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Written by DEB HAMM   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:01

Ozaukee girls use 42-point surge in 2nd half to secure upset victory over Mishicot in Big East battle

The Ozaukee girls’ basketball team turned in one of its best games of the season Jan. 18 when it upset visiting Mishicot, 62-55, in a Big East Conference showdown between two of the league’s youngest squads.
After trailing by 11 points at halftime, the host Warriors bounced back with one of their biggest second halves in years and put up 42 points to secure the win.
Ozaukee improved to 7-5 in the Big East, while the Indians slipped to 8-4.
As the Warriors chipped away at their  deficit, Amy Wolff’s three-pointer tied the game, 45-45, with 8 minutes, 27 seconds to play.
Ozaukee never trailed again.
Greta Klas scored two consecutive baskets, followed by a pair of free throws by Becca Schauer, and the Warriors led, 41-45,  with 4:56 left.
A basket by Karly Ayotte pulled the Indians within four points.
ABBY MILLER BW s1012518453Schauer, who battled foul trouble most of the game, fouled out with 3:58 to play.
When Desiree Kleiman sank a pair of free throws, Mishicot trailed by only 51-49.
Wolff made two of three free throws to give the Warriors some breathing room with 3:46 to play.
Mishicot got a free throw from Klieman at the 1:47 mark to pull within 53-50. However, the Warriors made seven of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal the outcome, including a 5-for-8 effort from Amy Wolff and 2-for-2 by her sister Carla with 1.4 seconds to play.
Mishicot only scored a single free throw in the last 1:46 of the game.
“I was impressed with the ball-handling skills of Elise (Large), especially with Becca going out,” Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff said.
“I keep getting extra offense from Greta (Klas) and Carla. Greta had a really good week. Amy really bounced back out of her shooting slump, and had nine rebounds.”
The Warriors got strong play inside.
“Loren (Miller), Abby (Miller) and Bri (Szczerbinski) really battled around the basket, did a great job of boxing out and had some great moves to score,” coach Wolff said.
“They just keep getting better. Becca, even though some of the calls didn’t go our way, still contributed nicely.”
Amy Wolff finished with 17 points, including a trio of three-point baskets, and Klas added 14 points.

Large had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Indians had three players score in double digits, led by Hannah Sweetman with 16 points. Kylie Schmidt and Dsiree Kleiman had 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Warriors have only three seniors on a roster that includes five juniors (two of them foreign exchange students) and four sophomores.
Mishicot is even younger. The Indians also have three seniors, but their roster has three juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen.
“Mishicot is a good young team with one really good senior,” coach Wolff said.
“They are very athletic. It was an excellent basketball game to be a part of. It was very competitive and high intensity.
“Our girls matched every bit of their intensity with their own and really stepped up and had a nice comeback in the second half.”
Mishicot got strong shooting from beyond the arc in the first half. The Indians drained seven three-pointers and led, 31-20, at the break.
This week, the Warriors closed out their Big East regular-season schedule Tuesday at Sheboygan Christian (1-11 Big East).
On Saturday, Ozaukee will begin play in the conference tournament. Match-ups will be announced this week.

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