The Antigo Red Robins girls basketball team was back on the court this past weekend, competing at the Tom Kislow Memorial Tournament, hosted this year by D.C. Everest High School.
The 10th annual tourney also serves as a cancer fundraiser, with a number of associated raffles and other items, with those proceeds going toward cancer research.
Kislow is the former athletic director at Antigo High School, while serving as an official and coach in various capacities, including at D.C. Everest.
This year, the Lady Robins also played for a four-year-old girl with cancer. Bella, who has a germ cell tumor, is the daughter of a former player of Antigo coach Carla Wissbroecker, during her time at Wausau East.
Bella was able to come to the Saturday game with her mom and grandmother and the team wore special shirts in her honor.
“Hannah and I have maintained contact throughout the years and when I heard this I knew I had to do something,” Wissbroecker said. “Once you play for me you are forever a ‘wiss kid’.”
As far as the games themselves, both were similar in that Antigo gave a good first half effort, before things fell apart after the break. The Lady Robins fell to Gresham 49-36 and to Wausau East, 66-37, falling to 0-4 on the young season.
“We had a lot of good things that we did and we played hard in the first half,” Wissbroecker explained. “It is like we ran out of gas or got into foul trouble. We are very young and growing as a team. This weekend we played for something bigger than basketball.”
In its opening match up Friday against Gresham, the Robins gave the Wildcats a battle, but in the end it was Gresham’s ability to knock down a handful of shots from beyond the arc, along with an advantage at the free throw line that added up to a 49-36 Wildcats’ win.
Gresham hit 5-of-17 three-point baskets, compared to a 1-for-14 day from long range for Antigo. At the free throw line, the Robins hit on 5-of-8 attempts, while Gresham was solid, making 10-of-12.
The Robins also had trouble with Gresham’s one-two punch of Hannah and Valarie Cerveny, who scored 22 and 18 points, respectively. Valarie Cerveny also connected on three 3-point baskets and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, in addition to five assists.
Madolyn Haffner added seven points and four rebounds.
Antigo’s Sophie Schlieve recorded a double-double of her own, courtesy of 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Schlieve also connected on the Robins’ lone three-point basket of the contest.
Lily Weix added seven points and five rebounds, while both Tristin Arlen and Keelyn Zwirschitz contributed four points to the effort. Elizabeth Kramer chipped in with two points and six rebounds, while Allison Verhasselt added a basket.
For the game, Antigo shot at a 26.8 percent clip, while Gresham ended at 32.7 percent. The Wildcats held a slight edge in rebounding 40-37.
Gresham, a member of the Central Wisconsin North Conference, also went on to defeat Stanley-Boyd 63-61 in Saturday play, improving its season record to a perfect 3-0.
Saturday’s match up with Wausau East of the Wisconsin Valley Conference ended with a runaway win for the Lumberjacks in the 66-37 final.
Turnovers, 29 in total, and foul trouble plagued the Robins as again, a game that was competitive early turned into a rout.
Wausau East shot just under 35 percent in the win, including eight makes from the outside.
Madisyn Krueger led the way with four 3-point baskets and a game-high 19 points in total. Lily Messman was the second Wausau East player in double figures with 15, while dishing out five assists.
A total of nine players got into the scorebook for the Lumberjacks.
Antigo was again led by Schlieve, who just missed out on a second straight double-double, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Kramer stepped up with 12 points, including one from long range. Despite the three-point make, the Robins struggled again from beyond the arc, hitting just 1-of-6.
Kramer was a rebound away from a double-double, ending the game with nine boards.
Weix dropped in five points, while Zwirschitz had four and Arlen contributed a free throw.
The Robins are back in action Tuesday as they will look for their first win in the team’s Great Northern Conference opener, hosting Northland Pines.