Wrightstown stays perfect in conference play
LUXEMBURG (WLUK) -- Thursday night the Wrightstown girls basketball team's perfect record in conference was in jeopardy as Luxemburg-Casco gave the look of a team ready to spring an upset.
After trailing most of the first 30 minutes, however, the Tigers kicked into another gear, outscoring the Spartans, 18-3, down the stretch.
Kailee Van Zeeland hit two clutch shots to give Wrightstown a five-point lead late and from there the Tigers held off the Spartans, 91-82, in North Eastern Conference action.
Wrightstown's total was seven points away from the program record for points as Bridget Froehlke poured in 26 points, with Ella Diny adding 21 and Van Zeeland 20.
"We took good care of the basketball late and we talked all week poise was going to be the difference," Wrightstown coach Mike Froehlke said. "We have some very big games ahead of us, so to be able to finish a game like this is really important."
"Our team has a variety of shooters and really good rebounders, so towards the end of the game when we got up on them we decided we needed to take really good shots," Bridget Froehlke said. "Kailee did a nice job knocking down some corner threes and Ella and Taylor (Guns) did a nice job rebounding on the inside."
Wrightstown (16-1, 13-0), the top-ranked team in the FOX 11 Top 11, shockingly beat L-C in the teams' first meeting, 77-44, but that was never a thought Thursday. The No. 11 Spartans (11-5, 9-3) threatened to push the lead to double digits throughout the game but the Tigers always had an answer.
Froehlke, Diny and Van Zeeland's 67 combined points were too much to deal with for L-C which did receive 21 points from Jenna Jorgensen 17 from Cassie Schiltz and 16 from Mary Cravillion -- 54 combined points.
"We just want to go out and win basketball games," Mike Froehlke said. "It didn't matter tonight we were down, they just wanted to win. They weren't thinking about a three-game lead or a conference championship."
The win was huge for Wrightstown which now owns a three-game lead in NEC play over L-C and Freedom. Notwithstanding, the Tigers weren't consumed with the conference title race, despite what the win means.
"This game was big for our confidence as well, with the conference title in our hands and we're not really worried about that anymore," Bridget Froehlke said. "We just want to keep our record going with only one loss."
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