It’s rest and regroup for the Tomah High School girls basketball team.
The Timberwolves completed their seven-day gauntlet through the top three teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference with a 79-36 loss to La Crosse Aquinas in the Tomah High School gymnasium.
It was the third straight loss for Tomah, which fell to 10-5 overall and 3-4 in the MVC. Aquinas, the top-ranked team in Division 4, remained undefeated at 15-0.
Tomah will get a week off until its next game, and Tomah coach Mark Von Haden said his girls will likely benefit from the break.
“We need to regroup and re-establish our goals for the rest of the season and try to make a good playoff run,” Von Haden said. “Hopefully we can re-establish what we had going the first half of the year.”
The Timberwolves hung with Aquinas early. They rallied from a 7-2 deficit to tie the contest at 7-7 after a Lindsey Conway 3-pointer and trailed just 22-14 with 6:12 left in the first half after Reis Derousseau fed Madison Lindauer for a layup.
Aquinas’ offense exploded after that. The Blugolds scored 17 points in the final six minutes of the first half and opened the second half with a 17-2 run that turned the contest into a rout. The Blugolds were deadly from the perimeter after halftime, draining six 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the second half.
Von Haden said his team struggled against Aquinas’s full-court press.
“They just pounced on every mistake we made,” Von Haden said. “We have to control the ball and not make mistakes that the other team turns into points.”
Lindauer led the Timberwolves with 14 points. She made six of eight foul shots.
Emma Liek scored nine, all in the first half.
Lexi Donarski led Aquinas with 24 points, and the Blugolds were 17 of 19 from the foul line.
The Timberwolves get a week off before traveling to La Crosse Central Tuesday, Jan. 23 for an MVC contest. Von Haden said the coaching staff will use the extra practice time to work on controlling tempo.
“If we can get a team into a halfcourt game where we can play defense, we’re pretty good,” Von Haden said. “But once we get into that full-court game, we struggle.”
After the Central contest, the Timberwolves play three of their next four contests at home, including a Friday, Jan. 26 “pack the gym” boys/girls varsity doubleheader against La Crosse Logan.
LA CROSSE AQUINAS 79 TOMAH 36
La Crosse Aquinas—Peterson 12, Scheidt 3, Donarski 24, Rezin 9, Collins 11, Steiner 11, Becker 8, Hlavacka 1.
Tomah—Conway 3, Lindauer 14, Brey 8, Wagenson 2, Liek 9.
Three-point goals—Peterson 4, Scheidt, Donarski 4, Rezin, Conway, Brey.