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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team came to play on Tuesday night, giving the state-ranked Amherst Falcons all they could handle in a tough 40-38 Central Wisconsin East Conference loss.

Amherst entered ranked third in division three with just one defeat on the season and a perfect 9-0 conference mark, but found itself in an 11-0 hole to start the game, and trailed the Lady Chargers at the half by a score of 17-12.

Amherst rallied to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but a turnover by Wittenberg-Birnamwood gave the ball back to the Falcons who came down the floor and scored just before the horn for their 16th win in 17 tries.

“It was a playoff atmosphere game tonight,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We played well and the girls came to battle, we just didn't execute at the end.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood held Amherst to just 23 percent shooting on the night, as it hit only 13 of 56 field goal attempts in a solid defensive effort. It was also a stark turnaround from a 22 point loss to the Falcons in December.

“Amherst is tough,” Mechelke added. “But I think we are getting there.”

Emma Herb led the Lady Chargers in scoring with 17 points on eight of 14 shooting, while pulling down 14 rebounds for a double-double. Olivia Curley added six points, while Megan Konkol had five.

Chloe King added four points, while Erica Wendler had three and Abi Fraaza went for three points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Amherst put two players in double figures, led by Grace Moe with 18 points, while Ashley Groshek had 15. Both did plenty of damage at the free throw line, hitting eight of nine attempts, always a key stat in a close game.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot a decent 39 percent for the contest, but managed 41 attempts to the 56 put up by the Falcons.

The Chargers fell to 8-9 overall and 5-4 in conference play. Wittenberg-Birnamwood will next host Iola-Scandinavia on Thursday.

Scoring Summary

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Falcons 40, Chargers 38

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019



AHS 12 28 40

WBHS 17 21 38



Scoring-

Amherst- Grace Moe 18, Ashley Groshek 15, River Dombrowski 3, Lauren Boelte 2, Sydney Lehman 2

Witt-Birn- Emma Herb 17, Olivia Curley 6, Megan Konkol 5, Chloe King 4, Erica Wendler 3, Abi Fraaza 3

Shooting-

Amherst- FG 10-50, 3FG 3-6, FT 11-14

Witt-Birn- FG 14-32, 3FG 2-9, FT 4-9

Rebounds-

Amherst- 24

Witt-Birn- 28

Turnovers-

Amherst- 14

Witt-Birn- 21

Records-

Amherst- 16-1 (10-0 CWC East)

Witt-Birn- 8-9 (5-4 CWC East)
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Lady Chargers take state ranked Amherst to the wire
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team came to play on Tuesday night, giving the state-ranked Amherst Falcons all they could handle in a tough 40-38 Central Wisconsin East Conference loss.

Amherst entered ranked third in division three with just one defeat on the season and a perfect 9-0 conference mark, but found itself in an 11-0 hole to start the game, and trailed the Lady Chargers at the half by a score of 17-12.

Amherst rallied to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but a turnover by Wittenberg-Birnamwood gave the ball back to the Falcons who came down the floor and scored just before the horn for their 16th win in 17 tries.

“It was a playoff atmosphere game tonight,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We played well and the girls came to battle, we just didn't execute at the end.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood held Amherst to just 23 percent shooting on the night, as it hit only 13 of 56 field goal attempts in a solid defensive effort. It was also a stark turnaround from a 22 point loss to the Falcons in December.

“Amherst is tough,” Mechelke added. “But I think we are getting there.”

Emma Herb led the Lady Chargers in scoring with 17 points on eight of 14 shooting, while pulling down 14 rebounds for a double-double. Olivia Curley added six points, while Megan Konkol had five.

Chloe King added four points, while Erica Wendler had three and Abi Fraaza went for three points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Amherst put two players in double figures, led by Grace Moe with 18 points, while Ashley Groshek had 15. Both did plenty of damage at the free throw line, hitting eight of nine attempts, always a key stat in a close game.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot a decent 39 percent for the contest, but managed 41 attempts to the 56 put up by the Falcons.

The Chargers fell to 8-9 overall and 5-4 in conference play. Wittenberg-Birnamwood will next host Iola-Scandinavia on Thursday.

Scoring Summary

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Falcons 40, Chargers 38

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019



AHS 12 28 40

WBHS 17 21 38



Scoring-

Amherst- Grace Moe 18, Ashley Groshek 15, River Dombrowski 3, Lauren Boelte 2, Sydney Lehman 2

Witt-Birn- Emma Herb 17, Olivia Curley 6, Megan Konkol 5, Chloe King 4, Erica Wendler 3, Abi Fraaza 3

Shooting-

Amherst- FG 10-50, 3FG 3-6, FT 11-14

Witt-Birn- FG 14-32, 3FG 2-9, FT 4-9

Rebounds-

Amherst- 24

Witt-Birn- 28

Turnovers-

Amherst- 14

Witt-Birn- 21

Records-

Amherst- 16-1 (10-0 CWC East)

Witt-Birn- 8-9 (5-4 CWC East)
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