Tiger girls enter semifinals
Varsho earns record 10 wins in first season
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tigers girls basketball team is entering the playoffs coming off a one-point home loss to Menomonie 57-56 on Feb. 15 at Marshfield High School.
A second-half comeback effort fell just short. Menomonie took a 33-28 lead in the first half, but the Tigers went on a 28-24 second-half run, and almost completed the comeback. The Tigers were led by senior Jenna Jakobi with 20 points. Maddie Michaelis added 13 and Kaydee Johnson tossed in 11.
The Tigers were coming off a 79-71 home win over Lakeland on Feb. 11. Lakeland took a 31-21 halftime lead in that game, but the Tigers used a 58-40 second-half run to put the game away. Michaelis led Marshfield with 23 points, and knocked down seven 3-pointers. Paige Preston also shot the ball well, going 9-for-11 from the floor while scoring 22 points. Johnson added 13 for the Tigers, who finished their regular season 10-12 for first-year head coach Taylor Varsho.
Varsho becomes just the second coach in Tiger history to score 10 or more wins in their first season as head coach. Hank Meyer went 12-3 in the 1975-76 season. No. 10 Marshfield will face No. 7 Wausau-West on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in a Division 1 regional semifinal contest at Wausau West High School. The winner will face either Appleton North or Wisconsin Rapids in a regional final on Saturday, Feb. 23.