Hawks defeat Bears in border battle

DePerry scores game-high 22 points for Shawano

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel junior Grace Petcka looks to pass around Shawano junior Kayla Ward during Thursday’s 60-44 loss at Shawano.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Hannah Wendorff drives past Bonduel senior Ashlyn Schnell during the first half of a nonconference matchup on Thursday. The Hawks won 60-44.

Tori DePerry scored 22 points to lead Shawano over Bonduel 60-44 in a nonconference matchup on Thursday at Shawano.

The Hawks held the lead early, but a 3-pointer from Jessie LaBerge gave the Bears a momentary 10-8 lead. The next bucket by Shawano’s Carrie Young sparked a 22-8 run that gave the Hawks a 14-point lead at halftime.

Shawano continued to edge away from the Bears with a 24-point lead midway through second half. Bonduel went on a 16-4 run to narrow the deficit 56-43, but scored just one point in the final 2½ minutes to seal the loss.

For the Hawks, the win came at a good time as they were preparing for Bay Conference leader Seymour on Friday. Shawano (12-6, 6-4 Bay) dropped a close game to Menasha (57-53) on Tuesday and lost its starting point guard, Kennedy Klemens, to an ankle fracture on Wedesday.

“We really just needed a win,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “The loss to Menasha was tough, and I felt like we kind of just let that game go. And then Kennedy went down, so it’s been a tough week. So this win was really good for our morale.

“You could see the determination on their faces,” he said. “It was great to see that. With (Menasha), we didn’t have the whole team feeling that way, and it’s important to have that for Seymour, so I was really happy to see that.”

Bonduel junior Jessie LaBerge shot four 3-pointers for a team-high total of 12 points and Grace Petcka added 11, but Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said the Bears (5-13, 3-6 CWC) are still struggling to find their main shooters.

“We just haven’t had someone develop into that leader role yet,” Reinke said. “We have a couple players who will get nine or 10 points a game, but we really need someone to step up in scoring and take on that leadership position on the court.”

A more immediate takeaway for Reinke heading into Friday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-East matchup against Shiocton was the need for a more active defense.

“I thought we played well defensively in the beginning, but they got tired in the second half and let (Shawano) hit some easy shots,” Reinke said. “But we’ll try some different things out defensively and hopefully be able to keep it up for two halves.”

Shawano (60)

Tori DePerry 4-9 22; Rachel Reed 0-0 3; Hailey Buschman 7-8 15; Kayla Ward 1-4 7; Hannah Wendorf 1-1 3; Carrie Young 0-2 2; Brandi Gueths 2-2 6; Gracyn Habeck 0-0 2.

Bonduel (44)

Kara Troxel 0-1 8; Grace Petcka 3-6 11; Brynn Reinke 0-0 2; Ashlyn Schnell 1-3 9; Kylie Guenther 0-0 2; Jessie LaBerge 0-2 12.

Shawano 32 28 — 60
Bonduel 18 26 — 44