EagleHerald/Troy A. Bruzewski
Luxemburg-Casco applied the defensive pressure with a full-court press that challenged the Marines. 
EagleHerald/Troy A. Bruzewski

Luxemburg-Casco applied the defensive pressure with a full-court press that challenged the Marines. 

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MARINETTE — Both points and big plays were hard to come by for the Marinette girls basketball team on Friday.

Hosting Luxemburg-Casco, the Marines had an initial game plan to address the Spartans’ experience and size advantage. That was easier said than done in a 66-24 home loss for the Marines.

Cassie Schiltz scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, leading the Spartans to a 32-11 lead to end the first half and helping them maintain a double-digit lead for much of the game. Marinette coach Robert Smith said the Spartans didn’t have any surprises for the Marines, but they did bring the same pressuring defense and offensive skills he saw while scouting them.

“They didn’t show us anything that wasn’t on film,” Smith said. “We spent the week basically preparing for the 1-3-1 full-court trap (but) we weren’t in the right position at the start of the game. Once we corrected that we got some buckets off it, but their size and length is difficult.”

The Spartans, meanwhile, were executing enough at both ends of the floor to take a sizeable first-half lead. They limited Marinette to just four points through the first 10 minutes of the game while building a 20-point lead before the break.

“(Luxemburg-Casco) shut down passing lanes and sneak-trap effectively,” Smith said. “I told our team we needed to see that coming and be ready for it.”

The Spartans caused several turnovers with its full-court trap and focused on Katelyn Kitzinger, knowing the Marines had limited options for someone to drive the ball down the court. Emma Wendt was the lone Marinette player with more with one make from the floor in the first half; she and Cora Wendt had four points each in the first half.

Schiltz led Luxemburg-Casco to another run to start the second half and the Spartans went up by 30 near the midway point of the second half. The Spartans also were more successful behind the 3-point line in the second half, sinking four attempts after making just one in the first.

The Spartans also had scoring depth with 13 players scoring at least two points.

Kitzinger led the Marines with eight points; Abby Wingender added four, as did Emma Wendt and Cora Wendt.

Marinette now prepares for a road matchup with Wrightstown on Thursday.