Ozaukee girls dig too big of a hole vs. Hilbert

But Warriors crash boards to win first game in January
Ozaukee Press correspondent

Hilbert went on an offensive run to open up the Big East South Division girls’ basketball game at Ozaukee last Friday, and the Warriors couldn’t recover.

The Wolves scored the first 15 points of the game before the Warriors got their first basket at the 14 minute, 51-second mark.

The deficit was too big for Ozaukee, and Hilbert went on to a 70-53 win.

Several of Hilbert’s points came because the Wolves’ press was too much for Ozaukee to handle. Turnovers led to layups.

 “We struggled at the start of this game handling their press, but figured it out and played better the rest of the game,” Ozaukee coach Linda Weyker said.

“Our girls pushed themselves and played hard the entire game, which is what we ask them to do each time they step on the court. Natalie Miller had a good night with 10 points.   

“We also had girls come off the bench and put in some good play on the court ­— Evy Geis, Mary Shininger and Ellie Rodgers.”

Despite the big early deficit, the Warriors continued to battle.  

With less than six minutes to play before halftime, the Warriors trailed, 34-17.  

Ozaukee scored two consecutive three-point baskets and a free throw to trim the deficit to 10 with just more than three minutes left.  

At the break, the Wolves led, 37-28.

Ozaukee opened the second half with a three-pointer to trim the deficit to six points.

Hilbert responded by growing the lead back to 43-33.

The Warriors again trimmed the difference to six points when Caitlyn Weyker scored at at the 12:32 mark, and the Wolves led, 47-41.

That was that last time Ozaukee would be that close as Hilbert slowly pulled away.  

The Warriors were led by Sophie Uhlenberg with 11 points. Gabby Klas scored eight points, and Mary Shininger added seven.

Weyker led Ozaukee in rebounds with eight, and had four assists and four blocked shots.

Leading the Wolves were Meghan Propson with 26 points. Laney Halbach had 17, and Emmery Wiese had 10.

When the Warriors hosted Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Jan. 11, they put on a rebounding clinic. Ozaukee yanked down 34 rebounds in the first half alone and finished with a whopping 56 rebounds in its first game after the Christmas break.

“We played one of our best games defensively, especially in the area of rebounding, which has been a focus in practice — limiting second and third opportunities for teams,” coach Weyker said.

The rebounding flurry helped the host team to a 67-62 conference victory.  

Four Warriors finished with at least eight rebounds and two of them recorded double-double efforts.  

“Sophie Uhlenberg had a great game with 20 points and 12 rebounds,” Weyker said. “Caitlyn Weyker and Gabby Klas also had good nights with 17 and 15 points.”  

Weyker added 10 rebounds and seven assists. Klas had eight rebounds. Natalie Miller had 15 rebounds and eight points.

The Warriors, 3-3 in the Big East and 6-9 overall, host rival Cedar Grove-Belgium (3-4 Big East) on Thursday. The Warriors won a 76-72 overtime thriller in the team’s first meeting on Dec. 17.

On Monday, the Warriors will play at Sheboygan Falls (3-11) in a nonconference matchup. On Tuesday, Ozaukee travels to Manitowoc Lutheran. (10-5).



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