History was made when the Lakeland girls’ basketball team put on a show from behind the arc. Then more history was made when one individual scored her 1000th career point.
The Thunderbirds played two games in three days. First they beat conference-foe Antigo 90-47 on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Then, they defeated non-conference Shawano 71-47 on Saturday night.
Lakeland could not be stopped against Antigo. The Thunderbirds set a new school-record for 3-pointers in a game, making 15 of them.
“They were feeling it,” coach Melissa Ouimette said.
Abby Parris made five 3-pointers, Amaya White made four, Julianna Ouimette made three, Camille Quade made one, Hailey Curtis made one and McKenna Metrich made one.
“Julianna took the first one and the next one was Abby and then she took another three and it just kept on going,” coach Ouimette said.
That’s not all. Not only did they make 15 total in the game, but they shot 11 of 13 from behind the arc in the first half. They made seven in a row before missing their first one.
Eight minutes into the game, Lakeland led by a score of 44-4.
In total, the Thunderbirds shot 71.11% from the floor, 68% from two and 75% from three. They also recorded a total of 30 assists in the game.
They broke the school record in all four of those categories.
“I told them Antigo is always bigger than us — we’re not a supersized team, but we’re quick, we’re fast, we get after it,” coach Ouimette said. “I feel if you can bring your game, be quick, get those deflections, attack, don’t back down, we should be able to come out with the victory.”
Julianna Ouimette finished with 19 points, 10 assists and five steals. Parris finished with 21 points and three assists. White finished with a team-leading 22 points and two assists.
Vivian Trapp finished with two points and five assists, second most on the team. Quade finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
More history was made for Lakeland against Shawano.
Parris was closing in on 1000 points for her career and looked to do it in front of the home crowd.
After scoring a couple baskets in the first half, Parris took over in the second. She started off with a quick four points, one off of a steal. She was a basket away from 1000 for her career.
Minutes later, Parris scored yet again to give her 1000 points for her career. She finished with 29 points and six steals. She led the team with four 3-pointers.
“Not too many people in the state of Wisconsin can get 1000 points,” coach Ouimette said. “To be able to accomplish that in your high school career is pretty amazing, so she’s among an elite group.”
In the first half, the Lakeland defense turned turnovers into points. First Parris scored on a Julianna Ouimette assist.
Julianna Ouimette got a steal and got fouled on her way up to shoot, making both free throws. Then Parris got a steal and a bucket.
“I told them tonight was not a good shooting night for some of us, so we needed to really pick it up on our press and fast break,” coach Ouimette said.
Shawano called an early timeout with the Thunderbirds leading 9-0.
Trapp got in on the scoring, recording her first basket of the evening on a Julianna Ouimette assist.
Nearly five minutes into the game, Shawano scored their first points, but Lakeland continued to hold a steady lead thanks to free throws by Julianna Ouimette and a 3-pointer by Parris.
“That’s our best offense,” coach Ouimette said. “Go ahead and attack and go after it, don’t let them dribble the ball up the floor.”
Julianna Ouimette did a little bit of everything in the game, scoring points when her team needed a bucket and dishing out passes to set up scores. She finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists and 10 steals.
The 12 assists tied a school record for an individual.
Towards the end of the first half, White scored her first points on two baskets. One a 2-pointer and the other a three. The Thunderbirds led 32-19 at the half.
Seven minutes into the second half, Shawano started to make a little run and cut away at Lakeland’s lead. Shawano got to within six points at the 11:09 mark and Lakeland called a timeout.
The Thunderbirds responded with a three straight baskets and a 7-0 run. Quade made a shot off an offensive rebound. Then Julianna Ouimette made a basket followed by Parris with another 3-pointer.
“(We) just turned it on and got deflections and steals and we just took it hard to the rim,” coach Ouimette said.
Less than 40 seconds later Shawano called their own timeout. Lakeland led 48-35.
Parris continued to shoot well in the second half, making two more 3-pointers. Then Joeli Koehler scored her first points of the game.
“Abby connected on a couple outside threes for us and that picked us up. We just took off after that,” coach Ouimette said.
White and Trapp scored as well as the Thunderbirds distanced themselves as the second half went on. White finished with 10 points. Trapp recorded five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Lakeland ended the game on a 30-12 run.
Their next game comes tonight at home against Tomahawk starting at 6 p.m.
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