Crivitz outlasts Gillett by 2 points in M&O matchup

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Aubrey DeBauch leads Tigers with 15 points

Dennis Wilson, Times Herald Correspondent

A one-sided game turned into battle as Crivitz outlasted the Gillett girls basketball team 61-59 in a M&O Conference matchup on Thursday.

Crivitz jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but the Tigers slowly caught up. Hindering the comeback for the Tigers was missing 21 free throws.

“Twenty for 41 (free throws). I told the girls in the locker room that undoubtedly cost us the game,” Gillett head coach Justin Daul said. “They were the better team all the way through the night, but our girls fought. Our game plan was specific, and I thought it was great. They executed the game plan, but when you go 20 for 41 from the free-throw line, you aren’t going to win many games.”

The Tigers were led by Aubrey DeBauch, who scored 15 points and played stellar defense as the Tigers fought back in the game. DeBauch was one of three Tigers to score in double figures.

At one point, DeBauch scored five straight points to bring the Tigers within two. Later in the stanza, Gillett was able to not only catch up to the Wolverines, but take a five-point lead.

Crivitz regained the lead after missed Tiger free throws, and Gillett couldn’t recover for the remainder of the game.

“Our shots, especially our free throws, just weren’t falling,” DeBauch said. “A couple of players got into foul trouble, but we just came up a little short … and we just need to make free throws.”

Also chipping in double-figure scoring was Taylor Yonker and Karissa Schaal, both of whom had 12 points.

“I certainly was happy with the resilience of the team in the face of a tough game,” Daul said. “Just as it has been all year long. They’re not looking down. It’s get the ball and go. Let’s see if we can change the pace. Make our opponent play at our pace. I thought we did that tonight. I thought we stifled them a lot. It came down to they hit their free throws and we didn’t.”

Crivitz had two scorers in double figures, with Alexia Oyer at a game-high 18 points. Chole Gruszynski added 17 points. Each hit five 3-pointers.

The loss didn’t overshadow the play of DeBauch. The freshman showed a maturity on the court and was a huge factor in the Tigers’ comeback.

“All the upperclassmen are nice and accepting,” DeBauch said. “They’re not selfish with the ball, so we are an equal team.”

“Debauch, being a freshman, was outstanding tonight.” Daul added. “It’s hard to take a senior off the floor, but the way she was playing, I felt it was the best decision to go with her tonight.”