The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team advanced to 6-0 in the Great Northern Conference after defeating Antigo 55-42 at Sheldon Fieldhouse on Friday night and the second contest of the girls/guys doubleheader. Although it was hard for the Hodags to establish their temp during the slowed down packed-in defense for the Robins, they were still able to get the job done and remain the only unbeaten conference team in the GNC.
RHS forced 35 Antigo turnovers on the night, but also committed 21 themselves and struggled with the tempo. The Robins played a half-court set and packed their defense in. The Hodags started with their full-court press which gave Antigo early trouble and contributed to their turnovers.
It proved to be a slow start for both teams but Rhinelander never trailed. The Hodags took an early 8-4 lead after junior Cynthia Beavers scored on a steal and transition layup and junior Kenedy Van Zile followed with a drive to the rim. The Robins stayed close with a three-point from Antigo sophomore Greta Parsons and a free throw from senior Maya Gaedtke to pull them within one at 9-8.
RHS responded with a 9-3 run to rebuild their lead. The run was sparked by three triples from the Hodags from Kenedy Van Zile, sophomore Marissa Martin, and senior Brooke Mork that would put Rhinelander ahead 18-11. The Robins followed with five unanswered points before RHS had the final push to close out the first 18 minutes.
Rhinelander rallied in the final minutes with a 11-5 run which included a three-pointer from senior Payton Van Zile on an assist from her sister Kenedy. Freshman Annika Johnson scored on a drive and RHS scored the rest on free throws and would take a 29-21 lead at halftime.
The second half the Hodags' came out on another run, this time 9-2 that included eight consecutive points from Mork in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second half. The run put RHS up 38-23.
Midway through the final half, Antigo clawed back again with six straight points to pull within five at 41-34. But Rhinelander quickly answered and would extend their lead back to 15 and would hold on to earn the 13-point victory.
Kenedy Van Zile had the game high of 18-point but was over 10 points shy of her GNC average (29.8). Mork finished with 11 points and Beavers added a double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 points.
It also marked the halfway point in the Hodags' conference season and they have several important contests ahead of them including a road game at Mosinee on Friday night. RHS will then host runner-up in the GNC, Lakeland in a doubleheader at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium on Friday January 25th. The RHS girls will start the night at 6:00PM and the RHS boys basketball team will follow at 7:45PM. First the Hodags will have a tough non-conference game at Stevens Point on Tuesday.
The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball advanced to 4-0 in the Great Northern Conference after downing Tomahawk on the road 76-35. The Hodags had seven players connect on triples and shot just under 50% from beyond the arc to earn the 41-point victory at the Hatchet Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Rhinelander started the night with 12 unanswered points and would never look book from there. The Hodags forced the Hatchets into 28 turnovers alone in the first half after their full-court press. RHS used a combination of three-pointers and transition baskets to cruise to a 49-16 advantage at the break.
In the second half Rhinelander took of their press and focused in the half court, where Tomahawk dramatically cut down on their turnovers to eight. But the Hodags' offense once again proved too much for the Hatchets to handled. RHS started the half on a 13-1 run and would earn the 41- point win.
In all, seven Hodags connected on triples as they shot 48% from beyond the arc (12-25). Junior Kenedy Van Zile would have the game-high of 24 points which included four three pointers. Junior Cynthia Beavers was one rebound shy of a double-double and charte 12 points, nine rebounds including seven offensive boards.
Sophomore Rebecca Lawrence also added three triples to finish with 13 points. Payton Van Zile, Brooke Mork, Sophia McGinnis, Annika Johnson, and Ella Schiek all each added three-pointers in the win.
Tomahawk's top two players combined to score all but six of the Hatchets points. Tiffany DuPlayee recorded 18 points and Sierra Graeber charted 11 points.
RHS is now 6-5 overall and 4-0 in the Great Northern Conference standings. Rhinelander will host Medford at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium on Tuesday. Varsity tip-off is set for 7:15PM.
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