CWS Sports Desk
February 10, 2019
Wausau– It’s only February 10, but March Madness is here once again. The WIAA has released the pairings for the 2019 girls basketball playoffs and, as is customary, CWS takes a look at area teams, seedings and opponents in the opening rounds of the tournament.
Regional play will begin February 19.
All statistics, standings and records are as of February 10, 2019.
#5 SPASH vs. #12 D.C. Everest
Kimberly is a #1 seed and Appleton North a #2 seed in this sectional. SPASH is 15-5 overall as of February 10 and has earned at least a share of the Wisconsin Valley Conference title. If anyone hopes to stop SPASH, they will have to figure out a way to bottle up Leah Earnest, who averages a robust 27.4 points per game. Senior Madisyn Rogan provides a nice complement to Earnest and averages over 17 points per game. Rogan just crossed the 1,000 career point mark on Saturday against Chippewa Falls. The fact that SPASH is a #5 seed speaks to the strength of the teams in this sectional, primarily those from the Fox Valley Association. The Panthers average over 67 points per game. Everest has the tools to turn an upset. The Evergreens are fresh off a come from behind win over Wisconsin Rapids and hold a 8-11 overall record. Alexis Wojnowiak and Malorie Schmoll lead the Evergreens’ attack.
#16 Rapids vs. #2 Appleton North
Rapids is 7-13 overall and averages 51.6 point per game. The Red Raiders are 4-7 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference and are led by Maddie Paitel, who scores 12.1 points per game. Appleton North is 13-4 overall and is 13-2 in the Fox Valley Association. Niki Van Wyk is North’s leading scorer with a 12.5 ppg average.
#7 Wausau West vs. #10 Marshfield
Two Wisconsin Valley Conference rivals here, and Marshfield has to feel pretty good about this one as they defeated the Warriors on February 8. Still, West is not a team to be trifled with. They’ve got three bona fide scorers in Kadie Deaton (18.9 ppg), Maddie Schires, the all time leading scorer at West (18.4 ppg), and Tess Hauer (13.7 ppg). West is 15-4 overall and 8-2 in the Valley. Marshfield checks in at 9-11 overall. Jenna Jakobi leads the team with a 14.1 ppg average. Kaydee Johnson and Maddie Michaelis each average 10 ppg.
#4 Merrill vs. #12 Waupaca or #5 Lakeland Union
Merrill is 9-9 overall and 3-7 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. The Bluejays average 46.3 points per game and just came off of a win over Wisconsin Rapids on February 1. Lakeland is 12-6 overall and 8-2 in the Great Northern Conference. Waupaca has just one win on the season and currently sits with a 1-12 overall record.
#3 Rhinelander vs. #11 Wausau East or #6 Mosinee
Rhinelander is 13-5 overall. They are led by Kenedy Van Zile, who scores at a 26.1 points per game clip. Brooke Mork and Cynthia Beavers are also scoring threats for the Hodags. Wausau East has had a tough season, but should not be overlooked. Abby Thompson and Elizabeth Boulanger lead the Lumberjacks’ attack. Mosinee is 13-5 and averages 47.2 points per game. They are 7-3 in the Great Northern Conference. Mosinee lost to Rhinelander twice this season, once on November 30, 58-47 and again on January 18, 71-43.
#3 Adams-Friendship vs. #8 Nekoosa
Adams-Friendship checks in a 9-8 overall and is fresh off a 47-38 win over Wautoma on Friday night. A-F averages just about 35 points per game. Despite being the higher seed, A-F is actually tied with Nekoosa at 5-3 in the South Central Conference. Nekoosa beat A-F 42-37 on January 18. The two teams will play again on Feb. 15.
#2 Stratford vs. #7 Altoona or #10 Black River Falls
Stratford has had an incredible season so far, sitting at 13-5. The Tigers are 12-2 in the Marawood-South, just one game back in the loss column behind Newman Catholic. Breanna Ackley, Macie Schillinger and Blaire Lindner lead the Tigers, who average 48 points per game. Altoona is 10-9 overall and averages 32 points per game.Kayla Wiggins leads the team with a 14.1 points per game average. Black River Falls has won just two games so far and is 1-9 in the Coulee Conference.
#2 Amherst vs. #7 Peshtigo or #10 Northland Pines
Amherst is 17-1 so far and is fresh off a 50-40 victory over Mosinee on Friday night. The Falcons average 58.1 points per game and are 10-0 in the CWC-East. This is a really tough draw for either Peshtigo or Northland Pines. Look for the Falcons to make a deep run in the playoffs.
#4 Pacelli vs. #5 Auburndale
This is an interesting match up. Pacelli is 13-5 overall and 9-1 in the CWC-South. Their one conference loss came to 5-5 (in conference) Almond-Bancroft. Sarah Mueller and Emma Van Order are good scoring options for the Cardinals. Amanda Klasinski is also a scoring threat. Auburndale is 10-10 overall and averages 47.2 points per game. The Apaches are 6-8 in the Marawood-South and Natalie Aue leads the way in scoring with a 11.7 ppg average.
#1 Colby vs. #9 Marathon or #8 Phillips
The Hornets earned their #1 seed with a 19-0 record as of February 10. They feature a balanced attack that yields 60.6 points per game. Colby scored a whopping 89 points against Loyal on December 7. Ashley Streveler, Hailey Voelker and Alyssa Underwood each average in double figures for the Hornets. Vanessa Lopez and Lexi Underwood are also legitimate scoring threats. Marathon has won just four games this year and averages just 33 points per game, while Phillips is 7-11 overall and 4-10 in the Marawood-North.
#11 Spencer vs. #6 Abbotsford
Abbotsford is 11-6 overall and 7-6 in the Marawood-North. They average 44.3 points per game and are anchored by Kallie Falteisek and Melanie Kunze, both of whom average 13.9 points per game. Spencer is 3-15 and scores under 23 points per game. The Rockets are 2-12 in the Cloverbelt-East.
#2 Neillsville vs. #7 Westfield Area or #10 Chequamegon
Neillsville is 16-3 so far this season and 11-3 in the Cloverbelt East. Alli Schoengarth, Samantha Cappadora and Jaden Barth lead the way. Neillsville’s losses were to Gilman on December 4, Colby on Dec. 13 and Colby again on January 25. There’s a good chance Neillsville will have an opportunity to finally topple Colby should both teams advance as expected. Westfield area is 9-9 overall and 4-4 in the South Central Conference. Chequamegon is 3-14 overall.
#1 Newman vs. #16 Marion
Newman made it all the way to the state semifinal last year, and they’re on a mission to get back to Green Bay in 2019. There’s no reason to believe the Cardinals can’t do it. Newman is 17-3 as of February 10. Senior Mackenzie Krach is a scrappy player who can do it all. Jadelyn Ganski causes all kinds of match up problems, while Lauren Shields and Julia Seidel are legitimate scoring threats. It’s probably safe to say Marion (2-16) won’t pose much of a threat to end Newman’s season.
#2 Assumption vs. #15 Pittsville
Geographically, these teams are pretty close, but in terms of their basketball programs, they’re still miles apart. Assumption is 16-4 overall and the sum of their team is greater than the individual parts. Look for senior Elle Leberg to step up and provide leadership for the Royals as they begin their tournament run. Pittsville has won just two games so far this season and is averaging under 32 points per game.
#7 Athens vs. #10 Wild Rose
Athens is 10-7 heading into regional action and they sit at 6-7 in the Marawood-North. Kenadi Diedrich is one of the better scorers in the area and leads the team with a 19.7 points per game average, while Abby Van Rixel chips in 10.2 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. Wild Rose comes from the CWC-South where they own a 5-5 conference record and are 10-9 overall. They average 53.3 points per game. On paper, this one looks to be interesting, but give Athens the edge here playing at home.
#3 Loyal vs. #14 Tri-County
Loyal checks in from the Cloverbelt-East, which has some heavy hitters: Colby (15-0 in conference), Neillsville (11-3 in conference) and Owen-Withee (10-4 in conference). Loyal is 9-5 in conference and 13-6 overall. Loyal just lost a tough game to Colby that saw the Greyhounds down just two points at halftime. Loyal averages close to 51 points per game and scored 98 points against Gilman on January 8. Tri-County has won four games, but averages under 30 points per game and sits as 2-9 in the CWC-South.
#6 Edgar vs. #11 Almond-Bancroft
Edgar is 7-7 in the Marawood-South and 10-9 overall. Edgar plays a tough schedule, especially in conference where they have to deal with the likes of Stratford, Assumption and Newman virtually night in and night out. Makenna Guden leads the Wildcats with a 16.4 ppg average. A-B is fresh off a big win over Pacelli and is 8-10 overall. Michaela Stucker paces the team with a 13.1 ppg average.
#8 Northland Lutheran vs. #9 Port Edwards
N-L comes from the CWC-North where they are 7-2 in conference play, good for second place behind Manawa (11-0). N-L averages 50.7 points per game and is 13-6 overall. Port Edwards is 9-9 overall and 7-3 in the CWC-South. Kaitlyn Lyp averages 19.9 ppg and Jade Martin averages 12.2 ppg. N-L defeated Port Edwards 67-61 on November 27.
#4 Rosholt vs. #13 WVL
Rosholt has had a great season so far with a 13-4 overall record. They average nearly 53 points a game and are led by Jenna Trzebiatowski, who averages 10.5 ppg. WVL is 9-8 overall and 4-5 in the CWC-North. Simeon Schult and Cassidy Maroszek lead the team in scoring. Schult averages 16.7 ppg; Maroszek has a 15 ppg average. Schult also pulls down 10 rebounds per game.
#5 Columbus vs. #12 Tigerton
Columbus is 11-8 and fresh off a tough loss to Loyal on February 8. The Dons own a 7-7 record in the Cloverbelt-East. Addison Baierl leads the way with 12.7 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. Tigerton is 8-12 and 5-7 in the CWC-North.