3-point shooting helps Bonduel girls reach double-digit wins

Troxel, Robaidek combine for 36 points in win
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Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Breanna Schnell, center, looks to escape the double team of Gillett’s Aubrey DeBauch, left, and Grace Wickman, right, during Friday’s nonconference game at Bonduel High School.

The Bonduel girls basketball team has several strong options to turn to for scoring on any given night. That level of productivity showed up again in the team’s most recent win, a 61-48 nonconference victory over a tough Gillett team on Friday at Bonduel High School.

“It’s really nice to have that depth,” Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke said. “We’ve gone through some injuries and illnesses and somebody has always stepped up. We have probably at least seven or eight kids that could go off for 20 on any given night, which makes us tougher to defend. We are very unselfish, which also makes us hard to defend. And they are sure fun to coach.”

Sophomore Kara Troxel and freshman Allaina Robaidek led the charge for the Bears in Friday’s win, scoring 22 and 14 points, respectively. The duo also combined to hit eight of the team’s nine 3-pointers.

The duo had their fair share of open looks, but also knocked down some well-defended triples.

“If I was open, I shot it — which was off of a bunch of screens, which is what our offense normally is,” said Troxel on how she got her 3-point looks.

“With our two other shooters, Kara (Troxel) and Jessie (LaBerge), the Gillett team was watching them. They would just kind of take me for granted, so I was open,” Robaidek said.

Bonduel (10-1) struggled out of the gates, scoring just three points in the first six-plus minutes of the game, but 3-pointers from LaBerge, a senior, and Troxel gave the Bears a 9-7 advantage.

Gillett (7-6) responded by scoring the next seven points before Bonduel senior Kylie Guenther converted a field goal and then a three-point play to tie it up and force a Gillett timeout.

The visiting Tigers took a brief lead before Robaidek hit her first 3-pointer of the night, giving the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.

Robaidek hit her second and third 3-pointers of the night during a 9-1 Bonduel run to help the hosts grab a double-digit lead for the first time. The Bears led by eight at halftime.

Bonduel came out with a much better effort to start the second half, going on 6-0 run behind two baskets from Troxel and another from LaBerge. The Bears led by at least 10 points for the remainder of the game, with Troxel and Robaidek knocking down all five of the team’s second half 3-pointers to seal up the win.

“Throughout our whole program even, with the JV teams too, it’s nice to know that if you are having a bad game, then you can have people there to take over for you so there isn’t as much pressure,” Robaidek said of the team’s balanced attack. “When other people are having a bad game, there’s a sense of accomplishment knowing you can be there to have their backs.”

Guenther provided the Bears with 11 points on the offensive end and made scoring tough for Gillett’s leading scorer Aubrey DeBauch, who had to do much of her scoring from the free throw line.

As a group, Bonduel’s defense was able to hold the Tigers under 50 points for only the third time this season.

The win marked the sixth straight for Bonduel, which returns to Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division play this week.

“We were really excited that we won this game and are finally into double-digit wins. We hope to keep increasing our win streak.” Troxel said. “Everyone’s just really excited and we’re all happy to be playing basketball together because we have good chemistry and we all play together and are not selfish.”

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