B-T girls team splits four games

It was an up-and-down week for the Blair-Taylor girls basketball team.

The Wildcats began with a loss to Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran on Monday and ended with a loss to Royall on Saturday, but won two games in between, beating Melrose-Mindoro on Tuesday and Augusta on Thursday. 

The Wildcats began this week with a 7-14 overall record and still had an outside shot at winning the Dairyland Conference Large Division at 5-6, behind Melrose-Mindoro and Whitehall (both 6-4). 

B-T will host Whitehall on Friday before playing a nonconference game at Plum City/Elmwood this coming Monday. They’ll welcome Eleva-Strum next Thursday to close out the regular season. 

ECI 53 B-T 48

The Wildcats had the lead midway through the second half, but the Lancers went on tear.

ECI scored 22 points in the final nine minutes of the game to turn what was a four-point deficit into a five-point win. 

The Wildcats knocked down five three pointers — Elissa Smetana and Andi Beck both had two — in the first half to take a 26-21 lead into halftime. Samantha Aguilar and Smetana connected on deep shots in the second half as the team maintained a four-point lead with about nine minutes left.

B-T closed the game scoring at about the same pace it had been as the team got three pointers from Aguilar and Beck, however, the Lancers became more aggressive. ECI attacked the basket, scoring seven baskets and eight free throws to pull ahead for the win.

Aguilar had a team-high 14 points for B-T, while Beck finished with 12. The team got nine from Smetana, eight from Andrea Waldera and five from Maddie Frederixon. 

B-T 58 Mel-Min 50

The Mustangs just couldn’t keep the Wildcats away from the basket. 

B-T was aggressive early as Waldera scored three baskets from in close, while Beck had one and three free throws and Smetana knocked down a three pointer to help the team take a 17-8 lead out of the gate.

The Wildcats held that lead for most of the game. The team was ahead 32-24 at halftime and 41-32 midway through the second half.

Like ECI did a night earlier, the Mustangs made push at the end. Cooper Zeman scored seven points as Mel-Min fought to make the game close. This time, B-T responded. 

Beck continued to be aggressive as she made nine free throws down the stretch, while Aguilar scored seven points to help their team hold off the Mustangs.

Beck had a team-high 20 points including a 15-for-19 mark from the free-throw line. Aguilar added 12, Waldera, 11; Smetana, 10; Brenna Thorson, three and Frederixon, two. Waldera and Aguilar both had double-doubles as Aguilar pulled down 11 rebounds and Waldera finished with 10, along with four blocked shots. 

B-T 56 Augusta 32

After struggling in the first half, the Wildcats exploded for 45 points in the second to turn a halftime deficit into a lopsided win.

B-T trailed 14-11 at intermission with Beck scoring nine for the Wildcats. Beck continued to score in the second half, but got some help as the Wildcats got on track.

Beck scored six points early in the second half while Aguilar added eight, Smetana knocked down two three pointers and both Waldera and Frederixon scored four all within the first nine minutes as B-T went ahead 39-24

The Wildcats kept rolling until the finish, scoring 17 more points before the end of the game to win by 24.

Beck’s 20 points were a team-high while Aguilar added 15. Smetana scored eight, Waldera, six; Frederixon, five and Thorson chipped in with two. 

Royall 58 B-T 35

The Wildcats hung with one of the top-ranked Division Five teams for a half, but couldn’t keep up in the second.

B-T got 10 points from Aguilar in the first half as it trailed Royall by seven at halftime. 

The Panthers slowly built on its lead in the second half, outscoring B-T two-to-one in the first 10 minutes before closing with an 18-7 run to win by 23.

Waldera had a team-high 13 points for B-T while Aguilar scored 10, Beck, seven; Frederixon, three and Thorson, two. 

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