Nekoosa Girls Hold on for Win over Portage

A game of runs saw Nekoosa and Portage battle throughout, and despite the Papermakers taking a 17 point second half lead, Portage came back to knot the game with just over a minute left. Free throws from Nakia Wiesen and Kiya Kolo in the final minute gave Nekoosa a two point lead and Nekoosa escaped with a 52-50 win.

A basket from Madison Bills gave Nekoosa a two point lead, 50-48 before Portage knotted the game at 50 with 50 seconds remaining. After Wiesen made one of two free throws, the Nekoosa defense forced a turnover and Kolo’s free throw with 9 seconds to go proved to be the final points.

“This was definitely a team effort,” said Nekoosa Head Coach Scott Linzmeier. “I’m very proud of these kids on how they battled when everything was getting out of control.”

Ann Schaefbauer had 13 points to lead Nekoosa, 10 in the first half. Wiesen and Kolo scored 11 points apiece.

“Nakia Wiesen had a breakout game just when we needed her,” Linzmeier added.

Nekoosa was 9 of 15 from the free throw line, and Portage was 10 of 17.

1 2 F
Nekoosa 28 24 52
Portage 22 28 50
Nekoosa scoring: Nakia Wiesen 11, Kiya Kolo 11, Madison Bills 8, Kaelyn Chasenah 7,
Sophia Garza 2, Anna Schaefbauer 13
Portage scoring: Schwartz 6, Garrigan 8, Krueger 4, M  McCall 5, Kreuziger 6 Ratz 14, A. McCall 7
Nekoosa takes on Westfield on Friday evening.
Records:   Nekoosa 4-8    Portage 1-13

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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]