Klas comes through in the clutch

Ozaukee sophomore nails buzzer-beating bomb to force overtime; Warriors bring home win from there

OZAUKEE’S GABBY KLAS (above) hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game with Random Lake last Friday in Fredonia. Cami Miller (right) grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and played solid post defense. The Warriors won in overtime, 60-58. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

Things didn’t look good for the Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team late in the game against Random Lake last Friday.

The Warriors saw an eight-point first-half deficit double to 16 before they started a slow but steady comeback.

Down, 52-49, in the final seconds, Gabby Klas stepped up.

The sophomore drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

Then, the Warriors outscored the Rams, 8-6, to snag a 60-58 victory to move into second place in the Big East South Division.

“We knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff said.

“Random Lake has a good team. I told the girls it was probably going to be a 36-minute game.”

It was longer than that, which didn’t bode well for a few Warriors in the foul-ridden affair.

In overtime, star guard Becca Schauer, along with Klas and Izzy Clark fouled out.

“We had to go and use a lot of girls off the bench,” Wolff said. It just goes to show it takes a team to win. You never know when your number is called and you need to do something for your team.”

Ashley Gruman and Julia DeBroux fouled out for the Rams, and two of their teammates battled late-game injuries.

Schauer and Gabby Klas led the Warriors with 17 points each. Klas hit five three-pointers and Schauer had seven steals and five assists.

Greta Klas scored 11 points.

Wolff said Ozaukee got clutch plays from several players.

“We got some really, really, clutch free throws from Cami Miller and Greta Klas,” Wolff said.

“And I think there were a lot of unsung heroes. Izzy Clark had to guard Random Lake’s best player on the other team and battled her rear-end off. She hustled all over the place and had seven rebounds.

Miller had nine points and a season-high 15 rebounds and “had to guard their big post girl. Once she had it figured out, she did very well,” Wolff said.

He also complimented the efforts of Sophie Uhlenberg.

“We put her in at crunch time, and she came through making some big plays and really battled for rebounds,” he said.

The Warriors handled the ball well, only committing nine turnovers.

“Becca did a great job handling the ball, and Greta hit some really big shots besides her free throws,” Wolff said.

The Rams built a 32-24 first-half lead and continued to build on that after the break.

“I can’t say enough about our tenacity. It didn’t look very good. I know we were down by 16 well into the middle of the second half,” Wolff said.

“Once we got a little momentum, we just kept chipping away.”

The Warriors’ defense could not slow down Random’s McKenna Armstrong, who scored a game-high 24 points, despite battle through some cramping issues. DeBroux scored 10.

“It was a great team effort, and hopefully, this will springboard us for the rest of the season,” Wolff said.

Ozaukee is 4-1 in the Big East South division and 7-3 overall. The Rams slipped to 3-2 in the conference and 4-5 overall.

The Warriors took a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game against visiting Sheboygan Christian (1-4 Big East). Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (1-5) visits Fredonia on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

 

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