South Bend High School’s girls basketball team was the only local in action over the Christmas holiday, falling to Onalaska 54-21 on Thursday in South Bend.
South Bend started the game by breaking Onalaska’s press defense, leading to quick buckets from senior Raydynn Morley and junior Elli Capps while South Bend’s zone defense kept the Loggers offense off-balance.
South Bend trailed 11-8 at the end of the first eight minutes of play highlighted by senior Blakeli Jeries’ drive through four defenders for a layup and was capped by a strong score in the post by senior Reece Williams.
But Onalaska (7-2 overall) extended its lead in the second quarter as South Bend (1-5) shot just 2-for-13 (15%) from the field.
By the end of the first half, South Bend trailed 22-14.
Onalaska went up 36-20 at the end of the third quarter and outscored South Bend 18-1 in the fourth as South Bend went 0-for-9 in the final period.
“We battled a very good team through three quarters and I couldn’t be happier,” said South Bend head coach Randy Carlson, whose team lost to the Loggers 59-15 on Dec. 1. “Our zone defense was as good as it has ever been this year. The girls reacted to Ony’s pressure offense and defense with aggressive moves. Last time their press got to us quickly, but this time I thought the girls handled it very well, staying calm and collected. I can’t praise the girls enough for their hard work and determination.”
Morley and Capps led South Bend with seven and six points, respectively.