The Lakeland girls’ basketball team took to the road to take on Tomahawk on Friday, Feb. 7.
The Thunderbirds won 74-20.
Everyone got involved early. Camille Quade scored two points on an Abby Parris assist. Then, Julianna Ouimette scored two points on a steal as did Parris. They used their steals to get fast break baskets.
Lakeland led 14-3 early.
Parris started to heat up behind the arc. She scored the Thunderbirds’ next nine points, all on 3-pointers. They grew their lead to 29-5 and Parris finished with four 3-pointers and 20 points.
Julianna Ouimette joined the 3-point party with one of her own. Amaya White followed that up with two points on a Joeli Koehler assist.
“It was great to see Abby hit three right in a row, and then Julianna took some and she hit three of them out from the outside,” coach Melissa Ouimette said.
Quade scored two more points in-between the 3-pointers.
Towards the end of the half, Parris hit one more 3-pointer before assisting Jenna Whitman on one of her own.
“When you can hit that outside shot it opens up the inside so much mor, and I know we’ve got several girls that love to drive,” coach Ouimette said. “If you can hit that outside shot, it’s going to make your game so much better.”
White hit a number of free throws late in the half, making 4/6 on the night and scoring eight points.
The Thunderbirds led 52-15 at the break.
Coming out of halftime, Quade scored two on a White assist. Then, Quade returned the favor and assisted a basket that went to White.
“We wanted to work on a new zone offense and we didn’t get a lot of time to spend on it in practice, but we wanted to throw it in tonight to see how they responded, and they did a nice job with it,” coach Ouimette said.
Next, series of 3-pointers broke out. Julianna Ouimette made one, followed by Vivian Trapp. Julianna Ouimette hit one more at the top of the key and finished with a team-high 25 points.
Koehler received the ball in the paint a few times and scored two points off a pass from Hailey Curtis. That pass was part of the new zone offense.
“We had nice ball movement — we hit the weak side girl, we hit the girl down low,” coach Ouimette said. “I thought we did a very nice job.”
Late in the game, Curtis scored a fast break bucket, drawing a foul. She made her free throw to complete the 3-point play.
With some big games coming up next, coach Ouimette will be adding some other touches to the offense as well.
“We’ve also been working on some new options for our man-to-man because we know that teams are starting to deny a little more and double team a little more,” coach Ouimette said.
Up next, the Thunderbirds host Rhinelander tonight at the Lakeland fieldhouse starting at 6 p.m.
Then, they travel to Northland Pines on Friday, Feb. 14 for another GNC game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]