By Cole Walters
December 5, 2017
Wisconsin Rapids– The Wisconsin Rapids Girls basketball team welcomed Tomah on a cold Tuesday night in Wisconsin Rapids. Unfortunately for Rapids, it wasn’t a cold shooting day for Tomah as they were able to leave Rapids with a 65-45 victory.
Tomah started quick as they opened the game on a 9-2 run thanks in part to their defense forcing Wisconsin Rapids to commit turnovers. Wisconsin Rapids was able to get the score within 14-10 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Tomah was able to build upon their lead in the remaining 10 minutes of the first half as they went up 36-22 at halftime. Tomah was able to hit 5/9 3-point attempts which helped build their double-digit halftime lead.
To begin the second half, Wisconsin Rapids was able to spark a 7-0 run to get the score within 36-29 with just 3 minutes gone. All momentum Wisconsin Rapids had was quickly wiped away as the Tomah press defense sparked a 7-0 run on their own in just a span of 45 seconds.
After Tomah was able to answer with a 7-0 run of their own to go up 12 early in the second half, they were able to pull away from Rapids with their 3-point shooting as Tomah was able to hit 10 3-point field goals on the night.
Head coach Chris Bondioli of Wisconsin Rapids commented on the Tomah shooting, he said “Tomah has a deep team, they have four excellent 3-point shooters and seven returning players. Tough to take down a veteran team like that when they shoot that well.”
Leading the scoring for Wisconsin Rapids was forward Breally Kautzer with 11 points, and junior forward Hailey Wilhorn with 10 points.
When Breally Kautzer was asked about why the press caused the Wisconsin Rapids offense problems, she said “we were rushing our passes and weren’t paying attention to where defenders were on the court.”
Both Coach Bondioli and forward Breally Kautzer said that the team needs to “Improve on the mistakes from tonight and bring more intensity into our games upcoming.”
Wisconsin Rapids will now travel to Wausau East on Friday December 8th to open up their first game in conference play.