Wrightstown dismantles Luxemburg-Casco
WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- It was supposed to be an early-season showdown between two of the best girls basketball teams in the North Eastern Conference, but Wrightstown made sure the showdown would be nothing but a blowout.
The Tigers, smarting from a season-opening loss to Ashwaubenon, dismantled Luxemburg-Casco, 77-44, on Tuesday night.
'It is a very big game for us," Wrightstown senior Kailee Van Zeeland said. "We kind of had first-game jitters -- we have a lot of new girls. We all settled down and now are playing our game."
"This was a nice win for us, I was proud off how the girls executed," Wrightstown coach Mike Froehlke said. "We focused on defense and I thought he girls did a real good job."
Wrightstown's key was its play on Cassie Schiltz, who scored 30 points in a season-opening loss to Bay Port. The Green Bay commit averaged a league best 22 points per game last season, but was never left alone Tuesday as the Tigers made sure there was always a defender on her.
Schiltz scored nine points, two in the first half, as Wrightstown led, 33-16.
"We worked on help defense and we helped each other a lot," Froehlke said. "We were coming off a loss from our previous game and this was a time to come together. It was a great team defensive effort."
"Schiltz is a very good player; we knew we needed to stop her," Van Zeeland said. "We also had to make sure we talked and helped other girls."
While the Spartans never got going, Wrightstown sure did. Van Zeeland scored a game-high 23 points, while Meghan Riha added 15 points and Ella Diny had 14.
Wrightstown made the state tournament last season, but lost some key players, including Danielle Nennig and Alisha Murphy. Van Zeeland hopes to build off Tuesday's win.
"We just have to keep going into practice and working hard," Van Zeeland said. "We have a lot of new girls and I know we're going to have each other's back and communicating is huge."
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