February 22 – Colby 91, Phillips 53
Colby roared to 51 points in the first half on the way to a 91-53 victory over Phillips on Friday in WIAA girls basketball regional action.
Balanced scoring sparked the Hornets as five players hit double figures. Vanessa Lopez led the way with 22 points, Ashley Streveler added 19, Hailey Voelker had 17, Alyssa Underwood 13 and Lexi Krebsbach 10. Voelker also had 13 rebounds, 8 on the offensive glass, and 5 steals. Streveler had 10 assists and 5 steals. Rachel Callow led Phillips with 22 points.
February 23 – Colby 57, Stevens Point Pacelli 48
Colby raced to an 11-point lead at halftime and went on to defeat Stevens Point Pacelli 57-48 Saturday in WIAA regional girls basketball action.
Pacelli had closed the gap to six points on three different occasions in the second half, largely on the back on Junior, Sarah Mueller. Mueller finished with a game high 26 points. Colby withstood the pressure from Pacelli by countering with Senior, Vanessa Lopez. The Hornets were able to feed Lopez on the low block, answering nearly every Mueller basket.
In the post-game celebration it was Hornet’s head coach, Randy Rau, finding himself drenched by his water bottle squirting team. “It’s a fun thing for everybody, we’ve been able to put a group of girls together that’s accomplished being regional champions two years in-a-row now”, said Rau. “It’s special for them, it’s special for me”. Senior Lopez said, “It’s awesome. Great game tonight overall we really played well together.
Vanessa Lopez led the way on offense with 20 points, while Ashley Streveler chipped in with 12 and Alyssa Underwood had 10.
Hailey Voelker had 4 assists and 4 steals. Lopez also had 4 steals.
Up next for the Colby Hornets is a sectional semi-final game on Thursday at 7pm in DC Everest high school against the winner of Neillsville vs Necedah. That game, originally scheduled for Saturday at 7pm, was moved due to weather and will now be played Monday, February 25th in Neillsville at 7pm. No doubt all eyes from Neillsville were on the Saturday night Colby broadcast as they want a third crack at the Hornets this year. Neillsville and Colby are Cloverbelt east foes that have seen the Hornets get the better of the Warriors during both regular season contests this season. There is also no doubt that a large contingent from Colby will be in Neillsville on Monday night to get first hand look at their Thursday night opponent. If a Colby vs Neillsville version 3.0 will be had, post season play between these two is not a rare event. Colby dispatched Neillsville during last year’s regional final.
You can watch the semi-final game at DC Everest by tuning into zaleskisportsshow.com/live-sports in another live stream broadcast.