MARINETTE—A second-half offensive lull sank the Marinette girls basketball team in a 67-24 loss to Fox Valley Lutheran in North Eastern Conference action on Tuesday.
The Marines (0-1 NEC, 0-2 overall) found themselves down by 15 points at halftime and things deteriorated from bad to worse in the second half, with the Foxes (1-0 NEC, 2-0 overall) limiting Marinette to just six points.
“We came out with good energy and played them tough in the first half, but we struggled with FVL’s press defense and did not have the same success in the second half,” Marinette coach Zac Barker said. “We had a stretch where we didn’t score for 12 minutes or so, and their shooters were able to find extra space. I think that we worked well as a team and showed a lot of upside tonight, but we need to be able to do it consistently for an entire game, not just one half.”
Myah Loberger scored all 10 of her points while Lydia Feidt knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to help FVL pile on 34 points and outscore Marinette by 28 in the second half.
A pair of free throws by Olivia Hanson along with baskets from Hannah Anderson and Natalie Poquette made up Marinette’s scoring output in the second half.
Lindsey Wingender led the Marines with seven points but was held without a bucket after halftime.
Poquette and Hannah Chenier each finished with five points while Bryanna Torrko added three.
“Lindsey and Hannah both played very well. It was good to see those two seniors showing leadership and playing hard out there,” Barker said.
Lydia Feidt finished with a game-high 18 points, canning three triples in the first half to help FVL take a 33-18 lead at halftime.
Emily Jaenke dropped 10 of her 15 points in the first half while Alayna Feidt chipped in 13 points.
FVL used the long-range shot to great effect, drilling 10 3-pointers in the game while the Marines could muster only a pair of treys.
The Foxes knocked down three of their seven free throw attempts while the Marines went 6-for-15 from the charity stripe.
FVL also held the edge in penalties with nine against 10 for the Marines.
In the JV game, FVL picked up a 49-20 victory. Anderson led the Marines with eight points. Madison Kunick tacked on four while Poquette, Hanson, Kaya Bodam and MacKenzie Hebert all finished with two.
Marinette travels to Coleman on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“Coleman is a very experienced and well-coached team,” Barker said. “It’s a tough place to play and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN (67)—L. Feidt 18, Jaenke 15, A. Feidt 13, Loberger 10, Ziegler 4, Pink 3, Appleton 2, Immel 2; FTs: 3-7.
MARINETTE (24)—Wingender 7, Chenier 5, Poquette 5, Torrko 3, Anderson 2, O. Hanson 2; FTs: 6-15.