Algoma wins battle of Wolves
Manawa girls end season with loss
By Greg Seubert
One thing was certain as the Manawa and Algoma girls’ basketball teams opened the WIAA state tournament Feb. 23 with a Division 4 regional at Little Wolf High School:
The Wolves were going to win.
The Algoma Wolves headed to the locker room at halftime trailing by nine points, but outscored the Manawa Wolves 29-14 in the second half and returned home with a 44-40 win.
Ninth-seeded Algoma advanced to the second round of the tournament and will face top-seeded St. Mary Catholic Friday, Feb. 25, in a regional semifinal, while eighth-seeded Manawa ended its season with a 14-11 record.
Cold shooting hurt Algoma in the first half, as Manawa built a 19-5 lead in the first half. Algoma cut the lead to eight points twice, but trailed 25-15 at halftime.
Algoma began chipping away at Manawa’s lead and eventually took its first lead – 34-33 – on a three-pointer.
Manawa never got the lead back, although Mikenna Wegener tied the game at 38-38.
Free-throw shooting hurt Manawa, as the Wolves made only six of 21 attempts.
Wegener scored 10 points to lead Manawa, while Algoma’s Emily Kirchman scored all of her game-high 12 points in the second half.