After 11 games, the Tomah High School girls basketball team still hasn’t lost to a team that isn’t undefeated.
The Timberwolves ran into an undefeated Melrose-Mindoro squad in the first round of the West Salem Tournament Wednesday and absorbed a 70-35 loss before beating La Crescent (Minnesota) 63-30 in the consolation game Thursday.
Tomah’s only other loss in 2017-18 is against undefeated La Crosse Aquinas. Melrose-Mindoro and Aquinas have a combined record of 19-0.
Timberwolves coach Mark Von Haden was hoping for a close contest against Melrose-Mindoro, which won the tournament title with a 69-37 victory over West Salem Thursday.
“In the Mel-Min game, we came out without our normal energy, and Mel-Min took advantage of that,” Von Haden said. “We couldn’t find our groove.”
Tomah also came into the contest with its depth thinned out. Mallory Pierce sustained an injury in Tomah’s Dec. 21 contest against Mauston, which left the Timberwolves with just six rotation players. Emma Liek took Pierce’s spot in the starting lineup, and Von Haden said he didn’t know the timeline for Pierce’s return.
The Timberwolves got off to a much better start against La Crescent and built a 40-13 lead by halftime.
“In the La Crescent game, we pressured them to get some easy baskets, and we made nine threes, which opened up some other possibilities for us,” Von Haden said.
Madison Lindauer led the Timberwolves with 23 points, while Reis Derousseau and Madisyn Brey scored 11 each. Tomah also got contributions from Abby Sherwood with five points and Ella Plueger with three. Both have been splitting time between varsity and varsity reserve but could be promoted to full-time varsity roles in Pierce’s absence.
The Timberwolves travel to Adams-Friendship Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest that’s the first half of a girls/boys varsity doubleheader. Adams-Friendship is 3-9 and is coming off a 46-39 victory over Almond-Bancroft Wednesday.
MELROSE-MINDORO 70 TOMAH 35
Melrose-Mindoro—Johnson 2, Frey 4, Lockington 11, Byom 8, Christopherson 14, Simmons 14, Berger 3, Herzberg 14.
Tomah—Conway 3, Lindauer 15, Brey 7, Derousseau 8, Liek 2.
Melrose-Mindoro 39 31 − 70
Tomah 21 14 − 35
TOMAH 63 LA CRESCENT 30
Tomah—Conway 6, Sherwood 5, Plueger 3, Lindauer 23, Brey 11, Derousseau 11, Liek 4.
La Crescent—Von Arx 6, Newsome 6, Furlong 7, Ekker 8, Baudeck 3.
Tomah 40 23 − 63
La Crescent 13 17 − 30