The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team split a pair of games starting on Friday at the Tom Kislow Memorial Tournament at Sheldon Fieldhouse in Antigo. On Friday the Hodags used a fast tempo to down Wausau East 81-49 but on Saturday would fall 59-30 to Eau Claire Regis.
RHS is now 2-2 this season after facing two opposite opponents this weekend. First against the Lumberjacks who finished near the bottom of the Wisconsin Valley Conference, the Hodags pressed and used a high temp play to take advantage of some quick transition buckets. While against Regis, the game was primarily half-court with a quality team that held a height advanced over Rhinelander. RHS was unable to keep up with the Rambles and struggled offensively and defensively as well. Eau Claire is also a favorite to win the Cloverbelt West Conference.
In there win against the Lumberjacks, RHS used an 18-2 run to build a 21-point advantage and never looked back. The Hodags' defense also forced East to committee more than 30 turnovers. RHS would take a convincing 44-19 lead at halftime. And the second half proved to be the same, as the Hodags' would take advantage of their depth and speed to earn an 81-49 victroy.
In the win, Rhinelander had 10 different players score and was led by junior point guard Kenedy Van Zile who finished with 25 points. Senior Brooke Mork wasn't far behind and had 18 points. And sophomore Rebecca Lawrence added nine points and sophomore Marissa Martin chipped in eight.
Saturday, the tides changed as Rhinelander faced much tougher competition, and would fall by 29 points as they committed 30 turnovers. It also didn't help RHS was 8-50 from the field which included 2-17 from three-point line.
Eau Claire started on an 11-3 run before Martin and Lawrence hit back-to-back triples, and the only two of the evening for the Hodags to bring the back within eight points. It also proved to be hard for both teams to get in an offensive rhythm after both teams combined with not only the number of turnovers on both ends, but there were 46 total fouls called. Regis would take a 34-20 advantage at halftime.
Rhinelander only scored 10 points in the second-half while Eau Claire added another 25 points including a 16-5 run to start the half. Regis would earn the 59-30 win and handed RHS their second loss of the year.
Van Zile led Rhinelander in the second game with 12 points, but she did not make a field goal until midway through the second-half. All three of her baskets came in the second half, and would prove to be the only shots RHS would make in the final 18 minutes. Junior Cynthia Beavers finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds which included four offensive boards.
Eau Claire had two players score in double-digits; Teryn Karlstad and Marne Milanowski. Karlstad finished with a double-double; 19 points and added 14 rebounds. While Milanowski went 3-3 from beyond the arc and added 17 points.
Rhinelander will open their Great Northern Conference season on Friday night when they host Mosinee. Tip-off is set for 7:15PM at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.