Bonduel girls stay on top of CWL

Leader Sports Editor

MANAWA The Bonduel girls basketball team held on to its first place standing in the CWL Conference Monday night with a win over Manawa in a game that was postponed Jan. 13. the Bears used a hot shooting hand to dominate Manawa from start to finish.

Bonduel opened the game with an 8-6 lead after the first period, but got hot in the second quarter to make a big move. Lisa Hille got the Bears rolling scoring eight of her 12 points in the second period which saw Bonduel go on a 16-4 run. With a 24-10 lead at the half, the Bears cruised the rest of the way for the easy win.

Bonduel used their good shooting performance to build an even bigger lead after the third period holding a 40-20 lead heading into the final period of play.

In the fourth quarter the Bears didn't let up keeping their grasp on the CWL's top spot with a 12-5 run in the final frame. Stefanie Richter led the way for the Bears with 13 points, while Michele Edler added 12 points in the win.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Bears (8-4, 7-1) as they still have games with tenth-ranked Amherst (6-2) on Feb. 4 and Marion (6-2) on Feb. 10 both on the road. Both teams are right on the Bears' heels ready to knock them out of first place. Bonduel has beaten both teams already this year.

"There is some pressure knowing that teams are going to come after us," said Bears Head Coach Mark Margelofsky.

Being on the top of the standings is much more gratifying than having a ranking according to Margelofsky, referring to the newly-ranked Amherst team that sits just one game behind the Bears.

"I'd certainly rather stay in first place in the conference, than be ranked," he said.

The Bears will next host Weyauwega tonight in a CWL Conference game.

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