The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls varsity basketball team earned the first win of the new season Thursday night, with a strong second half propelling them to a 51-36 victory at Merrill.
The game was tight early, the Chargers taking a narrow 23-20 lead into the locker room. The Witt-Birn girls emerged from that room with a purpose, running away on a margin of 28-16 after the break.
Kaylee Schram put forth the most valiant effort for Witt-Birn, going double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Reese Rogowski was a solid second scoring option, tossing in 16 points along with four assists, four steals, and three boards.
Faith Resch contributed eight points and six rebounds. Kiara Deruchowski scored three points, but did her best work on the offensive glass, four boards. Jami Wendler and Lilly Betry chipped in two points apiece.
“The word of the night was adversity,” said coach Nick Mechelke. “Not sure why it always happens to us but our team has been through a lot the first two weeks. We have girls who are injured and some who are playing through them. We have girls who are under the weather and they are fighting through it.
“We have youth who played quality minutes and made big plays and are gaining confidence. We played well in the first half but didn’t play smart basketball. The girls came out in the second half and took over. They made every adjustment from the first half to extend their lead. This is a big win for this group.
“I’m very proud of how Kaylee has played the first two games. We are continuing to grow and that’s what we need to do.”
The Chargers are back at it with a local rivalry Tuesday, paying a visit to the Sheldon Fieldhouse taking on the Red Robin squad at 7:15 p.m.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 51, Merrill 36
Merrill High School
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 23 28—51
Merrill 20 16—36
Wittenberg-Birnamwood—Kaylee Schram 20, Reese Rogowski 16, Faith Resch 8, Kiara Deruchowski 3, Lilly Betry 2, Jami Wendler 2
Shooting- FG 18-34, 3FG 3-15