Wildcats top 80 points in two wins
While they weren’t exactly lights out from beyond the arc, the Blair-Taylor girls basketball team was still able to score more than 80 points in two wins last week.
The Wildcats shot less than 30 percent on three-pointers in both games, but still had more than 50 points before halftime in each as they cruised to 58-point wins over New Lisbon on the road last week Tuesday and at home against Black River Falls on Thursday.
After another non-conference game against Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Tuesday of this week, the Wildcats will open Dairyland Conference play this coming Tuesday when they head to Melrose-Mindoro. They’ll play at Eleva-Strum next week Friday.
B-T 84 N. Lisbon 26
Even while they struggled from the outside, the Wildcats were able to score 51 points in the first half of a blowout win.
The Wildcats shot just six-for-26 from beyond the arc in the game, but they made nearly 70 percent of their two-point shots as they dominated from the opening tip. B-T was able to get in transition as they had 24 steals in the game, they also had 42 rebounds.
Abby Thompson made four of B-T’s three pointers as she poured in a game-high 26 points, while adding 11 assists and seven rebounds. Lindsay Steien added 16 points and 10 assists, while chipping in eight steals and six rebounds. Kierstyn Kindschy added 12 points and Samantha Kidd chipped in with 11.
B-T (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Thompson 9/18-4/4-7-0-26 Butterfield 0/0-0/0-0-2-0 M. Frederixon 1/1-0/2-0-1-2 Kidd 5/11-0/0-1-1-11 L. Frederixon 0/0-0/0-5-2-0 Steien 8/16-0/0-6-0-16 Waldera 0/0-1/2-1-0-1 Wagner 1/1-0/0-8-2-2 Kindschy 5/12-1/2-4-2-12 Fremstad 3/6-0/0-7-4-6 Lofgren 4/6-0/0-3-4-8
B-T 82 BR Falls 24
The Wildcats scored the first 26 points in the game and never looked back.
The Tigers struggled to get the ball past the half court line as B-T’s pressure defense forced numerous turnovers — either steals, passes out of bounds or traveling violations. B-T had 25 steals in the game, led by Thompson’s 10.
Thompson knocked in a couple of three pointers as part of B-T’s run, but for the most part the points came after steals as the Wildcats took a 54-14 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats added 28 more points in the second half despite some shooting struggles. B-T shot 27 percent on three-point attempts and were three-for-13 at the free-throw line.
Thompson recorded a triple-double for B-T, adding 20 points and 13 assists to her 10 steals. Steien scored a game-high 29 points while adding eight rebounds and five steals. The team also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Sydney Fremstad.
B-T — (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Thompson 8/12-1/1-3-3-20 Butterfield 0/3-0/0-1-1-0 M. Frederixon 0/0-0/0-1-0-0 Kidd 2/7-0/0-2-3-5 L. Frederixon 0/1-0/0-2-0-0 Steien 13/25-0/0-8-0-29 Waldera 2/2-0/3-1-1-4 Wagner 2/5-0/3-0-3-4 Kindschy 2/10-1/2-4-0-5 Fremstad 6/10-1/4-7-4-13 Lofgren 1/3-0/0-7-2-2