High school girls basketball: Gillett falls to 3-point happy Bonduel

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Aubrey DeBauch posts double-double in loss
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Gillett’s Macy Franti, left, drives past Bonduel’s MacKenzie Moore during Friday’s nonconference game at Bonduel High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Following a tough Marinette & Oconto Conference loss to Niagara on Thursday, things did not get any easier for the Gillett High School girls basketball team as it traveled to Bonduel for a tough nonconference clash Friday.

Bonduel, which came into the clash with just one loss, was able to pull away for a 61-48 victory behind a strong night from 3-point land.

The Bears (10-1) hit nine 3-pointers in the contest and used a couple of strong runs to fend off the pesky Tigers (7-6).

“We were not on our toes a lot,” Gillett junior Sydney Young said. “I feel like they got in the gaps (of our defense) because we weren’t playing any weak side defense. I feel like we need to talk more on defense. We need to come together to be able to stop teams like that that can shoot a lot of 3s.”

“Bonduel has a good team but we came out fighting. We just had to find our togetherness,” sophomore Aubrey DeBauch said. “It’s always good to play against a higher-level team — you can learn more from it and then improve as a team.”

Gillett held the momentum early on, jumping out to a quick 14-9 lead. DeBauch and junior Camryn Long combined for nine of those points.

Bonduel tied the game at 14 and soon took the lead on a 3-pointer from Allaina Robaidek, the first of four triples on the night for her. The Bears led for the remainder of the game, fending off numerous runs by the Tigers along the way.

The loss marked the third straight for Gillett, but coach Justin Daul believes his team is on the verge of something big.

“We as a team, we’re coming to a turning point. We are drastically trying to turn that corner,” he said. “It’s challenging because of the young group we have — we just haven’t quite done it as of yet. To play a team like that to the level that we played them, I was happy. But in order for us to turn that corner, I have to push a little harder. They realize that and these last two games this week were a wake-up call for us going forward… .”

With no seniors on the team, the Tigers’ young core will now be tasked with trying to snap the losing streak and get their season back on track.

“We just need to step up as a team,” DeBauch said. “We’ve played against some good competition but we just need to come out stronger. We have to stop playing as five individuals and and come out as one.”

“We talked about having a turning point, almost like we did last year,” Young said. “I feel like we need to come together as a team and find that so we can attack this second half of basketball and be able to play better as a team.”

DeBauch paced Gillett with 21 points while sophomore Karissa Schaal tallied 12. No other Tiger had over four points.

DeBauch also pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds to record a double-double. Schaal grabbed seven boards while Long and junior Grace Wickman each had five.

The Tigers will have until Friday night to clean up some of the things that have hurt them over the past few games. Gillett will travel to take on Lena that night.

Bonduel (61)

Allaina Robaidek 0-1 14, Kara Troxel 0-1 22, MacKenzie Moore 2-2 2, Breanna Schnell 1-4 3, Kylie Guenther 1-3 11, Jessie LaBerge 1-2 6, Madison Kurey 1-2 1, Kylie Hoffman 0-0 2.

Gillett (48)

Sydney Young 1-2 4, Aubrey DeBauch 9-10 21, Karissa Schaal 1-4 12, Brianna DeBauch 0-0 3, Camryn Long 2-3 4, Macy Franti 2-2 4.

Bonduel 32 29 — 61

Gillett 24 24 — 48