Hailey Curtis looks for a passing lane against D.C. Everest on Friday, Nov. 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Photo by Brett LaBore/Lakeland Times.
Hailey Curtis looks for a passing lane against D.C. Everest on Friday, Nov. 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Photo by Brett LaBore/Lakeland Times.
The Lakeland girls’ basketball team played a trio of games over the holiday week, one of them coming in dramatic fashion.

The Thunderbirds played non-conference Marshfield on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and won 66-64. 

Then over the weekend, the Thunderbirds participated in the Tom Kislow Memorial Basketball Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Thunderbirds defeated D.C. Everest 66-43 on Friday, Nov. 29, and lost to Crandon 57-46 on Saturday, Nov. 30.



Marshfield

Lakeland looked to start the season 2-0. With under a minute left in a tie game, Julianna Ouimette hit a three to put them up three. Marshfield had a shot at it and they hit a three to tie the game up once more at 64 apiece.

Julianna Ouimette finished with 29 points, eight assists and seven steals.

With under 10 seconds left, the Thunderbirds called a timeout to set up a play. They looked to Abby Parris, who took a three-point shot that missed. Amaya White got the rebound and scored the winning basket at the buzzer for the win.

“Amaya is a strong rebounder,” coach Melissa Ouimette said. “She got the weak side rebound over their tall defenders and put it right back up at the buzzer. That was a good game.”

Parris finished with 19 points and White finished with 11 points.



D.C. Everest

The Thunderbirds sought a 3-0 record when they played non-conference D.C. Everest in Friday. The story of the game was turnovers.

Right away, Julianna Ouimette had four quick points, one off a steal and the other off an assist by Camille Quade.

Then the Thunderbirds’ defense created problems. D.C. Everest didn’t score until the 14:25 mark of the first half.

Julianna Ouimette finished with 15 steals. Vivian Trapp added in six steals.

“Our press was great, (D.C. Everest) couldn’t get the ball down the court,” coach Ouimette said.

With the score at 7-5, White made two straight baskets. She scored and got fouled, then came down and hit a three. She finished with 13 points and shot 50% from three.

That started an avalanche of Thunderbird points. Parris scored off a steal and then scored again when Julianna Ouimette stole the ball. Parris ended up making three straight baskets at one point.

Parris finished with 19 points, shooting seven of nine from two.

Then Julianna Ouimette made two straight baskets, one off a steal and the other on a White assist. Julianna Ouimette finished with 20 points and 10 assists.

“Our press was attacking, stealing and (D.C. Everest) didn’t know what hit them,” coach Ouimette said.

Julianna Ouimette showed her passing skills and assisted on shots made by White and Hailey Curtis. 

Lakeland ended up going on a 20-2 run and led 27-7.

Later, White came back with another three, this one coming off a Trapp assist. Early in the second half, Quade scored a two off a pass from Julianna Ouimette. They salted away the game for a victory and went 3-0 on the season.



Crandon

It was a slugfest of a game between both teams when Lakeland played Crandon on Saturday. Early it was White and Parris scoring baskets and points on fouls. Crandon took a 9-4 lead and Lakeland called a timeout.

“They probably play the most physical style out of all the teams we’ve played,” coach Ouimette said. “They box out hard.”

The Thunderbirds responded with two three-pointers by Parris and Julianna Ouimette. The game went to half at 21-21.

Julianna Ouimette finished with 23 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals. The Thunderbirds ran out of gas in the second half. White made two straight baskets to give the Thunderbirds some rhythm. 

Then Julianna Ouimette made a coast-to-coast layup, but Crandon started to make some shots and went up by nine.

“I think we just got a little tired and then the second half we got down,” coach Ouimette said. “We were missing shots we normally don’t miss, we missed a lot of layups, outside shots and fatigue of last nights’ game.”

Then the Thunderbirds made a shot off a Julianna Ouimette basket. White had the assist off a huge offensive rebound.

White led the team with seven total rebounds.

Crandon was too much. They went up 52-38 with four minutes to go. Lakeland made one more run at the game. Quade and Parris made shots but it was not enough. 

Up next, the Thunderbirds play Friday, Dec. 6 at Hayward High School starting at 5:30 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.