Mother said there would be basketball games like this

Port and Grafton lose decisively against North Shore Conference foes

TIANA DAVIS OF Port Washington drives inside under pressure from a Cedarburg defender last Friday at home. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

 

The Grafton High School girls’ basketball team got a stinker out of its system at a top competitor last Friday.

The Black Hawks lost, 48-25, to Whitefish Bay, the second-place team in the North Shore Conference.

“Bay’s a very good team. We shot the ball horribly and really couldn’t defend, and when you can’t do those two things that’s not a good combination,” coach Mike Grzesiak said.

The Hawks shot 2-for-22 on three-pointers and 9-for-27 on two-pointers.

All-time leading scorer Hannah Belanger was held to 10 points, less than half of her average per game.

Mya Masse and Halena Gehrke were next with four points each.

Ellie Clements led the Blue Dukes with 19 points. Alexis Caldwell and Elena Deslongchamps each scored 13 points. Caldwell had two three-pointers and Deslongchamps had three.

“We didn’t defend on the perimeter,” Grzesiak said.

The Hawks were taken out of hte game early and were down, 26-9, at halftime.

Their offense didn’t execute against the Blue Dukes’ 2-3 and 1-2-2 zones and man-to-man defenses

“I told the girls afterwards it’s one of those games. We need to forget about it,” Grzesiak said.

“We went back to practice Saturday and got after it and again on Monday.”

The Blue Dukes moved to 11-2, a game behind defending champion Slinger’s 12-1.

The Hawks fell to 8-5 and are in fifth place in the NSC.

Grafton was to host Nicolet on Tuesday , host Homestead in a make-up game on Thursday and play at Cedarburg at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the first of a girls-boys doubleheader.

Cedarburg was a rude guest at Port

Cedarburg’s Khendel Rolison outscored the entire Port Washington team on Friday.

The Pirates lost, 58-24. Rolison had 26 points.

The Bulldogs hit eight three-pointers in the first half on their way to a 35-10 lead at the break.

“I thought we could have been more aggressive on our closeouts,” coach Jakob Wahl said.

Kaytlin Kassens had six points to lead the Pirates, all coming in a 1 minute, 14-second stretch in the second half after she blocked a shot.

“She’s been progressing as the season’s gone on. It would be great to see her get  more involved more with the offense. It really helps us open things up when she can touch the ball down in the post for a scoring opportunity but to help our perimeter players out as well,” Wahl said.

Port, still winless was to host Hartford on Tuesday, Nicolet on Wednesday and play at Slinger on Friday.

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