By David Keech
January 3, 2019
Abbotsford— Sometimes teams get on scoring runs and shoot lights out. For Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Abbotsford, that was not the case, however. Neither team excelled from the field, and in a tight game throughout the second half, Abbotsford held off W-B at the end, picking up a 32-31 nonconference win.
W-B was on fire early on, however, taking a 8-3 with two three-pointers to their credit. The Falcons then fought back, however, forcing three ties and taking and then taking a 16-14 halftime lead.
“We just came out slow, like we were playing at half speed. After our first time out, we kind of figured things out defensively,” said Abbotsford Head Coach Logan Rosemeyer.
After the break, the Falcons took a five point lead with four minutes gone on when Catie Clement connected with a three.
The Chargers came right back, though, and build their largest lead of the half, 31-28, with over five minutes to go.
Abbotsford took the lead for good when Kallie Falteisek drained a three-pointers from the top of the key with 3 minutes to go.
Defense was the theme the rest of the way, as neither team could score again. The Falcons’ defense was key to the win, Rosemeyer said.
“We talked about getting out on shooters more, not giving them open looks,” explained Rosemeyer.
W-B (31) King 7, Curley 6, Davids 6, Herb 12
Abbotsford (32) Kallie Falteisek 8, Melanie Kunze 9, Mariana Castillo 3, Shanna Kalepp 3, Samantha Maganda 5, Mya Ruesch 4