Chief girls foul trouble causes loss

Crandon 55, Shiocton 52
Early foul trouble plagued the Shiocton Chiefs girls basketball team and contributed to a 55-52 loss to Crandon in the WIAA Division 4 Sectional semi-final on Thursday, March 1. “We ended up getting to halftime with a 2-point lead,” Coach Robert Hendrickson said. “Our bench stepped up and got us to halftime up two points.”
The Chiefs opened up a 9-point lead in the second period and Hendrickson said it looked like the team was going to be able to wear teams down. “I give Crandon all the credit in the world,” he continued. “A couple will-placed timeouts and some great stops on their part and they were back in the game. We got to the end of the game and it came down to freethrows and we were 7-of-17 from the line and they were 18-for-26.”
Skyler Bruns led the Chiefs with 23 while Tina Ubl had 14 and Monica Spencer had 12.
Overall, Hendrickson said it was good season. “We played one of the toughest division 4 schedules in the state,” he said. “We, as a staff, and the girls decided we were not going to be the team that said ‘We’re going back to State’ and we’re going to make up t-shirts. We’re going to focus on the game day process of being a great basketball team.” Hendrickson said the team just concentrated on their game and not their opponents throughout the season. “It ended up pretty well for us,” he said. The Chiefs finished in second place in the conference behind state-bound Amherst. “There are some close games that we won and I’m really proud of the depth that we showed. Most games we played 12 kids, and we really wore teams down with our pace and our depth.” He said that depth will help the Chiefs get off to a strong start next year.
Seniors Ubl, Spencer, Hailey Schroth, Emmie Janke, Jackie Korth, and Gabby Gunderson have been coached by Hendrickson since they were in fourth grade. “It’s been a nine-year journey with them, getting to know them and their families has been a great privilege of mine,” Hendrickson said. “They’re great kids and they’re going to go on to do amazing things because they have a zest and a joy for life. Whatever they do they do as well as they can.
“The year before I took over, they didn’t win a game; in fourth grade we didn’t win a game and in fifth grade we won very few games. To have that team of seniors to end up second in what is a very tough conference, play at the sectional level with a record of 20-5 is an amazing testament to trusting the process, keeping your head down working, and good things happen.” Hendrickson also singled out senior team manager Chloie Rose for her work over the past three years. “I can’t tell you how important she has been.”
Shiocton’s Tina Ubl battles to put up a shot against two Crandon defenders in their 55-52 loss WIAA division 4 sectional semi-final game, Thursday, March 1. – Photo by Dave Gomm