Bears win CWL showdown with Chargers

Leader Sports Editor

BONDUEL The Bonduel girls basketball team avenged their only CWL Conference loss Thursday night with a 43-28 win over Wittenberg-Birnamwood to move into a first-place tie with Marion in the CWL Conference standings.

The Bears jumped out early and never trailed the entire game on their way to the big win. Bonduel opened the game on an 8-0 run with six points coming off of Melissa Edler layups. Edler finished the game with 10 points.

The Chargers started to heat up midway through the first period, but could only manage to put together a 7-4 run to close out the first period trailing 13-7. Seven would eventually be a popular number for Witt-Birn, as the Chargers scored seven points in each quarter.

The second period opened with Witt-Birn continuing their hot streak scoring the first six points of the period. Brooke Trzebiatowski had the hot hand scoring all six of the points for the Chargers. She finished the night with a team-high 12 points.

The Bears would put together a streak of their own to close out the first half, outscoring the Chargers 8-1 in the final five minutes of the first half. The Bears held a 21-14 lead at the half.

The second half proved to be just as tough for the Chargers, as Bonduel jumped out again thanks to an 13-3 run in the first four minutes of the third period. The run helped the Bears build a 34-17 lead with 3:50 left in the third. The Chargers would score five unanswered points to close out the period but still trailed 34-21 heading into the final period of play.

In the fourth quarter Bonduel's Stefanie Richter stepped up her play scoring five of the Bears' nine points in the period. Richter and Lisa Hille led the Bears with 11 points each. The Bears continued to play strong on the defensive end to keep Witt-Birn from getting any easy shots. They opened the period on a 5-2 run to build a 39-23 lead before things got ugly.

With just over two minutes left to play Witt-Birn was called for a technical foul, along with a personal foul sending the Bears to the line for three free throws. Eight seconds later the Bears were on the line again for two more shots.

Trzebiatowski tried to keep the Chargers in the game scoring their final five points on a layup and three pointer, but it would not be enough as the Bears take the 15-point win.

"This was big because we lost to them last time," said Bonduel Head Coach Mark Margelofski.

With the win the Bears can now control their own fate in the race for the CWL title.

"We are certainly glad we are where we are," said Margelofski. "It is nice to be in a situation to have control of our own destiny."

The Bears (7-4, 6-1) will be looking to keep pace with Marion when they host Weyauwega on Jan. 25. The Chargers (6-6, 5-3) fall a game and a half back of Bonduel and Marion in the standings and will look to rebound from their loss when they host Amherst on Jan. 25.

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