WALWORTH — The Big Foot girls basketball team lost 80-50 to Clinton on Thursday at Big Foot High School and entered its 15-day holiday break 1-3.
Morgan Courier scored 23 of the Lady Chiefs’ 50 points, contributing to the team’s highest point total of the season despite the loss.
Kathryn Colby scored 11 points and Hannah Ripkey scored 8, but there was little offensive production from the rest of the team.
Big Foot head coach Rick Schoenbeck said Clinton was the toughest team his girls have played this season.
“Clinton is a very good basketball team with 8 seniors,” Schoenbeck said. “(The) game was tied at 8 (points) with 3 minutes left in first quarter when they hit two threes and two rebound put-backs. They never looked back.”
Schoenbeck said that of the opponents the girls have faced this season, Clinton was the tallest, fastest and deepest off the bench.
Four Clinton players scored 10 or more points, including Mallory Niemann who scored 19. Clinton also had one player who scored 9 points and two who scored 7. Only three Big Foot girls scored more than 4 points, and of them, only two scored 10 or more.
“We had a couple players who did not play their best and were slower in their movements or rotations,” Schoenbeck said. “(Clinton) exploited these players. We just could not match up with them to contain their scoring.”
When Big Foot returns to action on Jan. 3, they will play Badger at Badger High School.
The Badger girls are 4-1 and average 51 points per game. Badger’s Maria Mieres-Rey averages 14 points per game and Lily Quinn averages 10.8. The Badgers have benefited from solid bench production and have six players who averaged 5.5 or more points per game in their first five games.
The Lady Chiefs average 44 points per game and have only three players who average more than 4.5 points. Morgan Courier leads Big Foot with 12.5 points per game, and Olivia Briggs is the runner-up with 11.5 points per game. Brooke Berryman averages 8 points per game.
“We improve every game,” Schoebbeck said of his team, referencing their 50-point performance against Clinton, during which they shot 60 percent from the free throw line and made 34 percent of their field goals.
“I am learning who can do what and where to put them in my scheme,” Schoenbeck said. “We are playing better as a team and starting to run the offense better.”
Schoenbeck said that the girls’ defense has been a major weakness this season. He said that he knew the team would take a little bit of a beating defensively during full and half-court presses — once broken, a press is vulnerable to quick scores — he still feels that pressing is way to build a winning program.
“We need to improve on Defense as a team to put ourself in position to win games,”Schoenbeck said. “We have improved the offense so far this year, now we need to change the focus.”