Anna Caswell drives to the Wild Rose basket during the second half of the girls’ basketball matchup against Weyauwega-Fremont on Dec. 28.

Lady Wildcats take down Weyauwega-Fremont

Christmas break had the Wild Rose girls’ basketball team hosting Weyauwega-Fremont in a non-conference matchup on Dec. 28.

There was plenty of action to keep the crowd entertained “We [played] pretty hard for being down a couple players,” said Wild Rose head Coach Brett Brooks. “We were scrappy and did better than I thought we would. Rachael Strey did a good job on the post tonight. Gaps were closed up, and that made a difference.”

The opening tipoff went to Wild Rose, and it took nearly a minute before Rachael Strey put up the first 2 points in the game. It wasn’t long before Weyauwega-Fremont tied up the game. Anna Caswell put Wild Rose back on top, 4-2, only to have the score tied again. That’s how the first half went, score-for-score for some time before the hosts would take more control. There were plenty of steals by both teams, and lots of ball pressure from Wild Rose.

Wild Rose got off to a 10-4 lead before Weyauwega-Fremont caught up with a tie at 10. The Lady Wildcats went back up 12-10, and the Lady Indians tied things up again at 12. The hosts then began to build up more of a lead, as much as 7 points, only to have the visitors come back with 2 or 3. The closer it got to halftime, the bigger the lead for Wild Rose.

By halftime, Wild Rose built a 37-24 lead, with Caswell coming up with 12 points—6 of which were from 8 free throw attempts. Addy Lauritzen led the other 4 Wild Rose scores with 10 points, beginning with a 3-point shot. Strey had 9 points, going 3-5 at the free throw line, and Torrance Marquez added 5 points, beginning with a 3-pointer. The Lady Wildcats were called for just six fouls.

The teams fought in the second half of play, with steals being grabbed up between them. The first couple minutes seemed to be the Lauritzen, Caswell, and Strey show as Lauritzen started things out by being fouled on a basket—a free throw was the result. Then, it was Caswell for 2 Wild Rose points, Lauritzen for 2, Strey for 2, and Lauritzen for a 3-pointer. The hosts built up a 49-26 lead. Weyauwega-Fremont chipped away at the deficit, only to have Wild Rose counter it with more scoring. The shortest deficit the visitors had was 12, and it came when there was about a minute left in the game.

Wild Rose had six scores in the half as well to help maintain a lead. Lauritzen added 3 more points in the half for a total of 11, while Strey and Caswell added 3 more points each for a total of 5 for each in the half. Marissa Cartwright gathered up 4 points as Wild Rose went on to capture a convincing 66-53 win, with the hosts recording 12 fouls and the visitors 11.

Addy Lauritzen topped the seven Wild Rose scores with 21 points, sinking 3 of 6 free throws and two 3-point goals. Anna Caswell produced 17 points, making 7 of her 12 free throw attempts, while Rachael Strey was close behind with 14 points, going 4-8 at the free throw line. Torrance Marquez had the team’s other 3-point goal. The team was 15-32 at the free throw line, while committing 18 fouls.

The final score was in Wild Rose’s favor at 67-53. This was Wild Rose’s 5th win of the regular season.