The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball didn't need long on Tuesday night to prove they were the superior team. The Hodags would rout Tomahawk 67-22 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
Rhinelander started the night in their 1-2-2 full-court press and race out and score 27 unanswered points in under six minutes of action. Kenedy Van Zile led the rally and charted 15 of the 27 points. Senior Maddie Meyer also came up big for RHS and connected on back-to-back triples as well. And junior Brooke Mork also had 12 points in the first half.
The Hatchets were also without their top scorer, Sierra Graeber. Tomahawk finally broke Rhinelander’s scoring streak with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first when Jennifer DuPlayee had a baseline shot.
The Hodags would cruise to a 46-7 lead at halftime even after taking off their full-court press. Most of the second-half, Coach Ryan Clark used to get his bench plenty of playing time, including several junior varsity players.
Rhinelander would lead by as much at 49-poinst and the game went into running clock with nine minutes left in the final half. Senior Ally Seefeldt would score three early baskets to start the second-half and finished with 10 points on the night. Freshman Rebecca Lawrence, who played the JV game was eligible for one-half of varsity, and would rally for nine points in the second half, as eight Hodags would score on the night.
The Hodags are now 3-1 in the Great Northern Conference and 6-5 overall this season. Rhinelander will be on the road on Tuesday to face Medford. The Raiders also are 3-1 in the GNC.