The lady Bulldogs basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a 14-point win over the Cumberland Beavers. However, the win came at an ultimate cost as two Chetek-Weyerhaeuser starters—sophomores Maggie Timm and Emma Sather—were injured and will likely be lost for the remainder of the season.
C-W (5-12, 4-7) hosted a winless Cumberland (0-11, 0-16) squad in their lone basketball game of the week on Thursday, Jan. 24. The lady Bulldogs’ defense stymied the Beavers all night long, despite giving up a fair amount of height and size to the visitors. Although it was a low-scoring game, C-W led from start to finish, ultimately winning 35-21.
“It was a win, but it came at an extreme cost. We had two injuries to two of our five starters,” explained C-W head coach Jessiah Haas. “We had a slow start offensively against their zone defense. Cumberland is an improved team and coach Chilsen has done a nice job over there. This was another game where we faced a big inside presence on both ends of the floor. We had to turn to a transition game to try to get our inside shots before they were able to set up their defense.”
The Bulldogs have already been playing without two key players—junior Maggie Reisner and sophomore Madison Haas—who are both out with injuries as well.
C-W outscored the Beavers in the first half 19-10 and was aggressive offensively, drawing fouls and shooting 11 free throws (8-11) in the opening 18 minutes. Timm led the Bulldogs with eight points, followed by Sather with five—she was 3-4 from the free throw line. Senior Ally Olson added one three-point shot, while sophomore Madeleine Schofield was 2-3 at the charity stripe and senior Brooke Hanson was 1-2.
Cumberland’s Maisen Gores scored six of their 10 first-half points.
With a nine-point lead, things looked good for the ‘Dogs coming out of halftime.
However, both Timm and Sather were injured in the second half, forcing the ‘Dogs to use more players off of the bench. The injuries to both players noticeably severe as Timm and Sather were shut down for the remainder of the game.
C-W continued to push the ball up the court whenever they forced a Cumberland turnover or a missed shot, utilizing their speed and quickness in their transition offense.
The ‘Dogs found themselves at the free throw line 11 times as well in the second half, making six of those shots as they outscored the Beavers 16-11 en route to a 14-point conference win.
Olson scored five points in the second half, including her second triple, to finish with a team-high eight points. She also pulled down seven rebounds, had three steals and one assist. Timm also ended the night with eight points to go with five boards, two assists and a steal. Sather added five points and seven rebounds, while Schofield finished with four points and six boards.
Junior Claire Knutson chipped in four points and three steals, and seniors Alyssa Miles and Hanson had three points apiece.
As a team, C-W was just 6-30 (23 percent) inside the arc and 3-19 (30 percent) from downtown. The Bulldogs made 14-22 (85 percent) free throws, while Cumberland made just 1-4 (25 percent) attempts.
“Overall, it was a tough game losing two leaders, but the rest of the team stepped up and got a much-needed win—our first win at home—this season,” coach Haas said.
The lady Bulldogs were scheduled to play Cadott (7-9, 3-9) on Monday, Jan. 28, but the school and the game were canceled due to inclement weather.
C-W will play at Ladysmith (8-8, 6-5) on Friday, Feb. 1, and then will travel to Hayward (9-6, 9-2) on Thursday, Feb. 7.