Athens Girls Take Charge Down the Stretch to Defeat Abbotsford

Abbotsford (OnFocus) – A battle between Marawood rivals was a see-saw affair Thursday evening, and when the dust settled, it was Athens that picked up the come from behind win, 62-57.

Abbotsford took an early 16-7 lead before Athens came fighting back. The Falcons took a three point halftime lead as they ended the first half with three-pointers from Sydney Falteisek and Mya Ruesch, 30-27.

Falteisek had 9 of her team-leading 12 points in the first half.

The Falcons took their biggest lead of the game, 11 points, just six minutes into the second half, at 40-29. Faced with the challenge of coming back, Athens did just that.

Four minutes later, Athens tied things up at 40. Alea Graf’s bucket with under five minutes gave Abby a 51-46 lead, and then Blue Jays’ junior McKenzie Schug took over.

Graf led Abbotsford with 8 rebounds, and Falteisek had 7 steals for Abby.

Schug scored 10 of the team’s final 14 points down the stretch, all from down in the post, and Athens pulled away for the win.

Athens (62) Addison Lavicka 5, Kaitlyn Riehle 10, Jazelle Hartwig 13, Celina Ellenbecker 1, Sophia Coker 4, Elizabeth Van Rixel 2, Siarra Hart 2, McKenzie Schug 25

Abbotsford (57) Bridget Pogodzinski 8, Brissa Diaz 6, Mya Ruesch 9, Catie Clement 8, Vanessa Maganda 4, Sydney Falteisek 12, Alea Graf 10

Game stats for Abbotsford:  Athens Reports – Hudl

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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]