By Robert Whitmire
The SPASH Girls Basketball team defeated Eau Claire Memorial at the SPASH Fieldhouse on Tuesday, finishing 58-53 to even their record at 1-1 on the season.
The Panthers took a 27-24 lead into the halftime break, then opened the second half with a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 37-24.
SPASH held a 13-point lead midway through the second half, 40-27, before the Old Abes worked themselves back to a 54 -53 score with 14 seconds remaining.
Junior Rachel Sullivan hit two free throws with fourteen seconds remaining and Junior Maddie Fink sealed the victory with two more from the charity stripe and two seconds left on the board.
Balanced scoring and solid defense were the name of the game for SPASH as four Panthers finished in double figures. Maddie Fink led the attack with 12 points. Rachel Sullivan and Leah Earnest each scored 11, and Madisyn Rogan lit up the board with 10.
“We were very happy with the energy on defense and the scoring from lots of different girls tonight,” said Panther Head Coach Derek Kirklewski. “We hit some big free throws to close it out at the end and it was a great effort on the part of our team.”
SPASH hit 16 two-pointers, six three-pointers and went eight for 12 at the free throw line.
Eau Claire Memorial was led by junior Sydney Hazuga with 21 points on seven three’s, and senior Katie Ball who chipped in 10 points.
The Old Abes picked up a win in the junior varsity game, 38-32. Sophomore Kaylee Hintz led the Panthers scoring with 13 points. SPASH’s Rachel Lummis added seven; Joleece Pecore brought in six.
The JV2 team dropped a 60-13 decision to Medford. Ariana Sotelo scored 11 points with two from Dennessa Kohel for the Panthers.
The Panther varsity and junior varsity return to action Nov. 25 at the Brookfield Central High School Holiday Shootout. The junior varsity takes the floor at 9 AM, and the varsity tips off at 5:30 PM.
SPASH Varsity Scoring: Jenna Bohanski (7); Halle Gregorich (3); Halle Pavelski (2); Rachel Sullivan (11); Maddie Fink (12); Abby Gemza (2); Madisyn Rogan (10); Leah Earnest (11).
SPASH JV Scoring: Kelski Kostuchowski (2); Hailey Carlson (4); Rachel Lummis (7); Kaylee Hintz (13); Joleece Pecore (6).
SPASH JV2 Scoring: Ariana Sotelo (11); Dennessa Kohel (2).