Pehler paves way for Raiders in win over G-E-T

            Arcadia senior Casidi Pehler drove the ball toward the offensive half of the court during last Friday’s 51-32 win over G-E-T at Arcadia High School. Pehler’s 25 points led all players.   (Times photograph by Benjamin Pierce)

            Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau senior Tatum Johnson fought Arcadia freshman Tatum Drazkowski for a rebound in the second half of Arcadia’s 51-32 win at home last Friday.  (Times photograph by Benjamin Pierce)

In the opening minutes of last Friday’s Trempealeau County rivalry game at Arcadia High School, senior Casidi Pehler showed she was ready for a big night on offense.

Pehler scored eight of the Raiders’ first 10 points behind a pair of three-pointers as her 25-point performance helped the hosts beat Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 51-32. Arcadia is now 13-7 on the year and remains second in the Coulee Conference with a 9-2 record.

“She was having great post-ups, coming outside and shooting,” Arcadia coach Evan Pagel said. “At the start of the year she was just inside, but it goes to show you what coming to practice every day and accepting new challenges will take you. Without her tonight, it would’ve been a struggle.”

Pehler hit a pair of early three-pointers to give Arcadia a 10-4 lead before G-E-T (5-15, 4-6 Coulee) found some offense from Emma Grams, Halene DeJager and Amara Brantner to cut the score to a one possession game.

Arcadia took a 23-12 lead into halftime, but the Red Hawks again reduced their deficit in the opening minutes of the second half. Kaylee Hauge was G-E-T’s most productive player on Friday with a team-best 11 points.

“I think we just settled down a lot,” G-E-T coach John Schmidtknecht said of his team’s ability to recover from early deficits. “We slowed things down to our speed on offense, got a good shot, got a good possession and ran set plays that we are comfortable to run. I just told them to chip away, get a good defensive possession and come back for a good offensive shot.”

The Raiders were able to pull away later in the second half as Pehler’s offense continued to build—the senior had 17 points after halftime to lead Arcadia past G-E-T’s comeback bid.

Tatum Drazkowksi scored eight points for Arcadia, which knows that better rebounding will be necessary when the postseason ramps up later this month. Pagel said G-E-T was a tough test for his team in that area.

“When we know we’re the faster team and we should be the team that should out-rebound the opposing team, we’ve got to take advantage of those things and not assume it’s going to be a given,” Pagel said. “I think that’s really what’s gonna allow us to go far in the playoffs. 

Arcadia was scheduled to visit Bangor on Monday and hosts Viroqua this Friday as the Raiders seek their 10th conference victory.

Arcadia (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Walters 0-1/2-0-0-1; Slaby 0/3-0/0-1-2-0; Grotjahn 0/6-0/0-6-3-0; Lockington 0/2-3/4-0-0-3; Drazkowski 4/9-0/0-11-2-8; Pehler 10/19-1/2-6-2-25; Anderson 1/2-0/0-0-1-3; Aspen 1/5-0/0-3-1-2; Schlesser 1/5-0/0-4-1-2; Schlosstein 0/0-0/0-2-0-0; Sonsalla 3/12-0/0-3-0-7.

G-E-T (field goals-free throws/attempts-fouls-points)—Hauge 5-1/4-0-11; Brantner 3-1/2-2-7; Filla 1-1/3-1-3; DeJager 2-0/2-3-5; Johnson 0-1/6-3-1; Lightfoot 1-0/0-1-3; Grams 1-0/0-1-2; Simmons 0-0/0-2-0.

W. Salem 70 Arcadia 35

The team above Arcadia in the Coulee standings kept the Raiders from gaining ground last Tuesday.

West Salem (17-4, 10-0 Coulee) got an explosion of offense from Megan Johnson, whose 31 points and 10 steals led the Panthers to victory at home.

Arcadia was led by 14 points from freshman Madison Grotjahn.

Arcadia (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-points)—Slaby 1/4-3/4-2-5; Grotjahn 6/14-0/0-8-14; Lockington 0/4-0/0-3-0; Pehler 1/7-3/5-5-6; Aspen 1/3-0/0-0-3; Schlesser 1/4-0/1-2-3; Sonsalla 1/8-2/2-6-4.

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