Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:14
Pirate boys prevail in finale after Lady Hawks take opener in basketball twin bill
The Port Washington and Grafton basketball teams scored a split decision in a North Shore Conference coed doubleheader Monday.
After Grafton defeated the host Pirates, 37-28, in the girls’ game, Port returned the favor by winning the boys’ contest, 55-33.
The games were the makeup of a doubleheader postponed Jan. 7 due to inclement weather.
The Grafton girls used a big third quarter to secure their fourth straight win.
Port trailed by only 18-16 at halftime, but the Black Hawks broke things open with a 14-6 run that gave them a 10-point lead entering the final period.
Rachel Schmitz scored 12 points to lead Grafton, which improved to 4-4 in the conference and 11-5 overall.
Teammate Rachel Ruona added 11 points.
Port, which fell to 2-6 in NSC play and 3-10 overall, was led by Amanda Baierl’s seven points.
In the boys’ game, Port took control early, grabbing a 12-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretching the margin to 31-11 by halftime.
The Pirates used a blend of stingy defense and steady offense, making eight three-point baskets.
Forward Sam Weiland scored a game-high 15 points for Port, which improved to 4-5 in the conference and 9-7 overall.
The Pirates also got 14 points from Tay Jackson and 10 from Matthew Kirmse.
Weiland and Kirmse each had a trio of three-pointers.
Grafton, which fell to 2-7 in NSC play and 5-10 overall, was led by Luke Benzschawel’s 13 points. Bryan Sternig added nine points.
Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S Brennan Cassidy found an open teammate in the face of defensive pressure from Grafton’s Luke Benzschawel (left) and Tyler Howard during a North Shore Conference game Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt