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The coach may have been different, but the style of play and result was the same Tuesday night, as the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team opened its season with a 45-30 win over Medford.

Former assistant coach Nick Mechelke officially took the reigns for long-time head man Mike Balliett, and his team forced 20 turnovers and out rebounded the Raiders 33-20 on their way to victory.

We came out a little rough around the edges on offense, Mechelke said. But our defense brought the intensity in the first half to get us the lead.

The defensive effort continued in the second half as the Lady Chargers never allowed Medford to seriously challenge them, pulling away for the 15 point win.

I was really impressed with our defense tonight, Mechelke added. One of the keys to victory was pressure and pursuing the rebound and that’s what we did, very proud of our girls starting this season on a high note.

Medford was held to just 21 percent shooting on the night, making just 10 of 46 attempts. Wittenberg-Birnamwood was a solid 48 percent from two point range for the game, but struggled from the outside, making just one of 15 three point attempts.

The lone three point make came courtesy of Paige Norrbom, who finished with a game high 14 points. Norrbom added six rebounds and three steals.

Emily Norrbom had 12 points, while Vicki Dombeck added five. Abi Fraaza recorded four points to go with a game high eight rebounds. Oliva Curley also had four points. Maddy Pietz had two points and six rebounds.

Medford was led by Desirae Weissmiller with nine points.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood is now off until Nov. 30, when they will play at Wausau East. The Central Wisconsin Eight Conference opener for the Lady Chargers is set for Dec. 5, when they host Bonduel.
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Mechelke era begins with 15 point win for Lady Chargers
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The coach may have been different, but the style of play and result was the same Tuesday night, as the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team opened its season with a 45-30 win over Medford.

Former assistant coach Nick Mechelke officially took the reigns for long-time head man Mike Balliett, and his team forced 20 turnovers and out rebounded the Raiders 33-20 on their way to victory.

We came out a little rough around the edges on offense, Mechelke said. But our defense brought the intensity in the first half to get us the lead.

The defensive effort continued in the second half as the Lady Chargers never allowed Medford to seriously challenge them, pulling away for the 15 point win.

I was really impressed with our defense tonight, Mechelke added. One of the keys to victory was pressure and pursuing the rebound and that’s what we did, very proud of our girls starting this season on a high note.

Medford was held to just 21 percent shooting on the night, making just 10 of 46 attempts. Wittenberg-Birnamwood was a solid 48 percent from two point range for the game, but struggled from the outside, making just one of 15 three point attempts.

The lone three point make came courtesy of Paige Norrbom, who finished with a game high 14 points. Norrbom added six rebounds and three steals.

Emily Norrbom had 12 points, while Vicki Dombeck added five. Abi Fraaza recorded four points to go with a game high eight rebounds. Oliva Curley also had four points. Maddy Pietz had two points and six rebounds.

Medford was led by Desirae Weissmiller with nine points.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood is now off until Nov. 30, when they will play at Wausau East. The Central Wisconsin Eight Conference opener for the Lady Chargers is set for Dec. 5, when they host Bonduel.
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