Ozaukee nearly wins another thriller

This time, the rival Random Lake girls pull out victory in overtime

Sophie Uhlenberg had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Photo by Mitch Maersch
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

For the second time in as many games, the Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team got to play extra minutes against a rival on Dec. 21.

After prevailing at Cedar Grove-Belgium, 76-72, on Dec. 17, the Warriors fell to Random Lake at home, 67-63.

The Rams climbed to 4-1 in the Big East Conference while Ozaukee evened its record at 3-3.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Ozaukee coach Linda Weyker said. “The girls put in a lot of time and effort during practices over the last week, and it showed on the court.”

The Warriors got off to a strong start and led by eight at the break, 29-21.

Random Lake fought back to tie the game at 60 the end of regulation.

The Warriors led by seven points at the 2:44 mark, 57-50, but the Rams went on a 10-0 run to take a three-point lead with 25 seconds to play.

Ozaukee got a clutch three-point basket from point guard Natalie Miller to tie the game with 11 ticks left.

The Rams were unable to answer, forcing overtime.

Random Lake scored the first four points in the overtime period before Miller drained another three.

Miller’s basket was Ozaukee’s only score in overtime, and the Rams sank three more free throws to ice the victory.

“Random Lake was able to come through in the end with some key shots. Our girls just never gave up,” Weyker said.

The Warriors’ scoring was led by Nicole Liermann, who had 13 points and seven rebounds. She shot 5-for-10 from the field.

“Nicole Liermann had a great game off the bench for us tonight. She had some strong rebounds with put backs for scores,” Weyker said.

Sophie Uhlenberg scored 12 points and had six rebounds and four assists. Caitlyn Weyker scored 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting.

Gabby Klas added 11 points, and Natalie Miller had nine. Mary Shininger had eight rebounds and two points.

“We had four girls in double figures tonight, Gabby, Sophie, Nicole, and Caitlyn. It is not just about one person but a team effort,” Weyker said.

The Rams had two players record double-doubles, led by Halle Van Horn with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Becca Arendt scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds.

Abby Borchardt had 14 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists. Courtney Rathke tallied eight points.

The Warriors, 5-7, overall, host Sheboygan Christian (0-7) on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and play at Sheboygan Falls (1-9) in a nonconference game on Friday, Jan. 7.

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