Columbus Catholic turns up pressure to knock off Tigerton in WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional quarterfinal

Columbus Catholic's Annika Brown is surrounded by the Tigerton defense as she eyes the basket during the first half of the Dons' win on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School. The Dons won the WIAA Division 5 girls basektball regional quarterfinal 67-49 and will play at Rosholt on Friday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
For OnFocus

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team didn’t play its best game of the season, but the Dons did enough to pull out a win in its playoff opener.

The Dons forced 28 turnovers, mostly off of full court pressure, and had two big scoring runs to beat Tigerton 67-49 in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

Columbus Catholic (13-9) moves on to a Division 5 regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Rosholt. The No. 4 seed Rosholt (15-5) beat No. 13 Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 66-38 on Tuesday. The winner moves on to a regional final on Saturday night.

The Dons started the game on a 7-0 run, forcing turnovers on Tigerton’s first six possessions, but the Tigers proved they weren’t going away easily.

Raven Dewhurst hit the first of her six 3-pointers to end an 8-2 run for Tigerton and get them back in the game.

Columbus earned its first double-digit lead with a 9-0 run later in the first half. Addison Baierl, Annika Brown and Meghan Kibbel scored, and Maren Seefluth drilled a 3-pointer to put the Dons up 30-18 with 1:43 to go before halftime.

The Dons took a 30-21 lead into halftime, but saw their lead dwindle in the early minutes of the second half.

Tigerton closed to within four on another 3-pointer by Dewhurst. Following a three-point play by Seefluth, who had a team-high 16 points for the Dons, Ladia Block and Monika Minniecheske scored for the Tigers, cutting the deficit to 37-34.

Hailey Roehl, who largely struggled from the outside, hit a pair of 3-pointers, the latter of which started a 14-0 run to put Columbus in control for good.

Tigerton went nearly seven minutes without scoring as the Dons surged to a 56-37 lead after two baskets by Brown and another from Seefluth.

Columbus led by as much as 23 before settling for the 18-point win.

Addie Baierl added 14 points and six rebounds, Brown had 13 points and five rebounds, and Roehl added 11 points for the Dons. Emmalee Jicinsky had a team-high eight rebounds in the win.

Dewhurst led Tigerton (9-13) with 19 points, and Minniecheske had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Dons 67, Tigers 49
Tigerton 21 28 – 49
Columbus Catholic 30 37 – 67
TIGERTON (49):
Raven Dewhurst 6-15 1-2 19, Ladia Block 1-6 0-0 2, Monika Minniecheske 6-23 0-1 12, Adrienne Brady 0-0 0-0 0, Colleen Smith 3-6 0-0 6, Savannah Swartz 2-6 2-2 6, Jaidan Miller 2-6 0-0 4. FG: 20-62. FT: 3-5. 3-pointers: 6-18 (Dewhurst 6-11, Swartz 0-1, Minniecheske 0-3, Block 0-3). Rebounds: 45 (Minniecheske 13, Miller 10). Turnovers: 28. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-13.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (67): Annika Brown 6-10 1-2 13, Kelsey Moore 0-1 0-2 0, Hailey Roehl 4-19 0-0 11, Maren Seefluth 5-11 5-7 16, Emmalee Jicinsky 1-4 2-4 4, Meghan Kibbel 2-6 2-4 6, Addie Baierl 6-12 2-4 14, Holly Dean 0-0 0-0 0, Erynn Meece 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Hall 1-4 1-2 3. FG: 25-67. FT: 13-25. 3-pointers: 4-21 (Roehl 3-15, Seefluth 1-5, Kibbel 0-1). Rebounds: 36 (Jicinsky 8). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 13-9.