Grafton is done with WB West

Baker cooks up host of turnovers in season sweep
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

North Shore Conference basketball teams play each other twice during the regular season, and that’s more than enough for Grafton High School girls’ coach Matt D’Amato and Black Hawks when it comes playing West Bend West this year.

Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, West’s Maddie Baker dominated both games against the Hawks, most recently scoring 28 points in a 64-42 victory Friday at Grafton.

“If we’re done with her in her career, that’s fine with me,” D’Amato said.

The Hawks don’t have anyone six feet tall, and Baker took full advantage.

Baker plays near the top of the key in West’s defense and turns routine passes into challenges that often get deflected. The Spartans ended up scoring 32 points off of turnovers, and the Hawks scored six.

The Hawks didn’t attempt one free throw in the game.

“That’s a telltale sign we weren’t getting the ball inside as much as we would like to,” D’Amato said.

When the Hawks got the ball inside, Baker and other Spartans packed the lane and forced “silly mistakes,” he said.

Hawk Lexi Hilgart scored 14 points, going 4-for-9 on three-pointers. Julia Place scored nine in going 3-for-4 behind the arc.

The rest of the Hawks, D’Amato said, didn’t play their best.

The Spartans had a 35-22 lead at halftime.  D’Amato said his team never made a run to get back into the game.

Besides Baker, 6-feet-tall Spartan Aaliyah Moore scored 16 points.

West scored 20 points in transition on 16 Hawk turnovers, which was an improvement over 27 turnovers in the first meeting, a 60-50 loss on Nov. 26.

In that game, Baker broke her school’s all-time scoring record for girls and boys. She scored 30 points in the game.

“At this point, I’d rather go against Beaver Dam (winners of three straight Division 2 state titles) than face Maddie Baker,” D’Amato said.

The Hawks, 4-6 in the NSC and 5-7 overall, play at Cedarburg (4-6 NSC) at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader. They play at nonconference opponent Random Lake (6-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Port still looking to double win totals

Port Washington lost at Hartford on Friday, 76-40, and to Lake Country Lutheran, 64-21, on Saturday. Kayla Johnson scored 16 points against Hartford.

Port plays at West Bend East on Friday.

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