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T-Bird defense stouts Red Robins

February 04, 2020 by Brett LaBore

The Lakeland girls’ basketball team played another home game against Antigo on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Thunderbirds defeated the Red Robins 52-27, a total team effort from everyone on parents' night.

“The big part of it was to push in the first half and get those stops defensively and look to rotate people throughout the evening and get them touches and get them more confident and comfortable with the ball,” coach Melissa Ouimette said.

Julianna Ouimette got the Thunderbirds rolling early, scoring the team’s first seven points.

First, she hit a 3-pointer. Then, she gathered an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer and put it back up for two. Next, she scored on a steal.

Amaya White got it going early with a 3-pointer herself, on a pass from Abby Parris.

“We just like to fast break, but we have to get that steal first. We know Antigo likes to set up in a zone and zone is slow for us so we like to go fast,” coach Ouimette said.

Antigo took their first timeout. Lakeland led 10-2.

The Thunderbirds went the rest of the half on a 19-0 run. Here’s how it happened.

Joeli Koehler scored four points, two of them on an offensive rebound. 

Julianna Ouimette hit another 3-pointer, showing her range. Lakeland led 17-2 with 8:26 left in the half. 

“That’s the one part of her game I want her to pick up is her outside shooting,” coach Ouimette said. “She can shoot outside, but she doesn’t look for it quite as much as she does the drive.”

Camille Quade scored her first points of the evening, the assist going to Vivian Trapp. 

Going cold from the field to start the game, Parris got on the board with a fast break basket, sparking her to have a strong second half. 

To end the half, Quade scored two more baskets to put the finishing touches before halftime. The Thunderbirds led 29-2 at the break.

“We want to get the steal and push the ball and get down the court as fast as we can without having to set up an offense so that’s what we look to do,” coach Ouimette said.

The Red Robins’ offense proved more prolific in the second half. They scored 25 second half points including two points on their first possession. 

Greta Parsons led the team with 17 points, all in the second half.

Parris found her shooting stroke in the second half with 12 second half points. She scored two buckets early on, one assisted by Julianna Ouimette.

Shortly after that, Parris knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers. The Thunderbirds led 40-10 with 10 minutes left.

“(Abby’s) career is winding down here at the high school level,” coach Ouimette said. “The seniors have to be thinking, ‘Hey this is getting near the end,’ and just got to cherish every minute of it and enjoy every second of it.”

Julianna Ouimette only had two second half points, but finished the game with a team-high 16 points. 

Back in the game, Koehler scored a basket and got fouled. She made her free throw and finished the night with seven points.

White scored four more points before the end of the game. She ended with seven points as well.

One of White’s baskets came on a pass from Jenna Whitman. Whitman added a free throw to the game as well.

Up next, the Thunderbirds travel to Tomahawk for a road game on Friday, Feb. 7 starting at 6:15 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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