With 62-20 victory over Greendale, Grafton girls meet goal for end of December
While running off 10 straight victories to start this season, the Grafton girls’ basketball team has found a variety of ways to win.
On several occasions, clutch baskets and free throws in the closing minutes have helped the Black Hawks prevail.
But there was no need for high drama when coach Steve Reinhardt’s squad steamrolled Greendale, 62-20, in nonconference play Dec. 30.
Unleashing a quick-strike offense that balanced layups with perimeter baskets, Grafton bolted to a 38-5 lead by halftime. A pair of 16-0 runs highlighted the eye-opening start.
Guard Hannah Belanger provided most of the outside marksmanship, hitting a trio of three-point baskets in the opening half.
The mismatch continued in a reserve-filled second half, when the Hawks led by as many as 44 points.
“We played exceptionally well,” Reinhardt said.
“This was a big game for us because we wanted to get to 10-0 by the end of December. We got to 7-0 before starting a stretch of nonconference games, and we wanted to keep going.
“It gives us something to build on.”
Belanger, a freshman, continued her impressive backcourt leadership by scoring a game-high 21 points, including all five of the Hawks’ three-pointers.
Grafton also got solid performances from forward Madison Tomashek (11 points) and guard Chloe Doring (10), whose hustle at both ends of the court helped turn the game into a rout.
Tomashek, a 5-foot-11 junior, helped anchor the Hawks’ front line, which limited Greendale to one shot on most possessions. Annie Pulizos, the Panthers’ 6-1 center, started the night averaging 12 points per game but managed only four before fouling out.