Girls basketball: Niagara gets 56 boards, 90 shots in runaway win

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara’s offense was overwhelming in a 59-27 rout against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in an M&O Conference game Thursday.

The Badgers (15-5, 9-5), with a size advantage over STAA, grabbed 56 rebounds to extend offensive opportunities. As a result, Niagara put up 90 shots, making 24 of them.

“First half, we were getting the shots we wanted, they just would not go in,” Niagara head coach Karl Lamoreaux said. “Second half, we shot much better. About 40 percent in the second half, but under 20 in the first half. Girls played hard. We’ve had a couple of good games in a row before the tournament. I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Two Niagara players recorded a double-double. Jessica Oratch scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Maddie West had 13 each.

The Badgers outrebounded STAA 56-30.

“We have a pretty big size advantage against them. We were able to get the ball into the post, we just couldn’t finish on anything,” Lamoreaux said of the first half. “We were getting offensive rebounds and the ball was bouncing off the rim instead of going through it. In the second half, they did more shooting instead of just throwing it up there. Of course it went a little better that way.”

Niagara JV won 42-30 behind Jada Maki’s 20 points.

The Badgers play at Gillett on Tuesday.

Niagara 21 38 — 59

STAA 9 18 — 27

NIAGARA (59): Racine 16, West 13, Oratch 12, Maki 5, Ki’Ercidy Hannah 5, Ivey 4, Gill 3, Khalajia Hannah 1. FT: 5-11. F: 8. FG: 24-90. 3PT: 6 (Racine 5, West 1). Rebounds: 56 (Oratch 14).

STAA (27): Pristelski 10, Beranek 8, Lefebvre 5, M. Benson 4. FT: 4-7. F: 6. Rebounds: 30.

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