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Badgers edge Cavaliers

Kim Gill photo NIAGARA SENIOR CASSIE Gill fires a jumper against St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday evening.

MARINETTE, Wis — Despite St. Thomas Aquinas registering two players in double figures, Niagara held off the Lady Cavaliers, 42-41, Thursday night in a Marinette-Oconto conference makeup game from Feb. 18.

Junior Alyssa Cretton led the Lady Badgers with 13 points, while Jaida Maki chipped in nine points. Cassie Gill snared a team-high 10 rebounds.

Lianna Baxter of STAA led all scorers with 17 points, while teammate Addison Pristelski chipped in 11.

A key to the game, was the Badgers only committed seven turnovers, while STAA turned the ball over 20 times.

Niagara (13-8), which never trailed in the basketball game, returns to action tonight to complete the regular season hosting Suring.

There was no JV contest due to the Cavaliers not fielding a JV squad.

On Tuesday, Niagara hosts White Lake in a round 1 WIAA Sectional matchup. A 7 p.m. tip-off is scheduled.

Niagara 21 23 — 44

STAA 19 22 — 41

NIAGARA: Oratch 6, Maki 9, Gill 7, Racine 1, Rock 6, Cretton 13. FT: 5-10. F: 6. Fouled Out: None. 3-point FG: Maki (3), Gill (2), Rock (2), Cretton. Rebounds 36 (Gill 10, Oratch 8). FG Shooting: 15-64.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Pristelski 11, Fewins 4, Beranek 3, Knox 4, Tebo 2, Baxter 17. FT: 2-4. F: 9. Fouled Out: None. 3-point FG: Pristelski (3). Rebounds: 45. FG Shooting: 18-51.

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