Pulaski couldn’t have picked a worse team to have a poor shooting evening.
One line was a share of the FRCC title with a win.
Green Bay Preble decided to play spoiler and shot 50 percent from the field and pull off the 56-49 upset over the visiting Lady Red Raiders on Thursday, February 18.
Pulaski (19-3, 15-3) would shoot 30 percent from the floor with only 3-of-25 three-point shooting for a woeful 12 percent.
Pulaski Head Coach Jeff Charney said Preble switch back-and-forth from a 2-3 zone and man-to-man most of the night, but that wasn’t the problem.
“It was more of us not making shots than it was them bothering our shots,” Charney said. “I felt we had open looks and just failed to knock them down.”
As far as the 3-point shooting, Charney said they settled for some shots beyond the arc and only made 1-of-12 in the first half.
“None of them were terrible shots, but if we move the ball a little more we probably get a better shot,” he said. “Obviously only one of them fell for us so that was tough. We had a few one pass, or no pass possessions which is okay if you are knocking shots down but we weren’t so we need to move the ball a little more.
“Then in the second half we were forced to have to take some quick shots because we got down by 12 at one point. So probably 5-6 of those three’s came in the last minute of the basketball game.
Chareney said Preble played a physical game, and that, more than anything, affected his team.
“We have had games where a lot less contact would have been a foul but last night we were able to get into the paint with penetration and then not finish or not be able to draw a foul,” Charney said. “The game itself was rather physical and we did not finish around the rim when there was contact.”
Mariah Szymanski scored 14 points to lead Pulaski, while Jayde Doell added 12 points and Katie Anderson chipped in 10.
The Lady Red Raiders will need to bounce back as they prepare for the WIAA Division 2 regionals. They received a first round bye and will face the winner of No. 8 seed Kaukauna hosting No. 9 seed Marinette on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The winner will travel to Pulaski to ace the Lady Red Raiders on Friday, Feb. 26. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
GB Southwest 34
Pulaski held Southwest to 10 first half points and jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 51-34 victory at Southwest on Monday, February 22.
In fact, Pulaski guard Szymanski outscored the Trojans 11-10 by herself.
Szymanski finished with a game-high 22 points for Pulaski. She would finish with a game-high 22 points.
Emily Higgins and Miranda Rudnick would add seven points each.for Pulaski.