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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 17:47

Shorthanded Port girls dig down to snap losing streak with eye-opening victory over first-place Cedarburg

Most people would regard the Port Washington Pirates’ 35-34 win over first-place Cedarburg last Friday as an upset, but don’t count Port coach Vinnie Murray among them.

“We knew that we could beat them. We’re finally playing the kind of basketball we’re capable of,” Murray said after watching his team rally to stun the visiting Bulldogs in a hard-fought
North Shore Conference game.

The Pirates, who started the night 0-4 in league play, were underdogs against 4-0 Cedarburg, which had shared the NSC top spot with Nicolet.

But Port, which had lost seven straight times since winning its season opener Nov. 27, found a way to make the big plays down the stretch.

After trailing, 28-24, entering the fourth quarter, Cedarburg rallied to take a 34-33 lead with 14 seconds left. The Pirates missed a shot at the go-ahead basket, but sophomore center
Nicole Ziehm scored on a put-back with five seconds to go to give her team the final edge.

For good measure, Ziehm foiled the Bulldogs’ try at a buzzer-beating winner by deflecting a shot by Carly Lythjohan. It was the last of Ziehm’s seven blocks in the game.

“Nicole really stepped up for us at the end there,” said Murray, whose team improved to 2-7 overall.

“She did a great job, and several of our other players had big games, too.”

With starting point guard Alyssa Ross sidelined much of the night with foul trouble, the short-handed Pirates needed contributions from most of the eight players they had suited for the game.

Sophomore Kelsey Steffen scored a team-high nine points for Port, and Marly Trier added seven.

The Pirates also got a key fourth-quarter basket from freshman Mikayla Hilton, who finished with six points.

The victory, which Murray said was Port’s first against a team with a winning record in eight years, required the Pirates to overcome a slow start.

The Bulldogs held a 14-3 lead in the second quarter before Port went on a 15-1 run to take an 18-15 lead into halftime. The second half became a dogfight, with neither team able to
grab control until Ziehm’s late heroics.

“This was really, truly a team effort for us,” Murray said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls.”

Kelly Doedens led Cedarburg (8-3 overall) with 11 points.

Milwaukee Lutheran 40, Port 35 (OT)

The Pirates couldn’t protect a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation and were saddled with a frustrating conference loss at home Jan. 5.

Port led, 30-25, with 45 seconds to play only to have Johnikka Nash pulled the Red Knights even by hitting a two-point basket and a three-pointer to force the extra period.

Lutheran then went on a 10-5 run in the overtime.

“It was very frustrating, a game we should have won,” Murray said. “But I think our girls learned from that game that you have to keep playing to the very end.”

Ross led the Pirates with 14 points.

Nash had 15 points for Lutheran.

Port will continue conference play this Friday when it travels to Homestead (0-5) for a 7:30 p.m. game.

 
Hard-nosed performance lifts CG-B boys into first PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 17:45

Vrubley-led Rockets stun Oostburg in road win that gives them share of CLC lead

Perhaps the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team should change its moniker from Rockets to Road Warriors.

Coach Jim Meinen’s squad played the hard-nosed role to perfection last Saturday when it knocked off Oostburg, 62-54, to grab a share of first place in the Central Lakeshore Conference race.

Guard Nic Vrubley scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to fuel the Rockets, who handed the Flying Dutchmen their first loss of the season.

The victory left both teams with 6-1 league records and in a three-way tie for the CLC top spot with Sheboygan Christian.

“It was a really good win for us,” said Meinen, whose team upped its overall mark to 7-2.

“We were able to take away the things that Oostburg does well offensively and handle the defensive changes they can throw at you.”

The Dutchmen grabbed an 8-4 lead in the first quarter, but Cedar Grove-Belgium went on a 17-8 run on its way to a 24-20 lead at halftime.

Oostburg pulled within 44-41 after three periods, but Cedar Grove-Belgium used an 18-point fourth quarter to pull away down the stretch.

“Oostburg is so athletic, but we did very well matching up with them,” Meinen said. “It was a solid team effort.”

The Rockets finished with a 37-27 edge in rebounding. In addition to Vrubley’s effort, Weston Meinen, Spencer Jacque and Josh Mulloy each had six boards.

Balanced offense was another key for Cedar Grove-Belgium. Besides Vrubley’s game-high scoring total, Meinen and Jesse Anderson finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, and
Jacque and Jon Herzog had six apiece.

Meinen also had six assists.

Oostburg was led by Marcus Buehler with 19 points.

CG-Belgium 60, Ozaukee 40

Strong defense allowed the Rockets to dominate a CLC game at home Jan. 5.

Cedar Grove-Belgium held Ozaukee to 21% floor shooting and steadily pulled away. The Rockets stretched a 10-8 first-quarter lead to 24-15 by halftime and to 44-29 after three
periods.

Anderson, a senior center, scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter. He also finished with eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Mulloy had 10 points, and Meinen added eight.

No one scored in double figures for the Warriors, who were led by freshman Stephen Street with nine points.

This week, the Rockets continued CLC play against Kohler on Tuesday and will host Sheboygan Lutheran on Friday. On Jan. 19, they will travel to Kewaskum for a nonconference
contest.

Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

 
Buckling down for a victory PDF Print E-mail
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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 girls’ 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.

“It was a big win for us against a good team that has great athletes,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Josh Ketterhagen, whose team won its fifth straight game and improved to 6-2 overall.

“We did an excellent job of making Dominican working for every point they got.”

Dominican’s Deysha Smith-Jenkins scored 20 points, but only one of her teammates had more than four.

The Rockets’ were led by Kristen Slotman’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.

“Any time you can go on the road in the CLC, it’s difficult to get a win,” said Ketterhagen, whose team improved to 4-2 in league play. “I knew it would be a tough game.”

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-Belgium’s nonconference win Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

 
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