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Playing in the words of coach Mike Balliett just well enough to win, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team trimmed Iola-Scandinavia, 41-29.

Witt-Birn beat the Thunderbirds by 51-27 on Dec. 20.

With the victory, the Lady Chargers retained their share of the Central Wisconsin Eight Conference lead by moving to 11-1. Co-leader Amherst beat Weyauwega Fremont by 63-29. Witt-Birn is 18-1 overall while Amherst is 17-1, and the Chargers remain eighth in Division 4 AP state rankings.

Iola-Scandinavia fell to 5-6 in league play and 10-9 overall.

We did play just well enough to win, Balliett said, We played good defense, but need to be much better shooting the ball.

After opening up a 25-14 half time lead, Witt-Birn connected on just six of 31 second half shots but able to hold I-S to just 15 points.

Overall, the Lady Chargers hit 14 of 50 two-point field goals (28 percent), six of 24 three-pointers (25 percent), and converted seven of 11 free throws for 63 percent accuracy from the stripe.

They were paced by Taylor Nier with 11 points, Paige Norrbom with nine, Emily Norrbom with eight, and Corrissa Konkol with six. Maddy Pietz added three points, and Alexis Balliett and Samantha Kasprak added two apiece.

Leighten Fischer led the Thunderbird with 17 points, tallied four, Hannah Melum and Bryanna Kisting contributed three each, and Erika Kisting added two.

Iola hit 12 of 45 two-point shots (26 percent), three of 20 three-pointers (15 percent), and made two of eight charity tosses for 25 percent accuracy from the line.

Paige Norrbom led Charger rebounders with 11 of the teams’ 33 caroms. Konkol grabbed six, and Balliett and Emily Norrbom snared five each.

Fischer grabbed 12 of the Thunderbirds’ 34 rebounds.

Paige Norrbom also led her squad with four of its 12 assists, while Emily Norrbom handed off three, and Balliett and Konkol two apiece. Emily Norrbom and Nier each swiped four of Witt-Birns’ 16 steals, and Chargers turned the ball over 14 times.

Three players dished off an assist for Iola, Fischer pilfered four of its six steals, and the Thunderbirds committed 24 turnovers.

Witt-Birn hosts Prentice Monday at 7:30 p.m.



Iola-Scandinavia at Witt-Birn

Chargers 41, Thunderbirds 29

At Witt-Birn High School

Thur., Feb. 6, 2017



ISHS          14      15    – 29

WBHS        25      16    – 41
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Witt-Birn ladies trim Iola, retain share of CW8 lead
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Playing in the words of coach Mike Balliett just well enough to win, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team trimmed Iola-Scandinavia, 41-29.

Witt-Birn beat the Thunderbirds by 51-27 on Dec. 20.

With the victory, the Lady Chargers retained their share of the Central Wisconsin Eight Conference lead by moving to 11-1. Co-leader Amherst beat Weyauwega Fremont by 63-29. Witt-Birn is 18-1 overall while Amherst is 17-1, and the Chargers remain eighth in Division 4 AP state rankings.

Iola-Scandinavia fell to 5-6 in league play and 10-9 overall.

We did play just well enough to win, Balliett said, We played good defense, but need to be much better shooting the ball.

After opening up a 25-14 half time lead, Witt-Birn connected on just six of 31 second half shots but able to hold I-S to just 15 points.

Overall, the Lady Chargers hit 14 of 50 two-point field goals (28 percent), six of 24 three-pointers (25 percent), and converted seven of 11 free throws for 63 percent accuracy from the stripe.

They were paced by Taylor Nier with 11 points, Paige Norrbom with nine, Emily Norrbom with eight, and Corrissa Konkol with six. Maddy Pietz added three points, and Alexis Balliett and Samantha Kasprak added two apiece.

Leighten Fischer led the Thunderbird with 17 points, tallied four, Hannah Melum and Bryanna Kisting contributed three each, and Erika Kisting added two.

Iola hit 12 of 45 two-point shots (26 percent), three of 20 three-pointers (15 percent), and made two of eight charity tosses for 25 percent accuracy from the line.

Paige Norrbom led Charger rebounders with 11 of the teams’ 33 caroms. Konkol grabbed six, and Balliett and Emily Norrbom snared five each.

Fischer grabbed 12 of the Thunderbirds’ 34 rebounds.

Paige Norrbom also led her squad with four of its 12 assists, while Emily Norrbom handed off three, and Balliett and Konkol two apiece. Emily Norrbom and Nier each swiped four of Witt-Birns’ 16 steals, and Chargers turned the ball over 14 times.

Three players dished off an assist for Iola, Fischer pilfered four of its six steals, and the Thunderbirds committed 24 turnovers.

Witt-Birn hosts Prentice Monday at 7:30 p.m.



Iola-Scandinavia at Witt-Birn

Chargers 41, Thunderbirds 29

At Witt-Birn High School

Thur., Feb. 6, 2017



ISHS          14      15    – 29

WBHS        25      16    – 41
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