By David Stenklyft
November 27, 2018
Wausau–Behind a balanced scoring attack and dominance under the hoop, the Wausau West Lady Warriors dispatched a determined but outmanned Wausau Newman squad 75-36 at the West Gymnasium.
“I was pretty pleased,” said West Coach Tom Weinkauf after the game. “We came out aggressive, played hard. We had a couple of spurts that helped us, but a pretty solid game.”
Newman was trying to play giant killer, playing a squad four divisions higher than them and having to contend with a decided height advantage to the hosts.
Both teams opened up with full court pressure defense and it was West who solved the pressure first.
Two 8-0 runs propelled West to a 20-9 lead with 6:23 left in the first half. Several low post passes and put backs were the key to the run.
The visitors relied on outside shooting to try cut the advantage, but found that difficult, and second chances nearly impossible due to the taller, more physical West front line, led by Anna Cunningham, Tess Hauer and Kadie Deaton.
After the game Hauer was pleased with the result.
“I was happy the way the game went, you know when you play Newman, they are going to give you a game. I thought we communicated well, and our defense was great. Getting their post player in foul trouble and out of the game was big.”
Newman Head Coach Jason Vanden Elzen knew it was a tall task going into the game, and knew his team would have to shoot well to contend.
“We settled for some shots we shouldn’t have, that we don’t practice, that we don’t take. I’d rather see us go inside to outside for a three look, but they didn’t fall early and that hurt. I’m a believer that we’ll have a game where we hit more than we did tonight. We definitely should have kept it closer, whether it was the turnovers, or not communicating breaking the press, we didn’t do many things fundamentally to help us out. We didn’t box out well, did well at the line, but it is good to have this early season test, and we’ll be better for it.”
When Lauren Shields picked up her third foul with 3:22 left, West immediately took advantage as Hauer scored six consecutive points to run the lead to 29-17 at the 3:05 mark.
“I think our experience showed tonight, we were able to take advantage of some of their youth, but they fought right to the end,” said Weinkauf, “but I was also encouraged we identified that we could do some things underneath and we did it. In the second half, Anna kind of took over to lead us.”
The halftime score was 33-19, with West holding a 2-1 advantage in rebounds with many on the offensive end.
A 27-8 spree to open up the second half with eight points by Cunningham and six by Maddie Schires essentially sealed the game.
Hauer led the West scoring with 20 points, Schires added 14, Kylie Deaton 13 and Cunningham and Kiley Deaton added 12
Shields led the Cardinal scoring with 8 and Mackenzie Krach and Jaida Heinz. added 5