Low-scoring, boring but it was victorious

Grafton girls edge league foe missing leading scorer

GRAFTON’S LEXI HILGART led the team in scoring twice last week with 14 points in both games. Photo by Mitch Maersch
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

If last Friday’s girls’ high school basketball game between Grafton and Whitefish Bay was a movie, it would have been more likely to win a Razzie than an Oscar.

But the Black Hawks will take the result, a 37-27 victory over their North Shore Conference foes.

The Blue Dukes were missing leading scorer Elena Deslongchamps due to injury, and apparently all the special effects went with her.

“She has scored 75% to 80% of their points during the year. They struggled to find an answer to put the ball in the basket,” Grafton coach Matt D’Amato said.

The Hawks didn’t exactly prevent the scorekeeper from snoring, either, but they held a 19-7 halftime lead and never lost a double-digit advantage.

Lexi Hilgart scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. Ellie Grisar hit three three-pointers and a layup for 11 points, which combined were two less than the Blue Dukes’ total.

Julia Place had seven rebounds and Ella Day had three assists.

“Whenever you get into a game with Whitefish Bay, it’s a lot of zones, a lot of looks. You’ve got to be patient,” D’Amato said about what he described as a “slow, methodical game.”

The Hawks still had 21 turnovers, more than their goal of 13.

“Bay is a really good defensive team,” D’Amato said.

Zoe Behrendt and Emeria McPherson each scored eight points for the Blue Dukes.

The Hawks on Feb. 4 lost at Homestead, 65-53, after digging a 28-17 first-half hole.

“The way we executed our game plan was very good,” D’Amato said.

But the Hawks couldn’t finish on the offensive end, going 2-for-15 shooting and making about half of their free throws in the first half.

Hilgart went 5-for-5 shooting in the second half and helped bring the Hawks to within five with about six minutes left.

The Hawks went to a 1-3-1 zone, which gave the Highlanders trouble. But they had to go back to man-to-man since they were still down, and the Highlanders responded with an 8-0 run to put the game away.

Hilgart scored 14 points. Julia Place had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Emily Grisar had nine points. Mya Masse had five rebounds.

Khendel Rolison scored 23 for Homestead. Braylin Smith had 18 and Delaney Buzzell had 15.

The Hawks are 7-7 in the NSC. Homestead is 11-3 and Whitefish Bay is 7-7.

The Hawks were to play at Hartford (8-6 NSC) on Tuesday, host Port Washington (0-14) on Friday, play at nonconference foe Laconia (16-4) on Saturday and at Slinger (12-3 NSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Port Washington drops two NSC games

Port Washington lost at home to Nicolet, 68-46, on Feb. 4 and at West Bend West, 78-34, last Friday.

Against Nicolet, Kayla Johnson scored 13 points and Tiana Davis and Peyton Mueller-Stenz each had 11. Abby Fritsch scored eight.

Nicolet had four players in double-digit scoring.

Mueller-Stenz had 11 points against West. Davis had seven and Keelie Schumacher had six.

Maddie Baker led West with 26 points.

Port, 0-14 in the NSC and 1-17 overall, was to play at Cedarburg on Tuesday, at Grafton on Friday and host Homestead on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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