The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team took care of business in a Great Northern Conference contest at Tomahawk on Monday night. The lady Hodags dominated the Hatchets 65-15 and advanced to 6-0 in the GNC standings.
Rhinelander's tough full court pressure defense was too much for the Hatchets to handle, which generated several easy transition baskets. Even after taking off their press, the Hodags scored 24 unanswered points and would cruise to a 50-6 lead at halftime.
The Hodag would use their starters at the beginning of the second half, but just over three minutes in, Coach Ryan Clark called a timeout to pull his starters and to give several JV players and underclassmen to get solid varsity minutes. Although RHS only scored 15 minutes in the final 18 minutes, the early damage was already done and would earn the 51-point victory.
Seniors Kenedy Van Zile and Cynthia Beavers not only led Rhinelander's offense on the night, they proved to be the top defenders as well. Van Zile scored the game-high of 25 points and also added nine steals in just over 21 minutes of play. While Beavers recorded 19-points and pulled down nine boards.
Tomahawk did have a small run against Rhinelander’s bench but that was short lived as sophomore Annika Johnson sparked their offense. Johnson scored six unanswered points and would finish the night with 10 points. Sophomore Brynn Brzycki also chipped in nine rebounds in the second half for RHS.
Rhinelander was also without two starters; Rebecca Lawrence and Ella Schiek who were both out with injuries. Lawrence, the Hodags' second top scorer, sustained a knee injury at Antigo. And Schiek was out with a hand injury.
The Hodags will shift their focus to Friday where they will have a much tougher matchup, when they host Marshfield at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. The Tigers are 5-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference and 6-5 overall this season. Tip-off is set for 7:15PM.