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Written by DEB HAMM   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:59

Early deficit no problem as Warriors fight back to beat one of league favorites

If early season play is any indication, the Ozaukee Warriors girls’ basketball team is going to be fun to watch.
After easily dispatching a much younger, less-experienced nonconference opponent in  Kewaskum Nov. 14, the Warriors earned a huge victory over a surprised host Random Lake on Nov. 17.
The Warriors fell behind, 9-2, early against the Rams, but scrapped their way back to a halftime tie at 27-27, before earning a 55-46 Big East Conference win.
The Rams were named as one of the teams to beat in the conference this season.
“The girls really impressed me,” Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff said.
“Random Lake is so much bigger than we are, and they are pretty athletic. We played with six players for most of the game, and we had them tired.
“Random Lake is a very good, athletic team. Going in, I felt we had to play as aggressive and fundamentally sound as we could to keep up with them. I challenged the girls at practice and before the game to give me everything they had and they did and then some.”
Wolff said he was impressed with the scrappiness of his young players.
“With giving up so much size, Brianna (Szczerbinski), Mallory (Miller), Izzy (Clark) and Abby (Miller) had to scrap for whatever they could get for rebounds,” he said.
BECCA SCHAUER (BW) s3111717020“Loren (Miller) had the finest game I’ve seen her play on defense. She was tenacious and didn’t give an inch.”
With the size difference, it was difficult to score inside, so the Warriors drained 11 three-pointers.
“Carla (Wolff) and Greta (Klas) seemed to keep getting better and more confident at the varsity level and hit some huge shots,” coach Wolff said.

Both girls sank two long-range shots.
Using just six players, Wolff was happy with his team’s conditioning.
“Amy (Wolff) played a phenomenal all-around game and hit several outside shots. She hardly ever came out of the game.
“Becca (Schauer) never came out of the game, despite picking up two early fouls. She did an unbelievable job of handling the ball, finding teammates and played tenacious defense. She was very calm under the pressure the Rams were putting on her,” he said.
Schauer led all scorers with 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and dished out six assists. Amy Wolff scored 15, all on three-pointers. She added a team-high seven rebounds. Carla Wolff scored 10 and Greta Klas tallied nine points.
The Rams’ Alicia Hartmann had 15 points.
The Warriors’ win came without the play of Elise Large, a four-year starter, who sat out due to illness.
On Nov. 14, the Warriors earned a 60-30 win at nonconference foe Kewaskum.
“It was a good way to start the season,” Wolff said. “Everyone got a lot of playing time.”
Schauer had 16 points and six steals. Klas scored 12 and Amy Wolff added 11. Mallory Miller scored seven in her first varsity action.
The Warriors hosted Elkhart Lake Tuesday. They play at Oostburg Nov. 30.

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