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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:58

Port’s spirited postseason run thwarted by twin towers of West De Pere in Div. 2 sectional championship game

After riding a wave of clutch baskets and gritty defensive stops to three postseason wins, the Port Washington Pirates saw their basketball magic end last Saturday afternoon.

A talented West De Pere team became the showstopper, muscling its way to a 59-40 victory in a WIAA Division 2 boys’ sectional title game at Manitowoc Lincoln High School.


“We ran into a very good team that took away some of the things we’ve been doing well,” said Port coach Brian Hebein, whose squad fell victim to a cold-shooting third quarter.


“Things just didn’t go our way in the second half.”


Although Port came out strong and raced to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter, the Phantoms countered with a 7-0 run and surged to a three-point lead by intermission.


By that time, the one-two punch of guard Chandler Diekvoss and forward Cody Schwartz had scored 23 of West De Pere’s 25 points.


The pattern continued when the Phantoms took control in the third period.


Diekvoss and Schwartz combined for eight points during a 10-0 run that put West De Pere up, 35-22. Port’s only points in the quarter came on Patrick McDonald’s basket in the closing seconds.


The Phantoms stepped up their defense, with the 6-foot-8 Schwartz anchoring the interior and their guards shadowing Matthew Kirmse, who scored 14 of the Pirates’ first-half points.


However, Port forward Sam Weiland had another explanation.


“We just didn’t run our offense,” he said. “When we couldn’t score, they hit a few shots and got up on us.”

Although Schwartz finished with a game-high 20 points, it was Diekvoss who sparked the Phantoms at the most critical times. The 6-6 senior guard’s 18 points included a trio of three-point baskets, the last of which started his team’s third-period surge.


Trailing, 35-24, Port stepped up its defensive pressure in the fourth quarter. Tay Jackson made two free throws to keep the Pirates within 41-28 early in the period, but West De Pere broke the press for several easy baskets.


Guard Connor Konshak sneaked behind the defense for four breakaway dunks in the final five minutes as the Phantoms’ lead grew to 20 points.

 
Feisty Hawks bow after giving Bulldogs a battle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:52

Grafton girls put scare in Cedarburg before coming up short in regional title contest

After losing to longtime rival Cedarburg twice during the regular season, the Grafton girls’ basketball team was eager to return the favor last Saturday.

With an inspired second-half rally in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game, the Black Hawks almost turned the trick.

Almost.

Wiping out a nine-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Grafton had the host Bulldogs sweating before they regrouped to pull out a 49-42 win.

After trailing by nine points at halftime, the Hawks used a 20-12 run in the third period to pull within 34-33.

Katie Silasiri’s three-point basket to open the fourth quarter gave Grafton its first lead at 36-34, but Cedarburg had an answer.

The Bulldogs responded with an 8-1 run and never trailed again. Five of the points came from center Allie Barber, who finished with a game-high 15.

“We always have tough games against Grafton. We expect that to happen,” said Cedarburg coach Dave Ross, whose 19-5 team earned a trip to this week’s sectional round.

“Frankly, Grafton took some things away from us. We had to work hard to get this win.”

 
Sharpshooting Rockets cruise past Ozaukee girls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:50

Fresh off an upset win over Oostburg in their regular-season finale, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team had no trouble staying on a roll in its WIAA tournament opener last week.

Combining solid defense with steady scoring, the host Rockets bolted past Ozaukee, 45-29, in a Division 4 regional quarterfinal game March 4.

After building a 9-3 lead in the first quarter, the Rockets used a 28-13 run in the next two periods to take control.

“We played very good defense and hit our shots,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jason Jones said.

“We hit three threes in a row in the second quarter, and that got us going.”

For the game, the Rockets made seven of 16 three-point shots (44%), with Ashli von Heimburg and A.J. Caldwell each hitting a trio of threes.

Ozaukee’s cold shooting included an 0-for-18 effort from behind the arc.

The Warriors trailed, 37-16, before trimming the deficit in the fourth quarter.

Von Heimburg finished with a game-high 15 points, and Caldwell had nine.

 
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