The Antigo junior varsity girls basketball team swept its two most recent games, defeating Tomahawk in the Sheldon Fieldhouse on Jan. 5, before taking down Rhinelander on the road Friday night.
The Tomahawk contest saw the lady Robins jump out to a 23-8 halftime lead coming on the strength of solid team defense and balanced scoring, never looking back en route to the 44-13 win.
Antigo was led in scoring by Kailee Krueger, Keelyn Zwirschitz and Jenna Czerneski who all had 10 points on the night. Nevaeh Malone contributed nine points while playing stingy defense.
Grace Gittens added three points on the night, while Zoey Smith continues to improve defensively and also chipped in two points in the win.
“This was a good team win from top to bottom as everyone contributed on both ends of the floor,” head coach Curt Parsons said.
Friday marked a successful trip to Rhinelander with a 37-31 Antigo win, improving the JV team’s record to 4-1.
The Lady Robins went out to a 10-point halftime lead, before the Hodags stormed back in the second to take a two-point advantage with just over five minutes remaining.
The game was finally secured down the stretch in Antigo’s favor with timely free throws from Makayla Tischendorf, Zwirtschitz, Krueger, Czerneski and Malone.
“Since the first week of practice we have talked about the correlation between making free throws and winning close games and the girls got to experience that first hand,” Parsons said. “We still have a ton of room for improvement, but making pressure free throws is a huge step in the right direction.”
Those late conversions overcame what was an overall 11-for-25 night at the charity stripe.
Leading the Lady Robins in scoring was Czerneski with nine points. Zwirschitz added seven in the win, while Tischendorf and Gittens each scored six.
Malone had a solid night at point guard and had five points, while Krueger successfully played every position in Antigo’s zone defense, while going for four points on offense.