NIAGARA — The Wausaukee boys basketball team got out to a 30-16 halftime lead and was able to hold on for a 61-48 Marinette & Oconto Conference victory over Niagara on Tuesday night. 

Niagara coach James Hoogland was happy with how his team competed in the second half, saying that the intensity was better and the team did a better job of making plays in the second half. 

Tristan Pollard had nine first-half points to help the Rangers get out to a lead and Brandon Shigouri’s 13 second-half points helped close the door. Tyler Gruszynski added 11 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as well. Shigouri finished with 17; Christian Shigouri added 11 and Pollard had nine.

Tristan DeJardin scored all 15 of his points in the second half to lead Niagara; Landen Kaldor had 13 and Josh Weber had seven points and eight rebounds.

*Coleman vs Oconto Falls

Finishing off its early season non-conference schedule, Coleman battled, but fell short in a 65-41 loss to Oconto Falls at home on Tuesday.

The Panthers jumped out to a 10-point lead at halftime and never looked back by controlling the second half.

Mitchell Manns drilled four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points for the Panthers. Dakota Carriveau finished with 11 and Josiah Schoen chipped in nine.

For the Cougars (0-3), Payton Nelson led the way with 13 points. Nick Teteak added nine and Cayden Bintz netted seven.

The Cougars begin their M&O Conference schedule on Friday when they travel to Wausaukee.

*St. Thomas Aquinas Academy vs Oneida Nation

Oneida Nation put its foot on the pedal and never let off en route to an easy home victory over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy by the score of 92-17 on Tuesday.

The Thunder Hawks held a 54-9 halftime lead and controlled all facets of the game.

Jose Sandez led Oneida (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the M&O Conference), with 19 points, David Donforth had 18 and Javon Webster added 17.

STAA (0-2 overall, 0-1 in the M&O), was paced by Alex Powers with eight points and Griffin Knox chipped in five.

*Gillett vs Lena

The Gillett boys basketball team had no problems putting away Lena on Tuesday in a lopsided 71-43 Marinette & Oconto Conference victory.

Gillett (2-0) came out of the gates firing and took a 38-22 lead into halftime. 

Elijah Framnes had the hot-hand for the Tigers with his game-high 25 points; Cole Long backed him up with 23; Logan Block and Anthony Carroll each had seven and Logan Krause added three. 

For Lena (0-1), Colby Borchert led the team with nine points; Ralph Comins, Max Beyer and Colt Carroll each had eight and Logan Shallow and Bryce Hosking had five apiece. 

Girls Basketball

OCONTO — Scoring from just four players was needed for the Oconto girls basketball team to earn a home win on Tuesday.

Maggie Sohrweide, Aubree Bucheger, Mara Allen and Jenna Hornblad combined for 64 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 67-49 win over Sturgeon Bay. It was Bucheger leading the pack in the first half by scoring 12 points. Sohrweide added six in the first half and Oconto entered the break with a 28-24 lead.

Sohrweide and Allen gave Oconto the combination of inside and outside scoring in the second half. Sohrweide sank four 3-pointers in the second half while Allen scored 12. They boosted the Blue Devils to 39 second-half points, which turned a close game into a secured victory.

Oconto went 18-for-28 at the free throw line and sank nine 3-pointers in the game.

Sohrweide finished with a team-high 20 points; Bucheger had 17; Allen had 15 and Hornblad added 12.