By David Stenklyft
December 11, 2018
Weston– In the opening game of a boys/girls doubleheader at the Everest Fieldhouse, the Evergreen girls held off a stubborn Wausau East squad, leading from the start and winning 43-27.
“I think we played well in spurts, but we need to be more consistent, get more help from our bench, as we can’t play only five or six players. We’d like to see eight or nine players helping out,” said Everest coach Matt Bullis. “We’ve got to get better, as we get further into conference play.”
Both teams showed solid defense as the first points didn’t fall until 14:00 into the first half, with Everest’s Meghan Heil hitting a three from the corner.
The hosts ran the score to 11-2 on a basket by Alexis Wojnowiak after three put back tries from underneath by Malorie Schmoll.
Everest started five seniors, while East started one and both coaches agreed experience counted.
“I expect a lot from our seniors and I challenged them tonight. This team is full of great kids, and we need to get better,” said Bullis.
Both teams traded baskets through the end of the first half, as East could not get any closer than nine, ending the first half with a 25-16 lead.
The Evergreens came out of the break with a 10-0 run to bring the lead to 35-16 which prompted an East timeout.
“It was a pretty good game. It was nice to get the lead and then hold on to it,” said Evergreen senior Alexis Wojnowiak. “We’ve been playing together since like second grade so we have a good chemistry.”
“When I talked to the team after the game I told them I was so happy with the way they competed,” said East Coach Jeff Waldvogel. “We played a smart physical team who kind of beat us up inside, and it’s hard to compete with that. There was a period in the game where we could not score, and credit their defense.”
Both teams got a chance to play reserves in the final minutes, and East senior Malaya Merriweather and newly promoted freshman Lily Messman competed until the final whistle, who received coach Waldvogel’s praise.
“Malaya is a scrapper, she goes with great intensity, Lily is a player we’ve moved up to varsity. She is a little smaller than others, but she is a tenacious player.”
East Scoring: Thompson 10, Braatz 2, Messman 2, Gilles 3, Boulanger 4,Merriwether 6,
DC Everest Scoring: Minnehan 6, Wojnowiak 16, Schmoll 5, Anderson 2, Piette 2,Langseth 6, Heil 6