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Girls Basketball: Badgers romp, Lady Cats fall

GOODMAN, Wis. — Niagara shut out Goodman-Pembine in the first half and defeated the Patriots 51-13 in non-conference girls basketball Thursday.

The Badgers (2-0) rolled to a 30-0 lead at halftime.

Jessica Oratch led the Badgers with nine points. Cassie Gill added eight points and Alyssa Cretton had eight with five steals.

Niagara held a 53-33 rebound advantage. GP had 28 turnovers.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Niagara visits Coleman to begin M&O Conference play while GP travels to Suring.

Niagara 30 21 — 51

Goodman-Pembine 0 13 — 13

NIAGARA: Allred 3, Bourassa 4, Brasure 2, Champagne 4, Cretton 8, Dunkes 1, Gill 8, Maki 5, Oratch 9, Payette 3, Pearson 2, Racine 2. FT: 5-8. F: 3. 3-point FG: Maki, Payette. FG shooting: 22-76. Rebounds: 53 (Maki 8, Gill 7, Brasure 6

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: K. Mauzer 2, K. Mauzer 9, Newlin 2. FT: 0-0. F: 8.

Bobcats bow

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence Lady Cats opened the home portion of the girls basketball season Thursday night with a 59-50 non-conference setback to the Crivitz Wolverines.

“We didn’t handle their(Crivitz) pressure at first, but got better as the game went along,” said Florence Coach Brad Perry, noting a 19-3 deficit to start the game had the Lady Cats down by 17 point at halftime.”

Florence only made four baskets in the first half, but went 9-16 from free throw line, attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line.

“We were more aggressive on both offense and defense, compared to Tuesday night at Niagara.” Perry said.

In the second half, Florence fought back to within five points in the final two minutes. Perry noted how proud he was of his team for fighting back from a double-digit halftime deficit, and for finishing the game strong.

“The fact that we had 26 turnovers and only lost by nine, is a huge plus,” Perry said. “Our 64% shooting from free throw line was great for us tonight as well.”

The Springer twin sisters combined for 36 points for the LadyCats. Jenna led the way with a team-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists and five steals. , Jordyn had 15 points.

Madison Neuens had a team-high 12 rebounds for Florence. Chloe Gruszynski, the reigning M & O Conference Player of the Year, had 24 points for the Wolverines.

Florence is off until traveling to Marinette on Monday, Dec. 2 to take on St. Thomas Aquinas in non-conference action. The following night, Florence travels to non-conference foe Norway for the Knights season and home opener.

Crivitz won the JV game 20-16 in OT.

Crivitz 36 23 — 59

Florence 19 31 — 50

FLORENCE: Jenna Springer 21, Jordyn Springer 15, M. Neuens 6, F. Neuens 4, Enders 2, Behrmann 2. FT: 16-25. F: 10. 3-point FG: Jenna Springer 4, Jordyn Springer 2. FG shooting: 14-57. Rebounds: 33 (M. Neuens 12)

CRIVITZ: Richlen 2, Bemis 4, Guns 4, Mueller 5, Spalding 2, Johnsen 12, Gruszynski 24, Vanlanden 6. FT: 9-11. F: 23. Fouled out: Guns.