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(Photo: Stacy Stubbe Photography)

MOSINEE - The Mosinee girls basketball team heads into a big week of Great Northern Conference play beginning on Tuesday. The Indians start the week as the conference's only one loss team at a mark of 7-1. A crowded top of the standings shows Lakeland (8-2), Medford (8-3), and Rhinelander (7-3), all ready to take advantage of any Mosinee malfunction. With only three conference games left for Mosinee, a championship is theirs to claim.

It all starts on Tuesday when the second place Lakeland Thunderbirds come to town intent of forcing a malfunction in Mosinee's plans. The T-Birds suffered a home loss back on January 12th to the Indians, 54-38. The game saw Lakeland sopohmore sensation and Kansas State recruit, Julianna Ouimette, pour in 24 of her team's 38 points. Mosinee will look to lessen the impact from Ouimette on Tuesday along with keeping other T-Birds from having big nights.

A Tuesday win for Mosinee would clinch at least a share of a conference championship. With Rhinelander yet to play it's second game against Medford, one of these teams will hand the other its fourth loss of the season on February 5th.

That brings us to Friday on the Mosinee schedule, a trip to Rhinelander. Like other GNC teams, Mosinee has already dealt Rhinelander a blemish in the win-loss column by way of a 59-34 home win on December 11th.

Mosinee junior, Alexis Freiboth

In the game, Zaleski Sports December athlete of the month Alexis Freiboth, scored a game high 14 points. The Indians defense kept the Hodags leading scorer, Rebecca Lawrence, under her season average of 23 points per game to a manageable 13.

A Tuesday and Friday win would give Mosinee the outright Great Northernce Conference championship, its first since the 11-1 season of 2015/2016. More importantly perhaps, two wins this week would give Mosinee the top seed heading into the regional playoffs.

Watch the Tuesday contest live at with game start scheduled for 7:15pm.

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