EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Northern Wisconsin coach Ryan Clark of Rhinelander was a bit uncomfortable calling it good protection when his group gave up 99 factors in Wednesday’s Kiwanis Traditional Border Bash.
And whereas the boys sport later within the night time featured little protection, he thought that was the distinction in his group’s 108-99 win over Northern Michigan.
Wisconsin trailed by as many as 10 factors within the first half and was down by 4, 52-48, on the half, earlier than turning the tables early within the second half and taking a double-digit lead.
To be honest, scoring is sure to be up with the video games lasting 52 minutes in comparison with 32 (Michigan) to 36 (Wisconsin) in a traditional highschool sport.
“At halftime, we simply talked a bit bit about I assumed they have been driving on us fairly aggressively,” Clark mentioned. “So we needed to get into assist a bit bit extra, get within the hole. … The second half, I assumed they performed actually good protection, though I don’t normally say nice protection once you go away a group to 99 factors, however I assumed did a very nice job defensively.”
It was the second straight win for Wisconsin, which leads the matchups 4-3.
About 4.5 hours earlier than the sport, they have been nonetheless studying one another’s names. Proper earlier than the sport, Clark warned his group about his competitiveness and his need to win the sport though it’s simply an all-star sport.
“And at halftime, they have been like, man, let’s go win this one,” he mentioned. “Tremendous gifted younger women.”
Waukesha Catholic Memorial’s Alyssa Nimz, a Northern Michigan College recruit, scored 29 factors to guide all scorers and take residence MVP honors again to southeastern Wisconsin.
“I believe she may do just a bit little bit of all the things,” Clark mentioned. “She’s simply tremendous expert. And she or he’s like a 6-foot position-less participant. She performs inside, she will be able to play outdoors, she will be able to publish up, shoot it, she hits her free throws and she will be able to lead us on the break. However once we wanted a basket, I felt like we may at all times go to her and he or she’d discover a method. So tremendous gifted participant … she undoubtedly earned the MVP.”
Edgar’s all-time main scorer, Makenna Gruden (5-7), scored 24 factors, Merrill’s Courtney Krueger (5-5) had 15 and Alexa Thomson (5-8) of West De Pere scored 15.
Michigan coach Jacky Besonen of Ewen-Trout Creek thought her group went chilly within the second half.
“We didn’t shoot properly,” she mentioned. “We went on a run there the place it appeared like we have been making nothing. They usually have been hitting some good pictures, too. So I believe that was an enormous distinction.”
Menominee’s Emma Anderson led Michigan with 17 factors. She was an All-U.P. Dream Workforce choice the previous two years and he or she was Miss U.P. Basketball as a junior. Her teammate Erin Barette scored 13.
Clark mentioned Anderson damage them within the first half the way in which she shot the ball, she had 12 factors within the half. He mentioned Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin, this 12 months’s Miss U.P. Basketball, was a troublesome guard — “she’s fast and aggressive and he or she had a bit size to her.”
“They completed properly and their guards are fast,” he mentioned.
St. Ignace’s Hallie Marshall completed with 14 factors. Maija Rice of L’Anse scored 12.
Each Ewen-Trout Creek gamers have been in double figures with Abbie LeGault scoring 13 and Elise Besonen getting 11.
Surrounded by scorers, Besonen, the U.P. Division 4 Participant of the 12 months, was in a position to be a real level guard, and he or she did properly establishing her teammates, together with her longtime teammate LeGault.
“She wasn’t seeking to rating very a lot in any respect, she was distributing,” coach Besonen mentioned of Elise. “I assumed she performed a very good sport so far as taking good care of the ball and distributing.”
“(LeGault) performed very properly, she had some good rebounds.”
Besonen received the 3-point competitors at halftime.
Coach Besonen mentioned it was apparent the ladies who have been teammates in highschool, like Besonen and LeGault, and the Menominee and St. Ignace women, as there isn’t a lot time to get used to every in any other case in the course of the one-day occasion.
She was impressed with the protection from the St. Ignace teammates of Emmalee Hart and Marshall.
Michigan 52 47 — 99
Wisconsin 48 60 — 108
Michigan (99) — Nicole Kamin (Escanaba) 9, Emmalee Hart (St. Ignace) 8, Erin Barette (Menominee) 13, Hallie Marshall (St. Ignace) 14, Maija Rice (L’Anse) 12, Abbie LeGault (Ewen-Trout Creek) 13, Elise Besonen (E-TC) 11, Emila Palomaki (Negaunee) 1, Emma Anderson (Menominee) 17, Ellie Miller (Westwood) 1. FTs: 17-26. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Besonen 3, Anderson 2, Kamin 1, Barette 1, Rice 1.
Wisconsin (108) — Makenna Gruden (Edgar) 24, Courtney Krueger (Merrill) 15, Kylie Higgins (Laona-Wabeno) 0, Brooke Widerman (Amherst) 7, Rebecca Lawrence (Rhinelander) 9, Kiandra Hartman (Prentice) 6, Amaya White (Lakeland) 3, Alyssa Nimz (Catholic Memorial) 29, Alexa Thompson (West De Pere) 15. FTs: 20-28. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Widerman. 3-pointers: Gruden 3, Krueger 1, Widerman 1, White 1, Nimz 1, Thompson 1.