Blend of tough defense, timely scoring lifts Grafton past Wisconsin Lutheran as undefeated roll continues
The traditional recipe for winning basketball games is rather simple.
Blend a heavy dose of defense with a measure of timely scoring and dashes of steady ball handling, crisp passing and unselfish team play.
Continue to mix ingredients in each half until the final horn sounds.
The formula worked wonders again last week for the Grafton girls’ team, which whipped up its ninth win in as many tries: a 58-36 home win over Wisconsin Lutheran on Dec. 23.
“We struggled in the first half, but we made a few simple adjustments that got us going,” Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt said.
“We defended much better in the second half, got to the free-throw line a lot and made enough shots to pull away.”
Although the host Black Hawks had only three more field goals than Lutheran, they feasted at the foul line. A 20-for-27 effort (74%) there compared to the Vikings’ 8-for-14 (57%) helped turn the nonconference game into a rout.
Grafton was led by the one-two punch of guards Hannah Belanger (21 points) and Katie Hunt (19), who combined to outscore Lutheran.
Belanger, a freshman, went 11-for-12 on free throws, and Hunt, a senior, had a trio of three-point baskets.