Ozaukee girls peaking at the right time

Warriors look good in upset and nearly a second; CG-Belgium girls starting to play better
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

 Playing their best ball of the season, the Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team finished second in the Big East Conference tournament last week.

After beating host Manitowoc Lutheran, 74-58, on Feb. 2, the Warriors took on two teams ranked in the top five in Division 4 in the state.

Ozaukee earned a thrilling 54-52 victory over fourth-ranked Howards Grove (13-2) at Ozaukee Feb. 5. On Saturday, the Warriors fell short in the tournament title game at fifth-ranked Mishicot (14-1), 37-36.

Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff praised his players and the Warriors’ fans.

“Mishicot is a long drive, more than an hour away. You would have never guessed that we were the road team when it came to how loud our side was. We were really thankful for that. It was really good to see and the girls really appreciated it.”

The first time the Warriors played Mishicot on Jan. 24, Ozaukee lost, 66-39. Saturday’s game was all about defense.

“I’m getting really great efforts from Izzy Clark, Cami Miller, Abby Miller, Briana Szczerbinski, Carla Wolff, Ashley Mueller and Mallory Miller. They are really doing a great job, playing good and hard and aggressive around the basket,” Wolff said.

Ozaukee trailed, 24-18 at halftime, but rallied to nearly pull off their second straight upset. Gabby Klas launched a three-point shot at the buzzer, but it was off the mark.

“We just came up one play short. We had our chances. When you look back at a game like that, there are always ‘what ifs’. The fact is that we played the No. 5 team in the state in our division at their place for the title, and we came up one point short.”

Ozaukee’s Becca Schauer had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.

“Becca was really able to get to force her way in towards the basket to put the pressure on the defense,” Wolff said.

Greta Klas added 11 points.

“I’m proud of our effort, I think we are peaking at the right time going into the (state) tournament,” Wolff said.

Kylie Schmit scored 15 for Mishicot.

Against Howards Grove, the game was  tight from the tip. Ozaukee led at halftime, 27-26.

“Howards Grove is the No. 4-ranked team in state, and we knew it would be a big challenge,” Wolff said.

In the second half, the Warriors held a five-point lead several times, but the Tigers battled back. Howards Grove took a 44-43 lead at the 4:19 mark after Madalyn Near drained a three-pointer.

After Schauer tied the game with a free throw, she stole the ball and was fouled on a layup. The basket counted and she made the free throw. The Warriors led, 47-44, with 2:53 to play.

The Tigers climbed to within two with 1:15 remaining. The Warriors missed a shot with 46 seconds left, but the Tigers turned the ball over on a double dribble.

Greta Klas made three of four free throws and the Warriors led, 53-50 with 26.3 seconds left. Cami Miller iced the game with a free throw with 9.3 seconds to go. The Tigers scored a late basket.

“I can’t say enough about Becca’s all-around game. She had great ball handling and distribution of the basketball for the other girls’ open shots,” Wolff said.

“We got some huge pressure free throws from Greta Klas, and a really big one to ice the game from Cami Miller.”

Schauer had a game-high 17 points and had nine assists and six steals. Cami Miller had six rebounds.

The Tigers were led by Leah Parnitzke with 13 points.

The Warriors, 9-6 in the conference and 13-7 overall, hosted Sheboygan Christian Monday. Ozaukee closes the regular season by hosting Lake Country Lutheran on Thursday. They earned a 3 seed in

the WIAA Division 4 playoffs and host the winner of No. 6-seeded Dodgeland and No. 11-seeded Kenosha Christian Life on Friday, Feb. 22.

CG-Belgium goes 2-1 in tournament

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls took 10th in the tournament, going 2-1 in the bottom six-team bracket.

The Rockets beat Sheboygan Christian, 67-25, on Feb. 2; Sheboygan Lutheran, 57-48, on Feb. 5 and lost to Kohler, 39-36, Saturday.

Against Lutheran, the Rockets took a 30-17 halftime lead but the Crusaders tied it at 33-33.

The Rockets then took the game over again. Three-pointers by Amy TenHaken and Alyssa and Alex Mentink built a lead.

“That was good to see our girls respond like that,” coach Jason Jones said.

TenHaken had 17 points and went 4-for-9 on three-pointers. Ellie Felsinger had 14 points. Alyssa Mentink scored 11 and Alex had nine. Alex had seven rebounds, and Maddie Sutryk had six.

Against Kohler, the Rockets nearly pulled out a tie. Down four with 19 seconds left, Felsinger made a basket but was fouled before she shot the ball. She made the first free throw and missed the second.

Kohler got the rebound and ran out the clock.

The game was an improvement over a 55-38 loss on Jan. 11 when the Rockets weren’t at full strength.

“The girls kind of stepped up, did what was asked of them,” Jones said.

The Rockets held Cecilia Zielke to eight points after scoring 18 in last month’s game. Blue Bomber Payton Schueller had three three-pointers.

Felsinger and Sutryk each scored nine. TenHaken had seven, and Alex Mentink five.

The Rockets, 10-10, had Tuesday’s game at Milwaukee Carmen Northwest postponed. They play at Hilbert on Thursday in a game rescheduled from Jan. 29. They earned a No. 6 seed in the WIAA

Division 3 playoffs and host No. 11-seeded  Two Rivers on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner plays at No. 3-seeded Kiel on Friday, Feb. 22.

Ozaukee Press reporter Mitch Maersch contributed to this article.

 

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