By Jared Schmeltzer
Friday night the Merrill girls basketball team hosted D.C. Everest for a conference match up. The Bluejays were unable to keep up with the Evergreens as Merrill lost by a score of 60-42.
“The game was similar to the first time we played them,” comments coach Weix. “They came out hot and jumped ahead quickly. We were down by 10 and got it into single digits a couple times in the first half and also early in the second half.”
The first half was controlled by the Evergreens as they outscored the Bluejays 37-25. Everest’s match ups in the post were too much for Merrill.
“Their inside match ups proved to be too much for us,” coach Weix said. “DCE did a nice job getting the ball inside and also getting offensive rebounds and put backs. They are a well balanced team.”
In the second half the Bluejays were able to compete better on the defensive end holding Everest to 23 points, however the offensive stuggles were even worse as Merrill was only able to put up 17.
“We had our struggles from the 3 point line and getting points all together in the second half,” coach Weix said,
Maddix Bonnell led the Lady Jays in scoring with 13 points. Bonnell was also able to dish out four assists and grab four rebounds. Patience Pyan put up nine points in the game to go along with her two steals, one block, one assist and one rebound. Lindsey Casper was able to put up seven points. Casper also had three assists, two blocks and two rebounds.
Merrill will be back on the court on Friday as they go to Wausau West. The Lady Jays will be the first game of a double header starting at 6 p.m.