By Paul Lecker
Auburndale falls short vs. Newman
Wausau Newman Catholic pulled out to an eight-point lead by halftime and held off an Auburndale run to beat the Apaches 48-42 in a Marawood Conference South Division game Jan. 9 at Auburndale High School.
Jadelyn Ganski scored 15 points, and Julia Seidel scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, which included a pair of 3-pointers, as the Cardinals (10-2, 6-2 Marawood South) held on.
Auburndale managed to stay in the game with 46 rebounds, including 15 from Marissa Ponshock, but the Apaches only shot 24 percent from the field, making just 15 of 62 shots, and couldn’t catch up in the second half.
Ponshock and Natalie Aue each had 11 points for Auburndale (8-5, 5-4 Marawood South).
Auburndale’s game at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Jan. 11 was postponed to Feb. 15.
Columbus splits two
Columbus Catholic lost to first-place Colby 58-40 on Jan. 9 and responded with a 69-35 victory over Spencer on Jan. 12, to improve to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in Cloverbelt Conference East Division play.
The Dons were held to just 11 made baskets in the loss to Colby.
Marissa Immerfall led Columbus with 11 points, making 7 of 9 free throws, and Hailey Roehl added nine points.
Immerfall threw in 25 points and Morgan Albrecht made three 3-pointers and scored 20 in the victory over Spencer (1-11, 1-9 Cloverbelt East).
Baehr reaches 1,000-point milestone
Spencer senior Lexi Baehr surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her career, but the Rockets dropped their 10th-straight game, losing 39-35 to Granton on Jan. 9 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game at Granton High School.
Baehr scored 23 points, making three 3-pointers and 8 of 11 free throws, to move past the 1,000-point mark.
Spencer made just 11 of 72 shots overall, missing 22 of 27 3-point attempts in the loss.
Kristin Strey scored 19 points and Rhiannon Reimer added 14, both making three 3-pointers, for Granton.
Baehr had 18 points in the Rockets’ loss to Columbus Catholic.
Marshfield drops to 2-4 in WVC
Marshfield split a pair of Wisconsin Valley Conference road games, crushing Wausau East 77-34 on Jan. 9 and losing to Wausau West 76-67 on Jan. 12.
Hannah Meverden poured in 20 points and Jenna Jakobi added 18 in the win over East, to go 16-for-24 from the field as the Tigers shot 56 percent overall.
Meg Bryan hit five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 19 points for Marshfield against West. Jakobi added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Katie Osinski had 14 points in the loss.
Stratford tops Assumption
Stratford won for the sixth time in its last seven games, holding on to beat Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 47-40 in a Marawood Conference South Division game Jan. 9 at Assumption High School.
The Tigers jumped out to a 24-12 lead and despite making just four baskets from the field in the second half, held on for the victory by making 11 of 20 free throws.
Chelsey Gliniecki scored 10 points, and Mariah Zawislan and Kaylee Hollatz each added eight for Stratford, which is now 7-6 overall and 6-3 in the Marawood South.