The 6-3 Stanley-Boyd Orioles girl’s basketball team faced the daunting task of playing six consecutive games on the road. After losing the first at Cadott, the youthful Orioles squad responded well to the adversity, winning the next five games. In their last two games, the Orioles have come out on the good side of a lopsided victory.
Coming off a 34-29 win at Altoona, the Orioles traveled to Flambeau to take on the Falcons.
Teagan Becker led the team in scoring, finishing with 20 points. Lily Hoel and Leslie Derks weren’t far behind, netting 19 and 12, respectively. Hoel led the team in rebounds with 11 while Aaliyah Moore chipped in seven along with five points and a steal. The Orioles played some tough defense all night, outscoring the Falcons 64-30 on the night.
Next, the Orioles traveled to Eau Claire to take on the Regis Ramblers. It was a tale of two halves of basketball. The first, for the Stanley-Boyd Orioles was not so good. The second was an offense clicking on all cylinders. The Orioles throttled a lowly Rambler team that’s still looking for its first conference win, 50-32.
The halftime outlook was a little bleak, but Becker knew the shots of her Orioles would start to fall. Her prediction was spot on. The Orioles clung to just a 13-12 lead after the first 18 minutes.
To start the game, Regis went up 4-0 in a slow, deliberate game. With 12:08 left in the half, Leslie Derks nailed a three pointer from the free throw line extended to get the Orioles on the board, 4-3.
Emily Brenner powered down an offensive rebound and fed it outside to Marissa Gustafson, who drained a jumper for three of her game-leading 15 points on the night.
Regis went up 10-6.
Freshman Teagan Becker drained a three and hit a long two to put the Orioles up 11-10.
Brenner scored inside and the Orioles were up 13-11 with three minutes left until halftime.
In the second half, Leslie Derks’ three pointer put the Orioles in control for good, taking a 28-22 lead.
“At halftime, I told the team to just keep plugging away defensively. Keep staying disciplined on defense. We didn’t do too bad but we had some foul trouble. We just needed to be smarter and I trusted them that the good shots would start to fall and they did. I said to them, ‘You put in enough time and enough repetitions of shooting, so you’ve got to believe they will fall’”, Becker said.
And Becker’s confidence in her team was well founded as they went on to outscore the Ramblers 37-20 in the second half.
“These girls are sponges. They absorb everything we say and they’re hungry. They all want to be better than they were the day before. If we win, we win and if we lose, we lose. We just want to use the opportunity to grow so we can learn from the experience and be better at the end of the season because of it. Every day, we want to be better at one thing than we were the day before,” Becker lamented.
So far, Lily Hoel is leading the Orioles in points per game with 14.8. Teagen Becker is close behind with 10 per contest with Marissa Gustafson and Leslie Derks close behind with seven and six, respectively.
Hoel and Emily Brenner both lead the Orioles with 8.1 rebounds per contest.
Photos by John McLoone.