WAUSAU, Wis. - Goodman-Pembine threw a mild scare into Wausau Newman Catholic in a WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional final Saturday night.
The Patriots trailed by just three points in the third quarter before falling to the Cardinals 53-33.
"They (Newman) are such a great team," Patriots coach Dennis Bilski told the Wausau Daily Herald. "They are so disciplined and well-coached. They are a fun team to watch."
Newman, a nemesis to Florence and Niagara over the years, held a 29-24 halftime lead. The difference was three points early in the third quarter when the Cardinals broke the game open with eight straight points.
Courtney Goyak scored 14 points and Rachel Stankevich had 13 for the Patriots (16-9). The juniors combined for 19 first-half points - 12 at the free throw line.
"We knew they had two very good ballplayers and early on, they were able to take control of things with a couple of pick-and-rolls and they controlled the boards," Newman Coach Tom Weinkauf said. "It was one-and-done for us."
The Patriots produced five points over the last 14:31 of the game, as Newman deployed a four corners, stall game.
"We won 16 games," Bilski said. "It was a real good season. I thought the kids played really hard, put forth a good effort. I was proud of them. They represented our area well."
Newman (18-7) and Phelps, a 34-30 winner over top-seeded Marion in another regional final, will clash Thursday at Antigo in a sectional semifinal.
Good.-Pem 11 13 4 5 - 33
Newman 10 19 12 12 - 53
GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Moloney 3, Claire Goyak 2, Stankevich 13, Parr 1, Courtney Goyak 14. FT: 13-16.
NEWMAN: Jankowski 4, Steif 14, Chapman 7, LaPree 4, Connolly 9, Grunow 2, Tubbs 13. FT: 11-17.
3-point FG: Tubbs 3, Steif 2, Connolly. FG shooting: GP 10-33, Newman 18-46.