Speed favors Panthers in win over Terrors
By Jacob Heid
STEVENS POINT — The 2022-23 WIAA winter sports regular season is officially underway, with girls’ basketball games taking place on Nov. 15. The SPASH girls’ basketball team started the season hosting Appleton West. The Panthers focused on getting out in transition in a 77-60 win over the Terrors.
SPASH got an immediate contribution from a senior who missed last season due to injury. Lauren Strasman opened with six of the first ten points for the Panthers, taking a 10-3 lead early on. SPASH used that early momentum to press defensively and run in transition on offense. That’s where senior Emma Jossie began to shine. She finished the game with 18 points to open her season.
SPASH got out to a commanding double-digit lead before the Terrors climbed back via the three-point ball. Head coach Kraig Terpstra called a timeout after Appleton West made it a 25-17 game with 6:27 left before halftime. The Panthers went into halftime with a 35-29 advantage.
Terpstra continued to dial up pressure entering the second half. The guard duo of Adaleah Nest and Thalia Moe flourished when working at a faster pace. They were trusted to make plays by dishing to teammates or creating opportunities for themselves. Both did a great job of being patient with the ball on the perimeter. With the second half teeter-tottering at the start, the Panthers began to break things open with under ten minutes to go. Steals turned into easy buckets on the other end, making it a 56-42 game. Strasman’s 22 points, along with Jossie’s 18 points, headlined. Balanced scoring contributions from Brittany Beadles, Reese Ryan, Lindsey Weiler, and Nest showed that multiple players could be reliable scoring options. They all had eight points apiece.
SPASH starts the season 1-0 but will continue to improve on different aspects of the game. If you have other local sports story ideas, contact Jacob at [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter at JacobHeid_15 for updates on local sports news and events.