Jan. 28, 2020
By Scott Williams
WESTON – Wausau East and D.C. Everest tooks turns making runs in their Wisco nsin Valley Conference girls basketball matchup Tuesday night.
The game came down to the wire and someone needed to step up and make some plays down the stretch to secure a win.
DCE sophomore guard Kiara Hammond gladly accepted that role.
Hammond converted a steal into a basket and added a pair of free throws with 14.5 seconds left to give D.C. Everest a 60-58 thrilling win over the Lumberjacks.
Hanna Steudemann, who led all scorers with 22 points, connected on two free throws to tie the game 52-52 with 2:18 left in regulation. Hammond finished with 15 points.
The Evergreens build a 29-22 cushion at the break before the Lumberjacks found their scoring touch.
East opened the second half on a 30-16 run to grab a 52-45 lead only to go scoreless over the next three minutes.
Abby Thompson topped the Lumberjacks in scoring with 19 points. Lily Messman and Elizabeth Boulanger each chipped in with 12.
Wausau West 1, D.C. Everest 0
WAUSAU – The second-ranked Warriors remained unbeaten in Wisconsin Valley Conference play despite a valiant effort by the Evergreens in their upset bid.
Connor Healy struck for a power-play goal late in the third period and Adam Prokop stopped nine shots for the shutout between the pipes to help West prevail in the defensive battle.
The goal was the first of the season for Healy and came with the Warriors on a 4-on-3 man-advantage.
DCE goalie Ethan Hurt did everything he could to keep his team in the game, finishing with 37 saves.
The Warriors move to 7-0-0 in the WVC while the Evergreens drop to 3-2-1.