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By Paul Lecker
Columbus Catholic wins two Cloverbelt games
Marshfield Columbus Catholic hit 10 3-pointers, including three in the second half by Addison Baierl, and the Dons topped Gilman 55-52 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Dec. 14 at Gilman High School.
Baierl scored all 12 of her points on four 3-point baskets, and Morgan Albrecht added 15 points with four more 3-pointers for the Dons, who are now 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Cloverbelt East.
Columbus Catholic trailed 25-21 before storming back in the second half, outscoring the Pirates (4-2, 3-2 Cloverbelt East) by seven in the second half.
The Dons beat Spencer 51-40 on Dec. 11, forcing 25 turnovers in the win.
Columbus put together a 10-0 run, highlighted by four points from Maren Seefluth and a 3-pointer by Morgan Albrecht, to go ahead 29-13, and the Dons led by double digits the rest of the game.
Seven different Dons scored and 11 players saw minutes on the floor during the win. Marissa Immerfall had 18 points to lead Columbus. Lexi Baehr scored a game-high 26 points for the Rockets.
Stratford snaps losing skid
After a tight first half, Stratford upped its defensive pressure and held Prentice to just 11 points to beat the Buccaneers 44-30 in a nonconference game Dec. 15 at Stratford High School.
Stratford (2-5) trailed 19-18 at halftime, but held Prentice (5-2) to just 11 points in the second half, to pull away for the win.
Despite shooting just 11 of 45 from the field, Stratford was able to grab the victory by making 19 of 26 free throws. Mariah Zawislan led Stratford with 11 points. Brenna Ackley had 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, Blaire Linder added nine points, and Taya Nett made 8 of 11 free throws for all eight of her points for the Tigers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Tigers dropped a home Marawood Conference South Division game to Marathon 57-50 on Dec. 12. Kaylee Hollatz made two 3-pointers, and scored eight points, to lead Stratford. Six other Tigers scored six in the loss.
Marshfield drops two WVC games
Wisconsin Rapids came back from a six-point halftime deficit to upend Marshfield 58-48 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) game Dec. 14 at Lincoln High School.
Marshfield (1-4, 0-2 WVC) led 26-20 at halftime before the Raiders (2-5, 2-1 WVC) dominated the second half to win going away.
Wisconsin Rapids outscored Marshfield 38-22, to pull out the double-digit victory.
Marshfield shot just 29 percent from the field, making only 17 of 58 shots, and also was just 5 of 20 from 3-point range and 5 of 10 at the free throw line.
Jenna Jakobi led the Tigers with 14 points, Meg Bryan added 13 points, and Hannah Meverden had 12 rebounds in the loss.
Marshfield lost at Stevens Point on Dec. 12, 62-47. Katie Osinski scored 11 points and Jakobi had 10 for the Tigers.
Auburndale wins twice
Auburndale improved to 6-2 this season with a pair of wins last week.
The Apaches beat Edgar 58-21 in a Marawood Conference South game Dec. 12, and Abbotsford 51-44 in a nonconference game Dec. 15 at home.
Against Edgar, Auburndale led 21-7 at halftime and put up 37 more points in the second half. on its way to the victory.
Marissa Ponshock had 14 points, and Natalie Aue had 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Auburndale.
Isabelle Hilber scored a season-high 20 points, making 4 of 6 3-point attempts, to lead Auburndale past Abbotsford. Ponshock added eight points and 10 rebounds.