Patriots winners in season opener


Sports Writer

PEMBINE, Wis. – For season openers against a rebuilding team, Goodman-Pembine did well in dispatching Wausaukee 55-24 in non-conference girls basketball Saturday night.

“A little sloppy but I think we’re going to be OK,” Patriots coach Dennis Bilski said. “We did OK for the first game.”

Senior forward Courtney Goyak scored 15 of 21 points in the first half when the Patriots rolled to a 26-7 lead. The difference was 12-2 after the first quarter.

“We have a few extra bodies this year,” said Bilski, whose Patriots (16-9) reached the regional finals last year. “We’re going to try to apply a lot of pressure. It didn’t work like I wanted it to. But we did force a few turnovers.”

Rachel Stankevich, limited to first-half playing time with three fouls, chipped in nine points. The Patriots will again turn to Goyak and Stankevich, both 2013 All-NLC first-teamers, for offense.

“They have to get the ball,” Bilski said. “They have to score.”

Marissa Moloney chipped in eight points and sophomore Claire Goyak added six.

“Young Goyak played well,” Bilski noted.

Britney Stepien joins Courtney Goyak, Stankevich and Moloney as returning seniors.

Crysta Clark’s nine points led the Rangers, who shot 7 of 39 from the floor (18 percent) with 2 of 19 in the first half.

The Patriots and Niagara clash Tuesday at Goodman. They open the Northern Lakes Conference campaign Thursday at Florence.

“Crandon, no doubt,” said Bilski when asked to name the league favorite. “They won it last year with juniors.

“They’re going to be tough. We’ll give them a battle.”

Wausaukee defeated Goodman-Pembine in the jayvee game.

Wausaukee 2 5 6 11 – 24

Good.-Pembine 12 14 19 10 – 55

WAUSAUKEE: Delaet 5, Ramos 4, Clark 9, Andraschko 6. FT: 10-17. F: 8. Fouled out: Delaet.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Moloney 8, Claire Goyak 6, Peed 2, Stankevich 9, Betka 5, Toll 4, Courtney Goyak 21. FT: 5-8. F: 15.

3-point FG: none.

Officials: Scott Boddy, John Pucci.