Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 17:39
CG-B girls put clamps on Dominican and stretch win string to five games
Defense paved the road to victory for the Cedar Grove-Belgium girlsâ€™ basketball team Monday.
Grabbing an early lead and holding an athletic opponent in check, the host Rockets secured a 47-36 over Whitefish Bay Dominican in a nonconference game.
â€śIt was a big win for us against a good team that has great athletes,â€ť said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Josh Ketterhagen, whose team won its fifth straight game and improved to 6-2 overall.
â€śWe did an excellent job of making Dominican working for every point they got.â€ť
Dominicanâ€™s Deysha Smith-Jenkins scored 20 points, but only one of her teammates had more than four.
The Rocketsâ€™ were led by Kristen Slotmanâ€™s 20 points and also got 11 points from Abi von Heimburg.
Cedar Grove-Belgium raced to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter and slowly stretched the advantage.
The Rockets led, 28-20, at halftime and held a 40-30 edge after three periods.
CG-Belgium 42, Elkhart Lake 39
A fourth-quarter rally allowed the Rockets to pull out a Central Lakeshore Conference win on the road last Friday.
Cedar Grove-Belgium trailed by six points with four minutes left but pulled even on consecutive three-point plays by Mariah Keller and Slotman. Each drew a foul while scoring a two-point
basket and then converted a free throw.
When the Resorters tried to rally, von Heimburg helped hold them off by making three of four throws in the final two minutes.
â€śAny time you can go on the road in the CLC, itâ€™s difficult to get a win,â€ť said Ketterhagen, whose team improved to 4-2 in league play. â€śI knew it would be a tough game.â€ť
The Rockets trailed, 10-9, after one quarter before rallying to take a 22-19 lead by halftime. Elkhart Lake drew even at 28-28 after three periods.
Von Heimburg finished with a game-high 15 points, and Slotman had 11.
Anna Vollrath led Elkhart Lake (3-3) with 11 points.
This week, the Rockets will continue conference play this week with a 7:30 p.m. game at Howards Grove on Thursday and a 3 p.m. home contest Saturday against Sheboygan Christian.
On Jan. 19, Cedar Grove-Belgium will host Random Lake at 7:30 p.m.
RACHEL SLOTMAN got ready to turn the corner as she drove past a Dominican defender in Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s nonconference win Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt