The Lakeland girls’ basketball team (1-0) will look to build upon their season-opening win against Shawano last Friday when they take on Marathon and Newman Catholic over the holiday weekend.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a thrilling defensive-minded win in which their pressure kept Shawano from establishing any offensive rhythm.

This afternoon the Thunderbirds take on Marathon (0-1), who lost to Newman Catholic by 40 points Monday night, 72-32.

In the crushing loss Elizabeth Boehm was still able to put in 14 points, so the T-Birds will be watching her.

They will also be heads up for the press.

“They love to pressure full court, trap the dribble, and run the ball,” Lakeland head coach Melissa Ouimette said. “They are very athletic and have great scoring abilities off the dribble.”

They will likely receive a dose of their own medicine as Ouimette is also a proponent of the full court press. She used it constantly last Friday against Shawano and completely rattled the Hawks.

Senior Melissa Bruckner was able to pick off multiple passes that led to lay-ups for herself or her teammates, so it looks to be a defensive battle. 

On Saturday, Lakeland will take on Newman Catholic (1-0) and according to Ouimette, they will have to contend with three major threats as well as a three-quarter court press that utilizes a 1-2-2 zone.

Lauren Shields, Jadelyn Ganski, and Julia Seidel “can score from anywhere on the court,” Ouimette said. “They shoot a lot of threes and get to the line,” which is the method that the Thunderbirds use with junior Abby Parris, who scored 25 against Shawano.

Lakeland’s Parris and Bruckner will be looked at to both score and break the press with their ball handling skills and passing.

The game will most likely be a fast-paced shootout.

Friday afternoon’s game is at 1:45 p.m. and Saturday’s game is at 5:15 p.m. at Antigo High School’s Sheldon Fieldhouse.

Jacob Friede may  be reached at jacob@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.