By Cole Walters
January 4, 2019
Stevens Point– The SPASH Panthers girls basketball team welcomed in the D.C. Everest Evergreens for a Valley Conference matchup on Friday, January 4. The Panthers were looking to extend their winning streak to seven games, and they did so with a 77-54 victory.
The Panthers got the game started off quickly in the opening minutes. SPASH went on a 14-2 run five minutes into the game thanks to 4/5 shooting from the field and going 2/3 from 3-point range.
The Evergreens answered the SPASH run with an 11-4 run of their own that spanned five minutes, and would trail the Panthers 18-13 with 10 minutes and 22 seconds left in the first half. That would be as close as the Evergreens could get to SPASH, as the Panthers made a living at the free-throw line. The Panthers were 15/17 in the first half from the charity stripe, while Everest went only 1/2. The Panthers held a 34-24 advantage at halftime thanks to their hot free-throw shooting.
SPASH head coach Kraig Terpstra was asked about the free-throw differential.
“The kids ran a good offense tonight and were aggressive in the paint,” Terpstra said. “We didn’t settle for tough jump shots and that showed in the first half and continued on throughout the game.”
The Panthers went on to start the second half as they did the first half with a run that seemingly took the Evergreens out of the game. The Panthers opened the half on a 12-2 run four minutes into the second half thanks to senior guard Madisyn Rogan scoring 7/12 of the points. The Panthers stretched the lead to 46-26 with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers would maintain a lead of at least 17 points the rest of the game and went on to claim the 77-54 victory.
Senior guard Madisyn Rogan said, “Our outside shooting helped our team pull away tonight. Tonight we had Rachel Lummis hitting threes, we had Joleece Pecore hitting some off the bench, and we had Zoe Fink chipping in as well. It’s tough on teams to key on one player when we space the floor that well. Hopefully we keep up the good shooting come next week.”
The Panthers went on to finish the game 25/29 from the free-throw line, with junior forward Leah Earnest leading the way making 11 out of her 13 free-throw attempts.
The Evergreens finished 10/12 as a team from the free-throw line which became a difference in the game.
Alexis Wojnowiak led the Evergreens with 15 points.
With the victory, the Panthers improve to 4-0 in the Valley Conference and remain tied for first with Wausau West. The Panthers are now 8-3 overall and will return home on Tuesday January 8th when they take on Wausau East at 7:15 P.M.
Everest falls to 4-6 overall and 2-2 in Valley play.
D.C. Everest: Hanna Stuedemann 8, Olivia Fernstaedt 3, Zoe Minnihan 3, Alexis Wojnowiak 15, Malorie Schmoll 4, Kiara Hammond 2, Gabby Anderson 2, Paige Ziarnik 3, Emma Piette 2, Meghan Heil 12
Stevens Point: Rachel Lummis 11, Alyssa Standifer 3, Kylie Klismith 2, Joleece Pecore 5, Kaylee Hintz 10, Madisyn Rogan 23, Zoe Fink 6, Leah Earnest 17