By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net

December 11, 2018

Wausau- For the past week, the Newman Catholic girls basketball team has had the taste of defeat in their mouths.

At the end of their Tuesday night game against Assumption, that taste had been completely washed away.

The Cardinals got the Royals in foul trouble early and kept them from establishing their inside game as they went on for a 62-52 victory in a Marawood Conference South-Division contest.

With the win, the Cardinals bounce back from a five-point defeat a week ago at the hands of Stratford while the Royals have now dropped their second straight contest- falling to Neillsville last Friday.

“We were in an attacking mindset,” Newman coach Jason Vanden Elzen said. “Teams know we’re a 3-point shooting team, but we didn’t have to do that a lot tonight.”

The Cardinals and Royals traded baskets and leads in the early going of the first half, but as time went on, the Cardinals opened up their inside game and attacked the basket and got the Royals in foul trouble. By halfway through the half, Newman was already in the bonus and had sent Assumption leading scorer, Madalyn Bohn, to the bench with foul trouble.

Before all was said and done, Newman held a 32-24 lead at the intermission.

“We had a hard time getting into a rhythm offensively and even with our rotation with our foul trouble,” Assumption coach Ryan Klein said. “Then in the second half we couldn’t shrink their lead and they say at about a 10-point lead the whole time.”

Newman was led by Lauren Shields with 16 points with Julia Seidel dropping 11, but arguably the biggest impact was felt by freshman Layne Draxler who notched eight points in the paint and had a huge part in the Royals not getting their offense going when Bohn was in foul trouble.

But in the second half, it was the Cardinals who were in the foul trouble, but Assumption’s inability to get their offense going is what kept them from closing the gap and overtaking the Cardinals.

Assumption was led by Madalyn Bohn with 27 points with Grundhoffer chipping in with 14.

“This was really a team victory,” Vanden Elzen said. “We knew we had to be ready when they made a run like they did in last year’s regional final game, and we were.”

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Assumption

24

28

52

Newman Catholic

32

30

62

ASSUMPTION (52): Madalyn Bohn 27, Jessie Grundhoffer 14, Emily Bohn 4, Elle Leberg 4, Kendall Schmidt 3. 18-51, 14-20 – 52.

NEWMAN CATHOLIC (62): Lauren Shields 16, Julia Seidel 11, Mackenzie Krach 9, Jaida Heinz 9, Jadelyn Ganski 8, Layne Draxler 8, Angela Rougeot-Donath 1. 19-50, 22-31 – 62.

3-Pointers: Newman Catholic 2 )Seidel, Heinz.) Assumption 2 (Leberg, Grundhoffer.)

Records: Newman Catholic 6-3 overall, 4-1 Marawood Conference South-Division, Assumption 5-2 overall, 3-1 Marawood Conference South-Division.