGARA, Wis. — Jasmine Racine and Maddie West did the bulk of the scoring and a 1-3-1 defense proved difficult to solve as Niagara downed Florence 50-27 in non-conference girls basketball Monday.

Racine scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the Badgers (5-2). West chipped in 16.

“We played a pretty good game,” said Badgers coach Karl Lamoreaux. “We had stretches where we played real well and stretches where we got stagnant. But more the most part we played really well.”

Lamoreaux instructed Racine to take more shots after attempting just 10 against Crivitz last week.

“Jasmine had a real good second half,” said Lamoreaux, expecting 15 to 20 shots per game from the sophomore.

The Bobcats (2-5) trailed 23-13 halftime and the difference was 18 with less than 12 minutes to go in the second half.

“We played fairly good defense but when we get on the offensive end we don’t take care of the ball,” said Coach Dave Bauer, his Bobcats credited with 26 turnovers. “Until we start taking care of the ball we’re going to struggle.”

The 6-foot-1 West plays the top of the 1-3-1 defense. Cassie Gill, a 5-10 sophomore, was another factor with 16 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Six-one Jessica Oratch also stood out with seven blocked shots.

“I was extremely happy with the defense,” said Lamoreaux, who installed the 1-3-1 this summer. “Maddie is athletic enough where she can chase up there. I think that’s the key to it. She’s so long and Cassie Gill is so long. They get their hands on a lot of balls.”

Jordyn Springer and Cassie Larson each scored eight points for the Bobcats.

“We didn’t look to the openings,” said Bauer, noting that Florence foes usually don’t play the 1-3-1. “But we haven’t seen the 1-3-1 enough to find the openings.”

Florence shot 15 percent from the floor. Niagara had 20 turnovers and shot 23 percent.

“Give it up to all the girls,” Lamoreaux said. “They played hard on defense. That’s what I really stress with them.”

The Badgers return to M&O Conference play Thursday at Marinette STAA. The Bobcats are off until a Jan. 2 trip to Crandon.

“We’ve got a little time to work on things,” Bauer said.

Florence defeated Niagara 31-22 in the junior varsity game.

Florence 13 14 — 27

Niagara 23 27 — 50

FLORENCE (27): Jordyn Springer 8, Larson 8, Jenna Springer 5, Gehlhoff 2, Seldon 3. Neuens 1. FT: 5-12. F: 15. 3PT: Jordyn Springer, Jenna Springer. FG shooting: 10-67. Rebounds: 36 (Jenna Springer 7).

NIAGARA (50): Oratch 4, Racine 19, West 16, Gill 4, Ki’Eircidy Hannah 7. FT: 8-16. F: 15. 3PT: West 2. FG shooting: 20-86. Rebounds: 50 (Gill 16).