SEVASTOPOL—The Peshtigo and Sevastopol girls basketball teams went down to the wire on Saturday night, and unfortunately for the Bulldogs it was the Pioneers who came away with a 43-41 victory to hand Peshtigo its second Packerland Conference loss in as many days after the Bulldogs fell to Kewaunee on Friday night.
Zoe Kuehn scored 14 of her game-high 23 points in the first half to help Sevastopol out to a 19-17 halftime advantage. Peshtigo was able to stay close thanks to seven points from Sydney Lund and another six from Grace Wickman.
Both teams went neck-and-neck in the second half and Peshtigo couldn’t find a way to overcome the two-point deficit as each team scored 24 second-half points.
Lund led Peshtigo with 15 points while Wickman added 11 and Jaci Tonn had nine (three 3-pointers).
Against Kewaunee at home on Friday night, both teams played solid defense and neither’s shots were falling as the game was tied 16 all at halftime.
Peshtigo took an 8-1 lead early on in the game on a 3-pointer from Emma Gilligan, but the Bulldogs got careless with the ball and started to turn it over leading to a 7-0 run from the Storm to tie at eight.
After a Peshtigo timeout with 7:49 to play in the first half, Lund turned a steal into a fastbreak layup to re-take the lead, but as she would do a number of times throughout the night Kewaunee’s Mykenzi Uhlers answered with a triple from the wing.
Two more lead changes would come in the final four minutes of the half until Peshtigo’s Allison Peters split a pair of free throws to tie it at 16 with 1:43 left and that score would hold until the halftime buzzer.
To start the second half, Kewaunee used a 14-0 run to take a commanding 30-16 lead over the first five minutes of the half.
Turnovers were a killer for the Bulldogs to open the half as they had six in the first five minutes.
Peshtigo finally got on the board when Grace Wickman banked in a 3-pointer from the wing and that sparked an 11-0 run to get Peshtigo back within three. Tonn nailed a triple from the top of the key followed by a three-point play from Lund and a backdoor cut for a basket by Wickman a Kewaunee called time to talk things over with 8:33 left in the game.
The Bulldogs had multiple opportunities to get closer and even tie the game, but free throws were a killer down the stretch as Peshtigo shot just 1-4 in the second half and Kewaunee made the most of its chances to stay undefeated in conference play with a 37-30 victory.
“We turned the ball over and missed a lot of free throws and that combination is always going to get you in trouble,” Peshtigo coach Bruce Parkovich said. “We made a nice comeback, but when we needed a basket they just wouldn’t fall. Nothing you can really do about that but then our girls start getting a little tired and then we get down by so much you can’t make any mistakes. I think overall it was a good game, though. I think the girls learned that they can play with Kewaunee, it’s just a matter of understanding what we did wrong and learning from it to get better.”
Peshtigo (5-3 overall, 3-2 Packerland) will try to shake off these two losses before heading to Green Bay NEW Lutheran on Tuesday.
PESHTIGO (41)—Lund 15, Wickman 11, Tonn 9, Detry 2, Dudka 2, Smalls 2. FTs: 2-8.
SEVASTOPOL (43)—Kuehn 23, Brauer 6, Rikkola 6, Ash 5, Differt 3. FTs: 17-26.