CWS Sports Desk
March 4, 2019
Wausau– It’s that time again. The Newman Cardinals return to state where they will take on Clayton in semifinal action on Friday morning at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Let’s take a look at the game essentials and the numbers for each team to see how they stack up against each other.
What: #2 Clayton (26-0) vs. #3 Newman Catholic (24-3)
Game time: Approximately 10:45 a.m.
Parking: Various lots, $6 each
What’s on the line: The winner will advance to the state championship game on Saturday at 11:05 a.m. where they will face the winner of #1 Black Hawk (26-0) vs. #4 Fall River (24-3).
Clayton is 26-0 and comes from the Lakeland Conference’s central division where, unsurprisingly, they won the conference title with a 12-0 record. The second place team, Cameron, was 10-2 in conference play. The Bears average 62.6 points per game* and have a trio averaging in double figures. Kailey Ketz leads the way with a 14.9 ppg average, followed by Kennedy Patrick (14.4 ppg) and Alison Leslie (13.9 ppg). Ketz, Patrick and Leslie shoot a lot of three pointers, and all of them hit threes at about 40% or above. Leslie’s three point shooting percentage is 48%.
Newman comes in averaging 59.4 points per game. The Cardinals were 15-1 in the Marawood-South, good enough to win the conference crown. Newman’s lone loss in conference play was against Stratford way back on December 4. Junior Jadelyn Ganski leads the way with a 14.7 ppg average. Junior Julia Seidel averages 13.9. The Cardinals are a pretty balanced team, and when you throw senior Mackenzie Krach and junior Lauren Shields into the mix, they’ve got a lot of scoring options. Angela Donath-Rougeot, Alex Frankel and Jaida Heinz have all played quality minutes in supporting roles and will likely see time on the big stage come Friday.
Newman and Clayton have a common opponent this season: Prentice.
Clayton beat Prentice in the sectional semifinal 62-22. Newman defeated Prentice on November 29 by the final score of 61-36. So take that for what it’s worth.
Clayton is giving up just 30 points per game in its playoff run. The highest total allowed by Clayton in the playoffs was 45 to Clear Lake.
Newman has given up a total of 185 points in total over its playoff run and limited those teams to 37 points per game on average.
Newman’s press figures to be a major factor in this game. Both of the Cardinals’ sectional opponents, Assumption and Wausaukee, handled Newman’s press relatively well. But Newman’s pressure defense isn’t always about forcing turnovers, it’s about getting the pace and rhythm of the game tilted in their favor.
Clayton primarily runs a man-to-man defensive scheme and employs zone pressure.
Both teams have state experience. Clayton is making its fourth straight appearance and its fifth overall. Clayton has not made it beyond semifinals in any of their previous trips to state… Newman is making its 12th state appearance and second in a row… Newman has just one senior on the squad, Mackenzie Krach, while Clayton has seven seniors… Newman’s last state title came in 2011… Clayton’s enrollment is 114, Newman’s is 121…
*All stats via WSN