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Free-throw woes aside, Pirates secure 1st win PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:11

Port girls rebound from season-opening loss for victory despite shaky shooting effort

There’s no question that the Port Washington girls’ basketball team took care of the most important business by defeating Milwaukee Messmer, 51-31, last Friday.

Not only did the Pirates rebound from a season-opening loss earlier in the week, but they did so with a take-charge approach that caught the eye of coach Brian Johnson.

“I liked our aggressiveness,” Johnson said.

“In the past, other teams have been the aggressor against us, and we haven’t responded real well, but this time we did.”

Although the Pirates managed only a 10-6 lead after one quarter, they used a 17-point second period to built a 27-16 advantage by halftime and were never seriously threatened again.

Sophomore forward Amanda Baierl led Port with a game-high 20 points. Hanna Strohm and Meghan Vande Boom added nine and seven points, respectively.

“Amanda continues to get better every day,” Johnson said. “She definitely learned her lessons last year and has come back even stronger.”

Are Port boys ready to make some noise? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:04

Backcourt strength puts Pirates in good position to crack .500 in conference for 1st time since 2009-10

Is the time right for the Port Washington boys’ basketball team to have a breakthrough season?

Although such forecasts are always loaded with ifs, there’s little doubt the Pirates are poised to join the upper ranks of the North Shore Conference.

Loaded with backcourt talent, coach Brian Hebein’s squad has a serious shot at its first winning record in NSC play since 2009-10.

“Our guards are definitely going to be the strength of our team,” said Hebein, whose squad was 14-10 overall and 7-7 in the conference last season.

“We are a perimeter-oriented team without a true post presence, but we will still need strong play from our front line.”

Port’s backcourt rotation includes three seniors who combined for nearly 40 points per game last season.

Al’Tavius Jackson leads the trio, having averaged a team-best 13.6 points on his way to honorable mention in All-NSC voting. A 6-foot-2 ball handler with quickness and explosive jumping ability, he has caught the eye of college scouts.

Foul-filled quarter upends CG-B girls in league opener PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:59

A flurry of fourth-quarter fouls took a toll on the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’  basketball team in its Central Lakeshore Conference opener last Friday.

Although the host Rockets rallied to take a one-point lead in the final period, defensive breakdowns helped Howards Grove cash in at the free-throw line and secure a 43-32 victory.

The Tigers made 14 of 23 foul shots in the fourth quarter and finished the game 20 for 33. By contrast, Cedar Grove-Belgium was 5-for-12 for the night.

“We knew Howards Grove would be tough, but we didn’t adjust very well to the officiating,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jason Jones said.

“Howards Grove got more aggressive and drew a lot of fouls. They made all those free throws, and that killed us.”

The Rockets came out focused, held a 9-5 lead after one quarter and maintained an 18-15 edge at halftime. However, they were outscored, 8-2, in the third quarter, managing only a field goal by A.J. Caldwell.

Cedar Grove-Belgium rallied to wipe out a 23-20 deficit early in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers responded with their parade to the foul stripe.

Autumn Beutel led the Rockets with nine points, and Brooke Keller added seven.

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