The Newburg girls basketball team had their plates full when they faced off against the top seeded Licking Lady Wildcats in the second round of the Frisco League Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Lady Wolves got behind early and couldn't quite get out of the early hole in a 66-44 loss.
Newburg struggled to get into an offensive rhythm in the first quarter and Licking took advantage early. Macy Suschanke provided almost all of the Newburg offense in the opening frame, scoring five of the Lady Wolves' seven points. Licking took advantage of five free throws in the first quarter, scoring 14 points to take the early lead.
Licking put the game away in the second quarter, pouring in 21 points. Newburg improved their scoring effort with 11 points, but couldn't keep pace with the Lady Wildcats. Licking ran into the half with a 35-18 lead.
Licking didn't slow down after the half, adding another 19 points in the third quarter. Newburg continued to turn up the offensive pace, but couldn't close the gap with 12 points in the quarter. Newburg managed to outscore Licking in the fourth, but couldn't overcome the large deficit in a 66-44 loss.
Macy Suschanke led Newburg with 13 points, while adding four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Claire Affolter chipped in with 12 points and fell one rebound short of a double-double with nine boards. She also had three steals, four assists and a block. Grace Affolter scored nine points, while adding four steals and four assists. Bailey Brookshire and Adriauna Williams each added four points, while Marah Suschanke had two points.
Turnovers were Newburg's biggest downside, as the Lady Wolves committed 27 turnovers in the game.
"They're a really good team and ran it on us," said head coach Jeff Atchison. "We were a little sick, but take nothing away from them, they played well."
Newburg will now play in the third place game against Richland on Saturday, Dec. 1.