Loading

16°F

13°F

17°F

13°F

16°F

19°F

17°F

17°F

14°F

16°F

17°F

17°F
NEWS STORIES

Oconto Falls Runs Past HodagsSubmitted: 02/19/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Oconto Falls seemingly couldn't miss in the first half, and the Panthers outpaced the Rhinelander High School girls basketball team 63-40 on Monday night in Rhinelander.

"We switched up three different defenses at them and they continued to score. We started out in a zone, we went back to man, and there wasn't really anything we could do to stop them. They were just on fire. Hats off to them," said Hodags assistant coach John Wright.

Wright stepped in to coach RHS, who was without head coach Mark Jacobson due to a bad stomach flu.

The Panthers nailed seven three-pointers on their way to a 44-17 lead at the break. Bay Conference leading scorer McKenna Larsen had 15 first-half points for Oconto Falls.


RHS outscored the visitors in the second 16 minutes, but it wasn't enough as the Hodags fell to 3-17 on the year. Oconto Falls improved to 16-5.


No player had more than seven points for the Hodags, who were led by Sydnei Smith in scoring. Four players had six points in a balanced attack.

"I'd like to see us with that balance. I think that's the makeup we have right now. We've been a heavily guard-dominated scoring team up until this point, but we have some potential to score some points in the paint," Wright said.

Hodag forwards Brianna Gilbert, Emily Fortier, and Riley Aschenbrenner combined for 16 points, nearly all of them in the post.

RHS sophomore Kylie Hunter continued her gradual recovery from a meniscus injury, chipping in six off the bench.

The loss breaks a streak of three consecutive good outings for RHS. They had beaten Lakeland and Tomahawk last week before hanging tough with conference leader Northland Pines on Friday.

RHS has one more game, home against Wausau East on Thursday, before entering postseason action.

"I think we match up well against East. I would like to continue to see our bigs score some more points," Wright said.

After that matchup, the Hodags will ready themselves for WIAA playoff play. RHS drew the lowest seed in their Division 2 half-sectional, entering as #10. They will travel to Minocqua next Tuesday to play #7 Lakeland in the first round. The winner of that game will hit the road to face #2 Medford in the Regional Semifinals.

Oconto Falls vs. Rhinelander
Monday, Feb. 19
Oconto Falls 22 22 12 7 63
Rhinelander 7 10 7 16 40
Oconto Falls (63): McKenna Larsen 17, Jennifer Spang 11, Erin Gilligan 8, Elizabeth Manns 7, Labecca Jones 7, Carly Lemke 6, Elizabeth Watzka 5, Annestashia Rabe 1, Bailey Wolf 1.
Rhinelander (40): Sydnei Smith 7, Brianna Gilbert 6, Kylie Hunter 6, Emily Fortier 6, Mara Meyer 6, Riley Aschenbrenner 4, Molly Williging 3, Brianna Bozek 2.
Three-pointers: OC 10 (Larsen 3, Gillian 2, Jones 2, Watzka, Manns, Spang), R 3 (Meyer 2, Hunter).


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

NORTHWOODS - The U.S. Forest Service will hire thousands of temporary workers this spring. Leaders at the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Service want to hire more than 50 temporary employees to work during summer. They're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and plenty of experience.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Police squad cars get a lot of wear and tear. That's why the Rhinelander Police Department needs to upgrade at least one of them every year.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Firefighters in the Rhinelander area saved a two story home from going up in flames Friday.

+ Read More

Play Video

ST. GERMAIN - The 13th Annual St. Germain Radar Run kicked off on Friday. The event draws thousands of people to St. Germain each year.

"Who doesn't want to see a sled going 135 miles an hour down a track or 169 [miles per hour]? It's a lot of excitement," said Assistant Race Director Amy Greenberg.

"So many people come into town. The motels are full. The restaurants, the pubs are all full," said Race Director Mark Hiller.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Super Bowl Sunday is the holy grail of football.

This time last year, more than 113 million people were preparing to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos battle for the Super Bowl title.

But it's what happens when the game stops that has experts talking.

Game time is primetime for the biggest advertisements of the year, many of which market alcohol with ads targeting teens.


+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - Authorities are investigating reports of beheaded chickens and roosters found in Milwaukee County parks.

The South Milwaukee Police Department investigated a report of a headless rooster found near tea candles at Grant Park.

The station says the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office investigated another chicken that was found with its head cut off at Bender Park, but the scene did not include candles there, just the beheaded chicken.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Many current high school students will need to know how to use the latest technology when they enter the workforce, which means they need to have more than just math, writing, and science skills.

Some Northwoods high schools have started offering different classes that develop 21st century skills.

The Media Productions class at Lakeland Union puts on a live broadcast for the school.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here