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W-F girls win seventh straight game in Iola

Weyauwega-Fremont handed Iola-Scandinavia a 56-35 defeat Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a Central Wisconsin 8 Conference girls’ basketball contest in Iola.

Both teams scored 12 points in the first quarter, but W-F started the second quarter with a 12-0 run and built a 28-19 halftime lead.

W-F’s Jenni Hellweg and teammate Mariah Hulbert teamed up to score the first 10 points of the third quarter, as the Indians built a 36-19 lead. The Thunderbirds never got any closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

The Indians had a 45-30 advantage in rebounds.

“The game can get out of hand real quick and there’s no denying we’re not a good rebounding team,” I-S coach Mark Wester said. “Believe me, we’re working on it, but it’s not there yet.”

The T-Birds also turned the ball over 15 times, while W-F finished with 12.

“The unforced turnovers are the ones you’re trying to avoid,” Wester said. ” I thought we played well in stretches and we have to build on that. Like I told the kids, you have to have more good stretches than bad stretches. Tonight, we had more bad stretches.”

“I think unselfish play and patience were the biggest keys to tonight’s win,” W-F coach Joel TItus said. “We worked for good shots and committed only 12 turnovers. Everybody chipped in one way or another. Jenni Hellweg had a solid game with 18 points, 14 rebounds and and three blocked shots. Macey Schoenick’s two three-pointers and Ellen Schroeder’s 11 rebounds really gave us a spark off the bench.”

“Weyauwega-Fremont shot better in the second half,” Wester said. “You can see how confidence grows and everything is better when the ball’s going in the basket. Tonight, we had some good shots and they didn’t go in. (Hellweg) impacted some of our plays in the middle, but that’s part of the game. You have to keep going at a taller player like that and maybe get her in a position where she’s going to commit a foul.”

Wester’s starting lineup included three freshmen and a sophomore.

“It’s so up and down, but that’s the case for every team,” he said. “Even the best teams are going to have moments in games and practices when they’re not doing exactly what the coach wants them to do. You need to stay positive with your team no matter what. We see growth with this young team. We hope to take these things we do well, gain confidence and keep improving on the little things.”

Besides Hellweg, Hulbert and Danielle Austreng also finished in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Elle Maus led the T-Birds with nine points, while Karina Welch finished with eight and Brooke Phillips chipped in with seven. Welch and Phillips shared rebounding honors with seven each, while Phillips added six assists.

W-F won its seventh straight game and improved to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the CWC-8, while the T-Birds fell to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

The Indians will head to Shiocton Friday, Jan. 13, while the T-Birds will host Stratford Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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