Nine games, eight victories.
These are heady days for the Tomah High School girls basketball team.
Coach Mark Von Haden’s squad ran its record to 8-1 with a 71-26 victory over Mauston in a nonconference game Tuesday at Tomah High School. The Timberwolves’ only loss is against undefeated La Crosse Aquinas.
“It’s a very good feeling − we haven’t been 8-1 in a long time, at least since I’ve been here,” Von Haden said.
The Timberwolves were all business against an overmatched Mauston team that fell to 2-7. Tomah opened the game by turning three straight turnovers into six points just 65 seconds into the contest. The lead went to 17-2 after a Reis Derousseau bucket.
Mauston’s ballhandling then settled down, which allowed its talented post player Skyylar Brescia to score all seven points during a 7-2 Mauston run that cut the gap to 19-9.
Back-to-back buckets from Mallory Pierce off assists from Madison Lindauer and Madisyn Brey triggered a 10-0 run, and after Brescia made a pair of free throws, Tomah ended the first half with a 10-0 run for a 39-15 halftime advantage.
The big lead gave Von Haden another chance to employ his bench in the second half, and every player on the roster scored.
It was Tomah’s third victory of 36 or more points, and all five of the other victories have been by double digits. Von Haden is pleased with how his girls have handled big leads.
“You try to challenge them,” he said. “Our challenge at halftime was to keep (Brescia) from scoring because she was the only one scoring for them ... I expect the girls to play hard in these situations, and they did.”
Von Haden was also pleased with how the Timberwolves were able to create backcourt turnovers without fouling. Nobody got in serious foul trouble.
“We really don’t foul that much with our press − we foul more in our halfcourt defense,” he said. “I don’t want to press all the time if I don’t have to, but it does get us going − gets us some easy points.”
Lindauer led all scorers with 21 points. Brey had 14, and Emma Liek came off the bench to score nine.
“Everybody scored − it was fun,” Von Haden said.
Tomah continued its accuracy at the from foul line by making 13 of 16 from the stripe.
Brescia finished with 20 of Mauston’s 26 points. She converted four of five foul shots.
The Timberwolves get eight days off before heading to the West Salem Tournament Dec. 27-28 for the start of five straight road games. The opening opponent is Melrose-Mindoro in a 3:15 p.m. tipoff at West Salem High School.
Tomah’s next home game is Friday, Jan. 12 vs. Onalaska at 7:45 p.m. It’s the second half of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader.
TOMAH 71 MAUSTON 26
Mauston—G. Hammer 2, Franck 2, Brescia 20, Curran 2.
Tomah—Conway 6, Schwichtenberg 2, Sherwood 2, Plueger 4, Lindauer 21, Brey 14, Wagenson 2, Derousseau 7, Pierce 4, Liek 9.
Three-point goals—Brey 2, Liek.
Mauston 15 11−26
Tomah 39 32−71
MVC GIRLS BASKETBALL
Result of Dec. 18
Aquinas 56 Onalaska 42
Results of Dec. 19
Tomah 71 Mauston 26 (nc)
Sparta 40 Logan 36
Holmen 59 Central 49