RHS: Girls Basketball
Lady Hodags Down Lakeland 37-32, End 10-Game Skid
By Adam Matyska | Published: 02/12/2013
It took nearly two months, but the Rhinelander High School girls’ basketball team has snapped its 10-game losing streak and earned win No. 2 of the season.
The Lady Hodags played consistent ball, hitting their shots when it mattered most and showing solid defense, in upending the Lady Thunderbirds 37-32 Tuesday at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
Rhinelander sought to redeem itself after an earlier meeting this season in Lakeland saw the T-Birds defeat the Hodags 48-30. This time, Rhinelander (2-15, 2-8 Great Northern) proved that, despite their record, they are an improved team.
“I can’t say enough at how happy I am for the kids,” RHS girls’ basketball coach Mark Jacobson said. “They’ve been showing up at practice week after week, they’ve been playing as hard as they can, and it paid off tonight. They’ve worked hard, and frankly, they deserved it.”
Lakeland (4-6, 6-11) tied the game at 28-28 early in the fourth quarter. However, the Hodags managed to shut down Lakeland’s top scorer Jaime Lee in the quarter, and came up with some key defensive rebounds to force several one-and-done possessions by the T-Birds.
Emily Fortier hit four free throws in the quarter, including two inside of one second to play to seal the Hodags’ second victory of the season.
The Hodags jumped out to an early lead, while forcing two early Lakeland turnovers to set the tone. After one quarter, the Hodags led 11-10, with five different girls contributing in the scoring column.
The second quarter was a tight, lower-scoring frame. Both teams traded turnovers and missed some forced shots due to tight defense on both sides. At the half, the Hodags led by four, 20-16.
During the break, Jacobson implored his girls to play smart basketball and finish what they’d started.
“My message (at the half) was that we have to play two complete halves of basketball,” he said.
Lakeland came out in the third quarter with a renewed passion and attempted to steal the game away from the Hodags. The T-Birds outscored the Hodags 9-6 in the quarter, taking the lead at 3:12 remaining in the period, 22-20. However, a 6-0 run by the Hodags after that, courtesy of Mara Meyer’s two consecutive 3-pointers, helped put the Hodags back in command after three, 26-25.
“Any time you have a girl that’s hitting threes, that just brings a different energy to the team, especially when they’re going back down on D off of a good quality offensive possession,” Jacobson said. “It leads to a high-quality defensive possession.”
Fortier was Rhinelander’s leading scorer with 12 points. Mara Meyer had 11.
Lakeland’s Jaime Lee led all scorers on the night with 13 points, with only three of them coming in the second half. Clara Schroeder added 10 for the T-Birds.
“We tried to keep them off-balance, defensively” said Jacobson. “We played a combination of man and then we played little zone too, changed things up, and we tried to keep an eye on Jaime Lee, who you can’t leave open.”
The Hodags outrebounded Lakeland 17-12, with Brianna Gilbert responsible for five.
Jacobson stressed the importance of defensive rebounds.
“You have to rule the game,” he said. “You have to make it a one-and-done (possession for the other team).”
Up next for the Hodags is Tomahawk at home on Thursday night at the Miazga Gym. Rhinelander defeated Tomahawk 46-35 Dec. 14 for its only other victory this season.
Lakeland vs. Rhinelander
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Lakeland 10 6 9 7 — 32
Rhinelander 11 9 6 11 — 37
Lakeland (32):Jaime Lee 13, Clara Schroeder 10, Abby Schrom 3, Abby Scharbarth 2, Becca Butkus 2, Hannah Hallstrom 2.
Rhinelander (37):Emily Fortier 12, Mara Meyer 11, Sydnei Smith 4, Brianna Gilbert 4, Riley Aschenbrenner 4, Molly Williging 2
3-Pointers:Lakeland 0, Rhi 3 (Meyer 3).