STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Aquinas High School girls basketball team took down another tough opponent Thursday, pulling out a 66-52 win over Divine Savior Holy Angels at the Sentry Classic hosted by UW-Stevens Point.
The Blugolds (8-0) displayed a balanced offense and had four players score at least 11 points. Sophomore Courtney Becker — a 6-foot forward — tallied a game-high 16 points and had 13 rebounds for Aquinas.
“(Becker) did a really nice job today, felt like she dominated at times,” Blugolds coach Dave Donarski said.
After Aquinas led 26-19 at half, the pace for both teams picked up, but the Blugolds were able to hold off the 2015 Division 1 champions out of Milwaukee.
“We executed better in the second half. When we didn’t get the attack we wanted, the ball reversal was there for open shots,” Donarski said. “It was a good sign of progression for our team.”
Sophomore Lexi Donarski added 14 points, five rebounds and six assists for Aquinas, while seniors Whittni Rezin (12) and Jessa Peterson (11) also scored in double figures.
West Salem Tournament
Tomah 63, La Crescent 30
WEST SALEM — The Timberwolves shook off a bad shooting night Wednesday to run away with a win against the Lancers.
Senior Madison Lindauer had a game-high 23 points, while Madisyn Brey and Reis Derousseau added 11 apiece for Tomah (9-2). Lindauer made a pair of 3-pointers and three free throws.
La Crescent was led by Rachel Ekker’s eight points.
Bangor 54, Westby 20
BANGOR — Emma Wittmershaus had 17 points and Jaclynn Freit added 12 as the Cardinals (8-2) ran away with the game early.
Kenzie Von Ruden’s six points led Westby (3-8).
Wisconsin Dells Holiday Shootout
Hudson 84, Logan 80
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — The Rangers offense just had a few too many empty trips in a back-and-forth game.
Logan (3-4) senior CJ Siegel scored a team-high 27 points, making three 3-pointers in the process, but it wasn’t enough to match Hudson’s Jacob Daulton. Daulton tallied a game-high 31 points knifing through the Rangers defense and attacking the rim.
It was Logan’s second straight loss and fourth in its last five.
Rick Majerus Shootout
Onalaska 79, Wauk. Cath. Mem. 37
MEQUON, Wis. — After not scoring in the first four minutes of the contest, the Hilltoppers exploded for a 50-point first half and didn’t look back.
Senior Noah Skifton had a game-high 21 points and made three 3-pointers in the first half. Sam Kick also made three 3s before halftime, finishing with 15 points. Sophomore Tyrell Stuttley added 12 for the Hilltoppers (6-1).
Caledonia 85, Rochester Century 60
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Warriors — ranked third in Class AA — sprinted out to a 19-point halftime lead and cruised from there.
Senior Owen King had 19 points to lead Caledonia (7-0), while Riley Gavin added 16 and Noah King had 10.
West Salem Tournament
Reedsburg 59, West Salem 45
WEST SALEM — Malachi Athnos scored 18 points for the Panthers (3-6), who couldn’t overcome a 13-point halftime deficit in the championship game.
St. Charles Tournament
La Crescent 59, Dover-Eyota 49
ST. CHARLES, Minn. — Three Lancers scored at least 14 points as the Lancers won their fifth game of the season.
La Crescent (5-3) received 17 points from Zach Todd, 14 from Ben Nelson and 16 from Luke Schwartzhoff.
Bangor 78, Lancaster 57
WESTBY — Luke Reader scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to power Bangor (5-0) to a 39-28 halftime lead.
Teammate Caleb Miedema added 15 and Grant Manke added 11.
Lancaster (4-3) was led by Nate Timmerman’s 16 points.
Kickapoo 56, Westby 45
WESTBY — The Norsemen (2-6) weren’t able to overcome a 15-point first half as Kickapoo used 20 points from Jalen Alexander. Alex Gluch led Westby with 15.
Aquinas 83, Alma Center Lincoln 53
The Blugolds (5-3) played solid defense in both halves and made nine 3-pointers in the blowout win at the Reinhart Athletic Complex.
Aquinas senior Conley Malone led the way with 27 points, 22 of which came in the first half. He made four of the Blugolds’ 3-pointers. Brandon Merfeld scored 12 of his 15 in the first half, while Jacob Savoldelli and Randy Jacobson chipped in 12 apiece.St. Croix Central 56, Prairie du Chien 53 Gavin Gillitzer’s 21 points weren’t enough for the Blackhawks to avoid blowing an 11-point lead early in the second half.
Corey Check added 12 points for Prairie du Chien (4-3).
Lewiston Auto Holiday Classic
Winona 87, Holmen 78
WINONA — Jimmy Gillespie scored a team-best 27 points, but the Vikings defense wasn’t able to slow the Winhawks enough to pull out a win.
Kyle Koelbl had 18, while Craig Newsome Jr. and Robert Hart had 12 apiece for the Vikings.
Winona’s Dakota Matthees also scored 27 points.
Tomah 45, Menomonie 43
TOMAH — Kyle Kroener’s layup with 3.3 seconds remaining gave Tomah (4-2) the lead for good.
The Timberwolves clawed their way back from a 29-16 halftime deficit thanks to defense, and Pete Brey scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. Kroener added 11 points.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Aquinas senior Jack Horihan (12-1) won three of four matches and is still alive for fifth place at 220 pounds. Arcadia freshman Hector Hernandez (10-3) won his first two matches at 113 before losing in the quarterfinals and heading to the consolation bracket.
WHITEWATER, Wis. — Brookwood senior Ben DeWitt (11-1) advanced to today’s semifinal round with a technical fall and pin at 160 pounds.
Wisconsin Valley Union 2, Onalaska co-op 0
MADISON — Wisconsin Valley Union (7-1-1) scored twice in the third period, including once on a power play, to take the consolation game from Onalaska (4-6-1).
Hilltopper goalie Claire Bekkum made 34 saves and Wisconsin Valley Union’s goalie Pistol Cowden faced 20 shots.