Second half effort sends CG-Belgium to rival sweep

Rocket Alexis Bahr, Warriors Caitlin Weyker and Evelynn Geis put on a show with torrid first-half pace

OZAUKEE’S NATALIE MILLER (front) battled Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Sophie Beightol for a rebound in Cedar Grove last Thursday. The Rockets won, 81-64. Photo by Mitch Maersch

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Bleachers could have used seat belts during last Thursday’s first half between the Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium high schools girls’ basketball teams.

The visiting Warriors held a 46-40 lead after the game’s opening 18-minute stretch that saw about as many fast break baskets as missed shots, but it was the Rockets’ defense that led them to an 81-64 victory.

Both teams started hot, but Cedar Grove-Belgium senior forward Alexis Bahr was a fully involved fire.

In the game’s first nine minutes, she scored 15 points — her season average is 12.5 — mostly at point-blank range in the paint.

“Once you get in the rhythm, you just keep going. They kept going in so you’ve got to keep going,” she said.

Bahr’s play helped the Rockets to a 26-18 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the half.

Ozaukee was riding guard Caitlin Weyker and forward Evelynn Geis, who not only kept the Warriors in the game but led them to a six-point halftime edge.

Ozaukee’s 46 first half points were four fewer than its average per game this season.

“Yeah, that was pretty crazy. We let up 46 points. That was not the plan,” Rocket forward Tara Schmitz said.

“In the locker room, we just talked about how we were running ourselves crazy for no reason. We needed to work and then get the stops on defense.”

The Rockets did that, holding the Warriors to 16 points in the second half while scoring 35. They started the half on an 18-3 run.

Weyker picked up her third foul with just less than 16 minutes to play. By the time she came back into the game four minutes later, the Rockets had gone on a 9-0 run to take a 58-49 lead.

Forward Olivia Bahr helped put the clamps on Weyker in the second half, and the Rockets started to spread the scoring wealth among more players.

“That was some second half,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Mike “Bik” Bikman said. “We turned our defense up, got the ball inside and we made some outside and inside shots.”

It was a well played game at Cedar Grove,” Ozaukee coach Linda Weyker said. “We had an awesome first half both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. We struggled in the second half to get our shots to fall.”

Alexis Bahr ended with a game-high 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting and 3-for-4 on free throws. She also had seven rebounds and three assists.

Guard Sophie Beightol had 17 points, going 5-for-6 on free throws, eight rebounds and two steals. Guard Katelyn Morris had 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting and three steals.

Olivia Bahr had seven points, eight rebounds and four assists. Schmitz had seven points and six rebounds.

“We heard them cheering in the locker room and we decided that we were going to go out there and just try our best and make good shots and continue pushing it up,” Morris said.

“We knew that we had to stop them from making shots in the post, which we did a much better job of,” Alexis Bahr said.

“We kept a good pace,” Beightol said. “I think our defense really helped us stay with them. We just kept pushing them hard and getting good steals.”

Geis led Ozaukee with 15 points and nine rebounds. Weyker had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists before fouling out late in the game.

Point guard Natalie Miller had 10 points and four rebounds. Meredith Clark had five rebounds, four assists and two points.

“Evelynn Geis had a good night. Caitlyn Weyker continues to play well,” coach Weyker said.

“I give a lot of credit to Ozaukee,” Bik said. “They were physical, they hustled. We stayed with them back and forth.”

The victory completes the Rockets’ regular season sweep of the Warriors. The Rockets won, 78-49, in Fredonia on Dec. 16.

That flips the script from last season, when Ozaukee won, 76-71, in overtime in Cedar Grove and 46-44 at home when the Rockets missed a desperate three-point attempt at the buzzer.

“That was nice. Last year was still in the back of our minds,” Schmitz said.

The win also put the brakes on a two-game losing streak for the Rockets and moved them to 6-5 in the Big East Conference and 9-7 overall. Ozaukee dropped to 2-9 in the Big East and 2-13 overall.

The Rockets were to host St. Mary Catholic (14-1) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, play at Oostburg (11-0 BE) on Friday, Jan. 27, and at Mishicot (10-5) on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Ozaukee was to host Manitowoc Lutheran (10-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, play at Sheboygan Lutheran (11-1 BE) on Friday and at Howards Grove (8-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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