The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team bounced back after a tough non-conference loss against Marshfield and went undefeated at the annual Tom Kislow Memorial Tournament in Wausau over the weekend. The Hodags' earned 68-52 win over host, Wausau East on Friday night. And RHS would close the tournament Saturday afternoon and defeated Cadott 68-46.
Rhinelander would earn both non-conference wins in similar fashions. The Hodags used full-court pressing and would account for a many of their points in transition and had two guards step up offensively. Sophomore Kenedy Van Zile and senior Ally Seefeldt would both finish with double digit points in the Hodags' two victories.
In their first game of the TK Memorial Tournament, Rhinelander didn't waste any time and used their pressure defense to build an 11-point advantage at the break. The second half, the Lumberjacks would cut that lead to single digits on a few occasions, but the Hodags would respond back and built on their lead and would eventually earn the 16-point win.
Seefeldt and Gracie Reineking of Wausau East would share the game-high, and each recorded 26-points on the night. Point-guard Kenedy Van Zile also had a strong showing offensively and finished with 21 points for the Hodags. Van Zile would rally in the first half and charted 18 of her 21 points in the first half of the contest.
On Saturday afternoon and Rhinelander final game of the tournament, the Hodags led from start to finish and pulled away for the 22-point victory against Cadott. The Hodags' also got to get several players quality minutes including several players on the JV roster, who qualify for one half.
Rhinelander set the tone early and raced out to an 8-0 lead with the help of their full-court press. And after the Hornets connected on their first two baskets of the game, RHS would score 12-unanswered points to go up 20-4 after junior Brooke Mork hit a baseline three and also had an offensive rebound and put back on the next possession. Seefeldt also scored on the run, and also connected on three free throws.
The Hodags didn't slow down, and would cruise to a 41-19 lead at halftime. Cadott would score back-to-back three pointers to early in the second half. But RHS would still maintain about a 20-point lead most of the second half. With a convincing advantage, Coach Ryan Clark was able to give more than his varsity lineup playing time.
With about 10 minutes left in the game, Rhinelander saw minutes for several of their JV players including freshman Rebecca Lawrence, freshman Hannah Worachek, and Kendra Durkee. Lawrence led RHS in the last part of the second half and charted six points and three rebounds. Worachek and Sophia McGinnis and add three rebounds each as well, and Durkee scored and had a rebound as well. Rhinelander went on to earn a 68-46 win.
Three Hodags' finished with double digit points against the Hornets and they were once again led by Seefeldt, who recorded 21 points. Mork would finish with 19 points and Van Zile added 10 points. Cadott's Cailin Rineck finished with 17-points.
RHS advanced to 2-1 on the year after going undefeated over the weekend. Rhinelander will now prepare for their Great Northern Conference season that will begin on Friday at Mosinee.