Abbotsford Pulls Away from Rib Lake on Senior Night

Abbotsford (OnFocus) – Senior Night for the Abbotsford Girls Basketball program saw five Falcon seniors recognized for their contributions to Abbotsford Falcons. The outcome of the game was a memorable experience for the five, as Abbotsford pulled away from Rib Lake in the second half for a 48-35 Marawood win.

Senior Catie Clement buried a pair of three pointers in the game’s first 7 minutes, and with an 11-6 lead, Abby was rolling. The Abbotsford lead grew to as much as 8 in the opening half before Rib Lake stormed back to knot the game at 24 with 2:45 left. Rib Lake’s attempt to take the lead on the final possession of the half ended with a block from freshman Briseida Escalera. Despite the tie, the Falcons’ had gained a slight dose of momentum, and it showed after the break.

Fellow Falcons’ freshman Sydney Falteisek got Abby going with a bucket on the first possession of the second half, the start of a 10-0 run by the Falcons. Trailing 34-24 with under 13 minutes to go, the Redmen kept up the intensity and stayed in the game.

Leading 38-30, Falteisek came up big for Abbotsford, spearheading the charge to a comfortable cushion for the Falcons.

Falteisek scored to push the lead to 40-30 and then with 4:23 to go, her block prevented an easy lay up the Redmen.  On the offensive end, Falteisek connected on four free throws on consecutive possessions  to push the lead to 44-31 with two minutes remaining, and the win was sealed.

Falcons’ senior Mya Ruesch had 12 points, with Clement and Falteisek each adding 9 points.

Rib Lake senior Nellie Hopkins had 14 points to pace the Redmen.

1 2 F
Rib Lake 24 11 35
Abbotsford 24 24 48

Rib Lake (35) Gehrke 3, Scheithauer 4, Strobach 2, Pelnis 5, Hopkins 14, Heiser 7

Abbotsford (48) Pogodzinski 2, Diaz 3, Ruesch 12, Clement 9, Escalera 3, Falteisek 9, Brodhagen 2, Graff 8

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]