The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team earned a 76-66 road win against Mosinee on Friday night when they kicked off their Great Northern Conference schedule. The Hodags took advantage of free throws and made 31 to push past the Indians and marked their third straight win of the season.
Rhinelander guards Ally Seefeldt and Kenedy Van Zile led the way and each finished with 24 points. The Hodag duo combined for 27 points on free throws on their 48 points scored on the night despite foul trouble. Brooke Mork also scored double digits for RHS and added 12 points including a pair of three-pointers.
The Hodags' top scorers of the night all faced foul trouble in the first half, and Rhinelander relied on their bench to fill the guard voids on the flour. RHS would take a 31-21 lead at halftime. In the contest both teams combined for a surprising 59 fouls on the night.
Despite foul trouble, Rhinelander continued their full-court press but would generate most of their offense from the charity strip. RHS had a 17-point lead on a few occasions in the second half, but free throws also kept the Indians in the game as Mosinee pulled within single digits.
In the win, Rhinelander had seven players in all score. After P. Van Zile, Seefeldt, and Mork; Molly Wagler and Payton Van Zile each charted six points, Alayna Franson had three points, and Erika Jorgensen chipped in one. The biggest difference in the game, came down to made free throws. Mosinee only shot 41% from the line, while RHS made 72%.
The Hodags will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Ashland for a guys/girls doubleheader. The RHS boys' will play first at 5:45PM and the girls' will follow at 7:15PM.