Bre Pertee’s double-double helped Wyoming East get past Man.
The junior scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Lady Warriors to a 59-48 win at New Richmond on Monday night.
“I think we’re meshing together better as a team,” said WEHS coach Angie Boninsegna. “We’re hitting people in the open court.”
East grabbed the lead early and withstood a barrage of Man three-pointers to stay in control.
A 6-0 spurt capped by Hailey Lowman’s trey gave East a 21-9 lead in the first quarter.
Man senior Morgan Conn connected from beyond the arc to pull her team within 25-16 in the second stanza.
The Warriors answered with nine straight points, including a three-pointer from Michaela Shumate and a follow shot by Pertee, to push the margin to 34-16.
East held its biggest lead of the night at 38-18. It was 38-21 at the half.
Conn’s three from the top of the key narrowed the gap to 45-32 in the third quarter and the Lady Billies closed to within 10 down the stretch. But they got no closer.
“I thought Bre and Chiara (Jewell) did a good job of boxing out,” Boninsegna commented.
In addition to Pertee, East got 12 points and seven steals from point guard Megan Davis. Shumate added 10 markers.
Conn drilled five three-pointers and paced Man with 20 points. Mika McCoy added 18.
Boninsegna has worked with a patchwork quilt of lineups this season due to injury and illness.
Guard Hannah Ford has been out three weeks. “We don’t have as much quickness without her,” Boninsegna noted.
The Lady Warriors are 10-5 as they head into the home stretch of the regular season.
“We need to protect the ball better because whoever we play in the sectional tournament is going to be an in-your-face kind of team,” Boninsegna said. “We need to start doing this in every game from here on.”
East visits rival Westside this Thursday.
Photo: Bre Pertee of Wyoming East goes up with the ball during Monday’s 59-48 win over Man at New Richmond.