The Ozaukee girlsâ€™ basketball team scored a split decision in its first two games of the season last week.
After posting a hard-fought win over Mayville in nonconference play, the Warriors were edged by Howards Grove, 44-38, in their Central Lakeshore Conference opener Nov. 29.
When Howards Grove came to town, Ozaukee probably felt like it was playing in the land of the giants.
The Tigersâ€™ starting lineup features 6-foot Hayley Rickmeier and 5-10 Brittany Wehrmann, who combined for 28 points.
Ozaukeeâ€™s tallest starter is 5-7 center Emily Thome.
â€śHowards Grove controlled the boards with their height advantage,â€ť Ozaukee coach Lee LeMahieu said. â€śBut defensively, we forced 27 turnovers and had 18 steals.â€ť
The Warriors stayed close most of the game and trailed by only 23-18 at halftime. They overcame a five-point deficit after one quarter to go ahead, 17-15, on free throws by Brooke Bares and Jessika Dieringer late in the first half.
However, Howards Grove steadily pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter. A late Ozaukee rally trimmed the final margin.
Dieringer, who played a physical game and regularly drew fouls in the lane, led the Warriors with 13 points. She didnâ€™t have a field goal but was 13-for-18 on free throws.
â€śJessika did a good job of getting to the line,â€ť LeMahieu said.
â€śWe were getting good shots in the offense but couldnâ€™t get them to drop.â€ť
Bailey Johnson and Emily Thome added eight and seven points, respectively.
Thome and Dieringer each had five rebounds, and Mickey Burns and Johnson had four steals apiece.
Rickmeier led all scorers with 15 points, and Wehrmann had 13.
Ozaukee 49, Mayville 34
A game-high 17 points by junior guard Lizzie Janke sparked the host Warriors in their season opener Nov. 27.
Ozaukee fell behind, 10-6, after one quarter but outscored Mayville by 10 points in the second period to take a 23-17 halftime lead and never trailed again.
The Warriors padded the margin by outscoring Mayville, 9-4, in the third quarter.
Dieringer finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Johnson had eight points, and Morgan Bichler added six.
This week, Ozaukee was scheduled to continue CLC play against Oostburg on Tuesday and host Sheboygan Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Dec. 11, the Warriors will travel to Campbellsport for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game.
Image Information: KYLIE WATRY tried to drive past a Howards Grove defender during Ozaukeeâ€™s 44-38 loss Nov. 29. Photo by Sam Arendt