After two losses, Indee girls clip Norse late

Playing without one of the team’s few seniors, the Independence girls basketball team struggled on the road early last week before ending with a close win against Whitehall.

Independence couldn’t get its offense going without Brianna Truog — second on the team in points and rebounds — in the lineup, who was injured in the team’s game against Augusta on Jan. 31. The result was 54-35 loss against Eau Claire Immenuel Lutheran before falling to Gilmanton 44-38. The Indees got back in the win column on Saturday, however, with a 37-35 home victory over Whitehall.

The Indees only play once this week as they went to Blair-Taylor on Tuesday before their final scheduled regular season game at home against Alma/Pepin next week Thursday. 

Independence enters this week with a 9-11 overall record and a 4-8 mark in Dairyland Conference play.

ECI 54 Independence 35

With another key loss to the lineup, the Indees struggled to get their offense going.

With senior Brianna Truog — one of just a few players on the team with any varsity experience entering the season — out with an ankle injury, the Indees struggled to get into their offense with 24 turnovers. 

The game was close early, but the Lancers went on an 11-2 run and the Indees were never able to recover. 

That run put ECI ahead 21-8, the Indees ended it with a basket, but the Lancers went on to score the next seven points and took a 28-14 lead into halftime.

The teams went back and forth for much of the second half, but the Indees weren’t able to cut into the lead much as the Lancers cruised for the win.

Ziy Conner led the Indees with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Aubrie Pronschinske filled in for Truog and scored eight points with 12 rebounds while Amiah Ives scored six, Emerson Pronschinske finished with five, Alana Back with four and Avery Pape had two points.

In addition to turning the ball over 24 times, the Indees shot 28 percent from the field and managed to get just one free throw attempt. 

Independence (Field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Back 2/9-0/0-2-3-4 Pape 1/3-0/0-1-1-2 Au. Pronschinske 3/11-0/1-12-3-8 Pyka 0/1-0/0-0-0-0 Ives 3/5-0/0-7-0-6 Perry 0/2-0/0-2-1-0 Em. Pronschinske 2/17-0/0-7-2-5 Pietrek 0/0-0/0-1-0-0 Conner 5/10-0/0-13-0-10

GHS 44 Independence 38

The Indees shot better than the Panthers from the field, but turnovers were the difference.

Independence had a 24-18 lead at halftime, but the Panthers shut the Indees down in the second half, holding them to just 14 points. Gilmanton took the lead with three shots from beyond the arc early in the second half as Independence couldn’t catch up.

Ziy Conner had 16 points and pulled down 20 rebounds for the Indees. Alana Back added nine points with Emerson Pronschinske scoring six, Avery Pape finishing with five, Aubrie Pronschinske with three and Amiah Ives adding two. 

The Indees shot 37 percent from the field, better than Gilmanton’s 33 percent, but they also committed 26 turnovers to Gilmanton’s 12. 

Independence (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Back 4/4-1/1-5-4-9 Pape 2/7-0/0-1-2-5 Au. Pronschinske 0/4-0/0-6-3-3 Ives 1/3-0/0-0-0-2 Perry 0/0-0/0-1-2-0 E. Pronschinske 2/12-0/0-2-4-6 Conner 7/13-2/2-20-1-16

Independence 37 WHS 35

It came down to the last second, but Conner’s buzzer beater gave the Indees a win to end the week.

Independence scored the first 10 points of the game, but their offense stalled after that. Whitehall had a 31-27 lead late in the second half before the Indees were able to even position themselves for a win.

The comeback started with a three pointer by Emerson Pronschinske before Conner scored and Pronschinske followed with a free throw to put Independence ahead 33-31. 

Whitehall came back as Olivia Youngbauer made two free throws to tie the game. After Conner put the Indees ahead again, Youngbauer connected on two more free throws, tying the game at 35.

After a miss by Aubrie Pronschinske, Whitehall’s Abby Semb got the rebound, but a turnover gave it back to Independence. Emerson Pronschinske drew a non-shooting foul, but missed a  potential game-winning free throw, just to see Conner get the rebound and put the ball in the basket for the win.

After a 10-0 start to the game for Independence, Whitehall climbed back to get within seven at halftime before starting the second half on an 8-0 run.

A three by Emerson Pronschinske put the Indees back ahead, but the Norse kept firing as the teams went back and forth throughout the rest of the game.

The box score was as even as the final score as Independence shot 31 percent from the field to Whitehall’s 29 percent. Both teams had 33 rebounds, Whitehall had 16 turnovers to Independence’s 15. One big difference was at the free-throw line where Whitehall made 13-of-22 attempts and Independence game in at four-for-10.

Youngbauer led Whitehall with 12 points while Sami Huff added six, Mykensie Beighley, Nylah Lisowski and Norah Youngbauer all scored four, Ariel Koxlien finished with three and Ellie Matejka scored two.

Emerson Pronschinske’s 14 points led the Indees while Conner scored 12 and pulled down 18 rebounds. Pape scored five points for the Indees with Ives adding four and Aubrie Pronschinske scoring two.

Independence (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Back 0/2-0/0-1-3-0 Pape 2/7-0/2-4-4-5 Au. Pronschisnke 1/8-0/0-2-2-2 Ives 2/3-0/0-3-1-4 Perry 0/1-0/0-1-1-0 E. Pronschinske 4/17-2/5-3-2-14 Pietreik 0/1-0/0-1-1-0 Conner 5/6-2/3-18-3-12


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