Ozaukee girls overmatch opponents

Warriors refuse to play down to their competition in beating struggling teams with worse records

OZAUKEE’S CAMI MILLER (20) and her teammate Izzy Clark (15) battled for a loose ball with Port Washington’s Lizzie Egan in a non-conference game in Fredonia on Jan. 3. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team knocked off some holiday rust and Port Washington at the same time on Jan. 3.

The Warriors jumped out to a 27-16 halftime lead and hung on for a 49-33 non-conference victory in their first game in 13 days.

Becca Schauer lit up the stat line with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and seven steals.

‘I thought Becca Schauer was just all over the place. We were really moving the ball well on offense,” coach Tim Wolff said.

Greta Klas had 11 points. Izzy Clark scored eight, and Abby Miller had seven, to go along with 12 rebounds and four steals.

“I really like the balanced scoring that we are getting,” Wolff said.

“I really liked the way our girls came out with energy and execution with 12 or 13 days off. I’m really proud of the effort.”

Lizzie Egan led the Pirates with 14 points. Kaytlin Kassens, coming off of a career-high 22 points at West Bend East on Dec. 21, scored eight.

“That’s just become the norm. We’re still looking for one more person to pick up the scoring,” coach Jakob Wahl said.

The Warriors took a little while to get into their groove.

“We were fairly rusty, but I thought we played pretty darn good defense, and I thought the execution got a lot better as the game got going,” Wolff said.

Wahl saw the change.

“We got off to pretty good start and they hit us with a little bit of pressure halfway through the first half,” he said.

“It was hard climbing back into it.”

But Port made a move.

“The second half was much more competitive. We had (the lead) down to nine early in second half and then it slipped to bigger lead and stayed steady,” Wahl said.

The Pirates reached the free-throw line 15 times — six more than the Warriors — but only managed to make five.

The Warriors struggled from long range, hitting one of 12 three-point attempts.

The Warriors’ 2-3 zone defense provided more interior defense.

“We’ve got to do a better job of executing, getting to open spots on the court. We were a little rushed,” Wahl said.

The loss leaves the Pirates still seeking their first victory of the season.

They were to play at North Shore Conference foe West Bend West on Tuesday and will host Grafton at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the opener of a girls-boys doubleheader. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, they host non-conference opponent Cedar Grove-Belgium.

Warriors cruise in conference road victory

The Warriors climbed to 5-3 in the Big East Conference with a 51-29 victory over host Sheboygan Lutheran last Saturday.

“They are having a down year and they have quite a few injuries,” Wolff said.

“I thought our girls really played unselfish basketball, and everyone got to play a lot.”

The Warriors more than doubled Sheboygan Lutheran’s first-half output and led, 32-14, at the break.

Freshman Gabby Klas led the Warriors with 11 points and seven rebounds. Schauer tallied 10 points, nine steals, five rebounds and four assists.

The Crusaders were led by Josie Pingel and Rose Hahn with eight points each.

“It was nice to get a road win, and we are really looking forward to a tough schedule the next five games,” Wolff said.

The Warriors hosted Cedar Grove-Belgium on Tuesday. On Friday, they will play at Howards Grove. On Jan. 14 they will play at Sheboygan Falls in a nonconference match-up.

The Warriors are in a four-way tie for  fourth place in the league. Undefeated Howards Grove leads the conference at 9-0.

Ozaukee Press reporter Mitch Maersch contributed to this story.

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