Bluejay girls take a big step
The Bluejay girls bumped the memory of Tuesday’s lopsided loss deep into the back recesses with Friday’s 76-55 home explosion in their double-header night with the boys against Wausau East.
“76 is 76, I don’t care who you’re playing,” MHS coach Ross Reincke said.
The Jays held a slim 11-9 lead after the first quarter and edged ahead 32-27 by halftime. The girls shocked the crowd by converting a super high percentage of their possessions in the third quarter, racking up 26 points while holding the Lumberjacks to 13.
“We started playing the way we thought we could back in the summer,” Reincke said. “We pushed the tempo, we played good aggressive defense and we attacked the basket. Once we started doing that, there was an obvious difference in how we played. It was one of those things where the last two games we shot under 20%, and my assistant said by the law of averages we’re going to start making those shots.”
Morgan Marnholtz lit it up for 23 points and her drive-and-dish plays led to several other easy baskets. Maddix Bonnell (13), Hannah Marrier (8), Mariah Turenne (5), Emily Page (5), Malayna Beyer (5) and Morgan Pettit (4) all contributed to the scoring.
“Morgan (Marnholtz) played phenomenal,” Reincke said. “She really stepped up as a senior.
“Maddix has very strong court awareness. In practice, she’s come up with stuff on her own that we don’t even see.”
East was paced by 20 points from Jordan Murphy and 16 from Kali-Faith Sather.