STEVENS POINT – Leah Earnest scored 26 points to lead Stevens Point to a 78-42 win over Marshfield in the Wisconsin Valley Conference girls basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday night at Stevens Point Area Senior High.
Stevens Point rolled out to a 39-17 lead by halftime and maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Zoe Fink added 14 points and Tahlia Moe had 12 points for the Panthers (3-1 overall).
Maddie Michaelis accounted for more than half of Marshfield’s points, scoring 22.
Stevens Point hosts Chippewa Falls in a nonconference game Saturday.
Marshfield (0-3 overall) will host Wisconsin Rapids on Friday as part of a girls-boys doubleheader. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m. at Marshfield High School. Both games will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.
Panthers 78, Tigers 42 Marshfield 17 25 – 42 Stevens Point 39 39 – 78 MARSHFIELD (42): Kaydee Johnson 8, Maddie Michaelis 22, Danielle Minsaas 2, Desirae Weisenberger 2, Loryn Jakobi 7, Samantha Hoch 1. Record: 0-3, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference. STEVENS POINT (78): Shaye Solinsky 7, Avery Lilly 2, Kylie Klismith 6, Hailey Carlson 6, Tahlia Moe 12, Zoe Fink 14, Emma Jossie 3, Leah Earnest 26, Avita Cole 2. Record: 3-1, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference.