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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:25

Jackson-fueled guards provide main ingredient again in Port boys’ recipe for winning basketball

When in doubt, bank on the backcourt to seal the deal.

The approach continued to work wonders for the Port Washington boys’ basketball team Dec. 23 when it rolled past Kenosha Indian Trail, 61-51, in a nonconference game.


Fueled by senior guard Tay Jackson’s game-high 26 points, the Pirates grabbed control early and were never seriously threatened after the first quarter.


Guards Matt Kirmse and Patrick McDonald added 15 and nine points, respectively, giving Port’s starting backcourt all but 11 of their team’s offensive output.


Jackson’s total blended four three-point baskets with scoring drives, foiling Indian Trail’s plan to pressure the ball.


The Hawks, who came in with a 5-0 record, stayed close early and trailed by only 14-12 after one quarter. However, Port grabbed control with a 21-6 run in the second period and went into halftime with a 17-point lead.


“We knew they would pressure us a lot,” said Pirates coach Brian Hebein, whose team won its fourth straight game and improved to 7-2.


“But we did a really good job of handling the pressure. We ramped it up in the second quarter and got a lot of baskets in transition.”


Indian Trail scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull within 35-22, but Port regained control with a 13-8 run.


The Hawks pared their deficit with a 21-13 run in a reserve-filled fourth period.


“It was a pretty good win for us,” Hebein said.


“Tay was pretty dynamic and did all his scoring in about three quarters. He was hitting three-pointers, and when they came out on him, he just took the ball to the basket.”


Nearly as impressive, Hebein said, was his team’s defensive performance. The Pirates allowed only 30 points in the first three quarters, continuing a trend in which they have held foes to 51 or less in six of the last seven games.


Last year, Port handled Indian Trail, 60-46, at the Redwing Holiday Classic in Sheboygan.


“Defensively, we’ve been pretty good,” Hebein said. “I have to give credit to the guys for being strong fundamentally and not getting into a ragged style of play with a lot of turnovers.


“Even when we’ve used a smaller lineup, we’ve been able to give other teams trouble.”


Indian Trail, which plays in the Southeast Conference, got 13 points from guard Daryk Ruple and 10 each by Josh Washburn and Zach Dettloff.


The Pirates will resume play Tuesday, Jan. 6, with a 7:30 p.m. North Shore Conference contest at Grafton.

 
Loss to Lutheran keeps OHS girls winless in CLC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:24

The Ozaukee girls’ basketball team is continuing the search for its first Central Lakeshore Conference win of the season.

The Warriors came close in their latest attempt but were still handed a 32-27 home loss by Sheboygan Lutheran on Dec. 23.


Ozaukee, which fell to 0-6 in CLC play, missed a golden opportunity to upset one of the conference’s top teams.


The Crusaders, who improved to 3-1 in the league, struggled offensively, but Ozaukee had an even tougher time finding the basket.


Although the Warriors got a game-high 10 points from freshman Emma Richards, none of her teammates had more than six.


Lutheran got eight points from Ashley Obberrich, and Dacota Weigert and Julia Splittgerber each added seven.


After the first quarter ended in a 7-7 tie, the Crusaders warmed up enough to take a 22-18 lead into halftime.


Both teams scuffled the rest of the way, with Lutheran managing a 10-9 advantage in the second half.


The loss was the sixth straight for Ozaukee, which fell to 1-7 overall.


The Crusaders improved to 7-2 overall.

 
DeForest trip no fun for Black Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:08

First-half struggles help saddle Grafton boys with ‘vexing’ nonconference loss

Grafton boys’ basketball coach Bob Maronde didn’t mince any words assessing his team’s performance in a Dec. 23 road loss.

“Abysmal and vexing,” Maronde said of a 62-41 nonconference setback against DeForest.

“We came out with poor focus, poor effort and poor leadership. It was very disappointing.”

The result left the Black Hawks with their fourth straight loss after a 4-0 start to open the season.

DeForest, which improved to 4-1, wasted no time taking control. The Norskies bolted to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and were even more dominant in the second period on the way to a 36-9 halftime lead.

The trio of senior guard Chase Ramos (a game-high 16 points) and forwards Andrew Stouffer-Lerch (13) and Jake Capstran (10) made things tough on the Hawks.

“DeForest has a quality program, but we didn’t come ready to play,” Maronde said.

“We were coming off three straight (North Shore) conference losses, and I thought we would do well against a team like this.”

Junior forward Luke Benzschawel led Grafton with 15 points, but none of his teammates had more than seven.

 
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