ONALASKA — With leading scorer and senior Emma Gamoke limited due to a sprained ankle, first-year Onalaska High School girls basketball coach Shane Schmeling knew he needed someone else to step up against Menomonie on Tuesday.
What he received was a balanced offensive output and a stellar defensive showing as the Hilltoppers stifled Menomonie en route to a 53-34 nonconference win at Charles Deeth Fieldhouse.
“Our defense was outstanding, the best it has been all year,” Schmeling said. “We were able to force them into a lot of turnovers and held their best two scorers to just eight and four.”
Sophomore Lexi Miller led the charge offensively, scoring a game-high 14 for the Hilltoppers, while Molly Garrity tallied nine points, five rebounds and five assists for Onalaska (5-1).
“The plan is to be balanced,” Schmeling said. “Molly Garrity had a big game for us.”
Melrose-Mindoro 67, Bangor 54
BANGOR — Emma Wittmershaus did all she could for the Cardinals, but the Mustangs’ depth and ability to score from nearly every spot on the floor proved to be too much.
Wittmershaus, a senior and UW-Milwaukee recruit, scored a game-high 29 points for Bangor (2-2), but junior Katie Christopherson scored 20, Calette Lockington had 15, and Emily Herzberg 12 to push Melrose-Mindoro (5-0) over the hump.
EC Memorial 60, Central 44
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Eau Claire Memorial led by three points at the half, but outscored the Red Raiders 38-19 in the second half. Maddie Trussoni led Central (2-3) with 14 points, while teammate Emily Secord added nine.
Cuba City 55, Prairie du Chien 27
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Gabby Ritche, a 6-foot-2 junior center, scored a team-high nine points for the Blackhawks (1-4), but it wasn’t enough as Prairie du Chien trailed by 14 points at the half. Kiera
Aquinas 63, West Salem 42
WEST SALEM — Aquinas held a 38-24 halftime lead and limited the Panthers (2-2) to 18 points in the second half.
Sophomore and Iowa State recruit Lexi Donarski scored a game-high 20 points, while senior Whittni Rezin added 13 and sophomore Taylor Theusch chipped in 10 for the Blugolds (3-0).
West Salem 69, Viroqua 65
WEST SALEM — Malachi Athnos scored a team-high 17 points, while David Lattos (13), Mitchell Dunham (11), Trenton Foreman (10) and Hunter Wakefield (10) also reached double figures in West Salem’s victory.
Viroqua’s Antony Rappl, a junior forward, scored a game-high 28 points. He did significant damage from the free-throw line by hitting 8 of 13 attempts.
G-E-T 71, Black River Falls 65
GALESVILLE -- Senior Kevin Kriesel's 15 points led four double-figure scorers for the Red Hawks (1-0, 1-0) as they held off the Tigers.
Chris Thompson added 12, Tyler Scherr 11 and Jake Jumbeck 10 for G-E-T, which has won 29 straight conference games.
Senior Ethan Anderson scored a game-high 32 points for Black River Falls.
Arcadia 71, Onalaska Luther 61
ARCADIA -- The Raiders (2-0, 1-0) outscored the Knights by 16 points in the second half and were led by Nolan Martin's 24 points and eight rebounds.
Onalaska Luther (1-2, 0-1) was paced by a 17-point game from Emery Byus. Ben Kutz added 12 and Bennett Loersch 11 points and nine rebounds for the Knights.
Martin made four of Arcadia's seven 3-pointers, and Michael Schweisthal added 13 points.
Logan 75, Menomonie 56
MENOMONIE. Wis. — Senior CJ Siegel led all scorers with 29 points as the Red Rangers secured their second win.
Siegel led the Rangers with four 3-pointers and seven steals, while Maguire Werner went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line to finish with 11 points. Calvin Mavin tallied 10 points as the team finished 23-for-29 at the line.
DeForest 76, Onalaska 68 (OT)
DEFOREST, Wis. -- Sophomore Tyrrell Stuttley scored 17 points, and freshman Sam Kick added 14, but the Hilltoppers (1-1) were overwhelmed in overtime.
Sophomore Carson Arenz added 13 points for Onalaska, which was outscored 13-5 after going to overtime tied at 63. Freshman Gavin McGrath scored 10 points for the Hilltoppers.
Caledonia 63, Rushford-Peterson 36
CALEDONIA — The Warriors (1-0, 1-0) kicked off their season with a balanced victory over the Trojans. Sophomore Noah King led the way with 16 points, while senior Owen King added 10.
West Salem 8, La Crescent 0
Alex Jackson netted four goals for West Salem (4-0) en route to victory. Gavin Christianson was busy in goal for La Crescent (0-4) as he recorded 53 saves.
Eau Claire North 3, Onalaska 2 (OT)
ONALASKA — CJ Lass and Tommy Duren each netted goals for the Hilltoppers (3-2), but Zach Urdahl had the winner less than two minutes into overtime for the Huskies.
Melrose-Mindoro/G-E-T 62, Logan/Central 7
The Titans eased their way to a win after coming out victorious in 11 of the 13 matches. Sam Johnson earned a pin at 132 pounds and over La Crosse’s Mason Sather in 18 seconds.
William Johnson (160) wrestled his way to a 8-2 decision over La Crosse’s Todd Werner, while Landon Lockington (182) recorded a 45-second pin over Jacob Ghelfi.
Christian Kapanke (152) pinned Jaden Anderson and Austin Sather (170) finished with a 13-6 over Devin McCoy to record La Crosse’s victories.
O/H/A 86, Central/Logan 73
ONALASKA — Will Hoeth won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.06 seconds and won the 100 backstroke (1:04.12) for the La Crosse co-op.
The 200 freestyle relay of Zach Sleven, Joey Morschauser, Shay Jemjemian, Tristan Johnson rounded out the wins for La Crosse after finishing in 1 minute, 48.9 seconds.