Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 15:17
Rockets roll into holiday break with 3rd straight win in Central Lakeshore play
After losing two of its first three games, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team appears to have righted the ship.
The Rockets scored their third straight win in impressive fashion last week by throttling Sheboygan Lutheran, 61-37, in Central Lakeshore Conference play.
Coach Josh Ketterhagen’s team turned up the defensive heat to take control of the Dec. 22 game, which was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s last before breaking for the holidays.
The Rockets’ steady pressure forced 33 turnovers, including 18 in the first half, when they rolled to a 31-12 lead.
Lutheran doubled its point production in the second half but was unable to make a dent in the margin, which grew to 48-25 after three quarters.
“Anytime you can pick up wins, it’s good, but I was really pleased with the way we played,” Ketterhagen said.
“We played hard throughout the game and had a very good defensive effort.”
The Rockets finished the night with 18 steals, including a team-high six by Hannah Kaul. The senior guard also had six assists.
Cedar Grove-Belgium, which improved to 3-2 in league play and 4-2 overall, got a game-high 21 points from senior forward Kristen Slotman.
Junior Abi von Heimburg added 14 points, and Steph Ruppel had eight.
The Rockets’ 18 assists included a team-best seven from Mariah Keller.
“I think our offense is starting to come around,” Ketterhagen said. “We’re sharing the ball and shooting it better.”
Chloe Van Der Weele scored eight points to lead Lutheran, which fell to 0-5 in the conference and 0-6 overall.
The win continued a strong run by the Rockets, whose only losses came at the hands of Ozaukee and Oostburg, two of the league’s top teams.
Cedar Grove-Belgium will resume play Friday, Jan. 8, when it travels to Elkhart Lake for a 7:30 p.m. conference contest.
JACKIE BRUGGINK got inside the Kohler defense for a basket during a recent Central Lakeshore Conference win by the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team. The Rockets stayed on a roll last week by defeating Sheboygan Lutheran for their third straight victory.
Photo by Sam Arendt