CG-Belgium girls sport a new look

Experience, not height, will drive the Rockets

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Shelby Cooney (left) went up for a shot against Campbellsport last Friday. She is expected to be a split time at point guard this season. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

It’s a new day for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School girls’ basketball program.

The big difference this season, coach Jason Jones said, is “our quickness more than anything, which is a good thing.

“It’s exciting, something different.”

The Rockets have a number of girls returning from last year’s team, including senior Maddie Sutryk, who was the team’s second-leading scorer and rebounder last season with 8.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Sutryk and junior Brooke Braga will handle most of the post play inside, Jones said.

They will combine to replace Elsie Felsinger, who was lost to graduation. She led the Rockets in scoring with 12.8 points per game and rebounding with 8.1 per game.

Senior Shelby Cooney and Alyssa Mentink will split time at point guard.

Jones also hopes to get contributions from Amy TenHaken, the team’s fourth-leading scorer last year, and Anna Claerbaut.

The Rockets also lost guard Alex Mentink to graduation. She was second on the team in scoring with 8.4 points per game and third in rebounds with 4.1 per game.

Alyssa Mentink Sutryk and TenHaken can all shoot threes, Jones said.

All the Rockets are shorter than six feet, so Jones said he will play with some lineups and try to figure out some strategies.

Jones typically runs a man-to-man defense but is open to other types.

“We’ll mix it up. We’ll try to keep teams guessing,” he said.

The Rockets started the season with a 53-42 home loss to Campbellsport last Friday.

Jones said his team was in foul trouble early but came back to take a lead in the second half before the Cougars pulled away, going 16-for-28 on free throws.

“That was really the difference in the game,” he said.

Sutryk scored 12 and Cooney and Mentink each had 10 points.

The Rockets were to play at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Tuesday and host Sheboygan Christian on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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