Norse overcome early threes to beat Independence in opener

            Norah Youngbauer of Whitehall sent a shot toward the basket after drawing a foul during their game against Independence last week Tuesday.     (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

            Independence’s Adison Pronschinske drove to the basket during their game against Whitehall last week Tuesday.                      (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy) 

A 20-0 run that began in the first half helped the Whitehall girls basketball team overcome some hot first half shooting by Independence with a 51-36 win in the season opener for both teams.

The Indees made four three pointers and had another three-point play with a basket and a foul as they took a 15-8 lead early in the game. Senior guard Rhianna Theisen accounted for nine of the points with two three pointers and the three-point play, while Callie Zastrow made the other two shots from outside. After Whitehall made a run to get within four, baskets by Arabelle Kniseley and Ahnna Bautch put the Indees ahead 21-13. 

That’s when Whitehall began its run. 

Haili Sluga gave the Norse a spark with two straight baskets before Norah Youngbauer knocked down a three pointer that brought the Norse within one. Trinity Aasen made a jump shot with about 40 seconds left in the first half that gave the Norse a 22-21 lead with a 9-0 run before halftime.

Whitehall kept it going in the second half. Olivia Killian scored six points in the post, while Vaida Goplin knocked down a jumper and Avery Sonsalla made a three pointer as Whitehall’s lead grew to 33-21. 

The Indees pulled within nine on a free throw by Mikayah Scow, but Youngbauer responded with a three pointer that put her team back ahead by 12. Aasen then knocked down a three before a basket by Killian made the score 44-27. The Norse maintained control throughout the rest of the game.

Killian scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half as she also pulled down 12 rebounds. Youngbauer added 10 points, while Aasen scored eight. 

Theisen led the Indees with 11 points, while Zastrow scored six. 

Both teams shot roughly the same percentage from the field, but the Norse had 20 more field goal attempts. Whitehall outrebounded the Indees 35-32 and took advantage of 28 Independence turnovers, while committing 19 of their own. The Indees also struggled at the free-throw line, making five-of-15 attempts.

Whitehall was in action again on Tuesday of this week as they hosted Plum City/Elmwood. Their next game will be this coming Tuesday when Cochrane-Fountain City comes to Whitehall. 

The Indees rebounded with a 48-18 win over Coulee Christian, no further information was provided prior to press time. 

Whitehall (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Sonsalla 1/2-1/2-3-0-4 Sluga 2/5-0/0-3-0-4 Goplin 2/7-0/0-3-3-4 Youngbauer 3/15-2/2-4-1-10 Killian 7/11-2/2-12-1-16 Coburn 1/2-0/0-1-3-2 Aasen 3/11-1/2-3-3-8 Matejka 0/2-0/0-2-3-0 Clatt 1/5-0/0-0-0-3

Independence (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Kniseley 2/3-0/0-3-1-5 Pronschinske 1/3-3/6-3-0-5 Ives 0/5-0/0-8-2-0 Bautch 2/6-0/0-5-0-4 Zastrow 2/8-0/0-4-5-6 Theisen 4/9-1/3-4-1-11 Dejno 1/1-0/2-2-0-2 Scow 1/4-1/4-3-1-3 

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