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Peshtigo’s Cade Tackmier goes to the hoop for a layup against Menominee on Monday.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell

Peshtigo’s Cade Tackmier goes to the hoop for a layup against Menominee on Monday.


PESHTIGO — The Peshtigo boys basketball team had five players score in double digits and played lockdown defense for a 97-47 win over Menominee, giving the Maroons their first loss of the season.

Mitchell VanVooren led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Cameron Noffke (12), Trent Carrivou (11), Reid Marquardt (11) and Cade Tackmeier (10) all played a hand in helping the team climb to a 55-27 halftime lead and close the door in the second half.

“I’m really happy with how balanced we were, nobody was selfish and it can be easy to try to get yourself some easy baskets in a game like that,” Peshtigo coach Nate Motkowski said. “I don’t think you can look at a scorebook and see a more balanced lineup. Everybody but one guy scored so I was really happy with everyone overall offensively.”

Many of Peshtigo’s points came from Menominee turnovers and there were plenty of opportunities for the Bulldogs. The Maroons turned the ball over 22 times with a majority coming in the first half, allowing Peshtigo to take and maintain a large advantage throughout the game.

“Our offense got stagnant in the first half and that lead to a lot of our turnovers,” Menominee coach Sam Larson said. “Our ballhandlers had a tough time once in a while because they would be getting pressured and nobody would be working to get open.”

Menominee had two quick turnovers in the opening minutes of the game which led to a Carriveau fastbreak layup, but Keagan Monroe answered with a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer on the other end.

The Maroons 3-2 lead wouldn’t hold for long as Peshtigo started to apply more ball pressure on defense, force a couple more turnovers and get easy buckets in transition to climb to a 15-5 lead with 12 minutes, seven seconds in the first half.

The Bulldogs lead rose to 23-5 before Brady Badker scored off an assist from Dante Sartorelli to end the 13-0 Peshtigo run.

Menominee cut the deficit to 31-16 on a pull-up jumper from Aidan Bellisle with over six minutes to play in the first, but Peshtigo ended the quarter on a 24-11 run to take an 18-point lead into halftime.

“A couple things we knew coming in was that we could probably jump a couple passes and pressure their young guards and force turnover,” Motkowski said. “I was happy with the turnovers we forced that turned into easy points, but there’s a couple things we need to better at defensively.”

The Maroons started move the ball around better and got some easy shots out of the break. Monroe converted a fastbreak layup, Bellisle drilled a pull-up 3 and Monroe hit a corner jumper, but the Bulldogs continued to make shots and grab offensive rebounds on misses for easy baskets.

“Credit to Peshtigo, they’re very aggressive and get to the rim well and when we did stop them on the first shot, they usually got second chance points,” Larson said. “At halftime we just talked about moving more on offense. With the pressure Peshtigo was applying we had to get some more movement going on with backdoor and basket cuts.”

Peshtigo’s lead continued to grow throughout the second half and when Tackmeier hit a 3-pointer from the corner, the lead was at 84-42 and the running clock started with over seven minutes remaining.

Brock Barrette led Menominee with 10 points and two rebounds; Monroe scored nine and added three assists and two blocks; Bellisle had seven; Tyler Kuester had six and Badker had five.

Menominee has a week off before taking on Antigo at home on Monday while Peshtigo hosts Bonduel on Thursday.