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Niagara’s defense suffers with absences

Wabeno, behind Waube’s 21 points, takes non-conference clash 60-43

December 29, 2012
The Daily News


Sports Writer

NIAGARA, Wis. - Wabeno exposed Niagara's defensive weakness Friday.

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Niagara’s Kate Nawn (30) and Wabeno’s Breanna McLaughlin (10) battle for the basketball in Friday’s non-conference game.

The Logrollers, behind 21 points and 15 rebounds from center Gloriann Waube, dumped the Badgers 60-43 in non-conference girls basketball Friday. Wabeno added 15 points underneath from Ceanne Harrison.

The Badgers played without Maryellen Wagener (ill) and Marah Harvath (ankle), two players who could have clogged Wabeno's inside presence. All 21 of Wabeno's buckets came at close range.

"We were missing Maryellen defensively out there," Badgers coach Laura Gunderson said. "She kind of ties up the defense and makes us work harder."

Freshman Brooklyn Wolosyn scored 22 points to lead the Badgers. who fell into a double-digit hole with three minutes left in the first quarter and got as close as nine in the second quarter.

"I thought we played pretty well," Wabeno Coach Mike McCann said, noting his team has been idle for about 10 days after a game with Florence was postponed. "Offensively, we looked pretty sharp and got the looks we wanted. We also rebounded well."

McCann liked his team's man defense. No so much the zone. Gunderson questioned her team's energy.

"A little lack of intensity," Gunderson said. "We looked flat all night.

"We weren't moving and just walking through the offense."

She did see a couple bright spots with Wolosyn and Kaitlyn Lundin, who chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"I was impressed when we ran a couple backdoors (for baskets)," Gunderson said. "But we had to go that same pace all the time."

Stephanie Prasser chipped in 11 points and five steals for Wabeno, which owned a 29-15 halftime advantage.

Wolosyn netted 18 points in the second half, with 10 in the fourth quarter.

"Wolosyn and Lundin are good players," McCann said.

Both teams misfired at the free throw stripe, with Niagara hitting 14 of 33 and Wabeno managing 18 of 32.

Niagara (4-5 overall, 3-4 M&O) returns to league play Friday, Jan. 4, against Lena.

"We have to get out of this funk," said Gunderson, her Badgers beaten in four of the past five games.

Wabeno defeated Niagara in the junior varsity contest.

Wabeno 16 13 13 18 - 60

Niagara 5 10 9 19 - 43

WABENO: Harrison 15, Nygard 2, Champine 4, Prasser 11, Stefanski 7, Waube 21. FT: 18-32. F: 22. Fouled out: Harrison (5:15, 4th), McLaughlin (5:13, 4th).

NIAGARA: Wolosyn 22, Lundin 14, Evans 2, Carlton 1, Broullire 1, MacDonald 1, Nawn 2. FT: 14-33. F: 20. Fouled out: Carlton (1:17, 3rd).

3-point FG: Wolosyn. FG shooting: Niagara 14-58, Wabeno 21-57. Rebounding: Niagara 29 (Lundin 10), Wabeno 29 (Waube 15).



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