Badgers turn back STAA, Pristelski

MARINETTE, Wis. — Niagara overcame 30 points from Alexa Pristelski to beat St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 64-51 in M&O Conference girls basketball Saturday.

The Badgers (15-4, 9-4), led by 18 points apiece from Cassie Gill and Jessica Oratch, moved to a 35-17 lead at halftime.

Pristelski hit seven three-point field goals. STAA has just five players on the team.

The Badgers close out the regular season Tuesday with Gillett and Coleman.

Niagara landed a third-seed in the WIAA Division 5 tournament. The Badgers will host No. 14 Goodman-Pembine on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Seventh-seeded Florence will host Bowler in a regional opener.

Oneida Nation and Wausaukee landed the top two berths, respectively.

Niagara 35 29 — 64

STAA 17 34 — 51

NIAGARA: Oratch 18, Racine 7, Cretton 4, Payette 3, Gill 18, Brasure 2, Maki 9, Hagerty 3. FT: 5-10. F: 10. 3-point FG: Payette 1, Gill 2, Maki 2.

STAA: Pristelski 30, Beranek 15, Benson 6. FT: 10-13. F: 12. 3-point FG: Pristelski 7.

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