Pioneers Down Blue Devils, Stay Atop Packerland

Sevastopol’s girls basketball team pulled within one win of repeating as the Packerland Conference champion on Monday after defeating one of the two teams it was tied with for the league lead. 

Trailing 12-5 with 12:28 left in the first half, the Pioneers called timeout to regroup and then in nearly a seven-minute span outscored Oconto, 21-2.

Sevastopol led 28-22 at halftime, then saw its advantage shrink to 39-36 with less than three minutes to play before defeating the Blue Devils, 49-39.

Naomi Rikkola, who sank nine of 10 free throws in the second half, led the Pioneers with 18 points. Kayla Ranly added 10 points. Libby Ash, whose three three-pointers in the first half sparked Sevastopol’s scoring rally, tallied nine points.

Addisyn Viestenz was Oconto’s only player to score in double figures with 18 points.

The Pioneers, who improved to 13-2 in the conference and 19-3 overall, can clinch a share of the Packerland title Thursday with a victory at home in the regular-season finale against Peshtigo, the conference’s cellar dweller.

The Blue Devils (12-3, 15-8) close out the regular season Thursday with a league game at Southern Door.

The team Sevastopol remains tied at the top of the Packerland, Kewaunee (13-2, 20-2), won Monday’s league game at home against Sturgeon Bay, 53-14, and closes out its conference schedule in Thursday’s regular-season finale at Algoma.

Oconto’s Emilee Banker (3) is double-teamed at midcourt by Sevastopol’s Naomi Rikkola (20) and Kylee Duessler (back) in Monday’s Packerland Conference girls basketball game at Sevastopol. Photo by Kevin Boneske.