Falcons roll past Tigers in season opener


BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove tries to drive past Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove tries to drive past Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons outscored the Howards Grove Tigers 37-19 in the second half to key a 67-41 rout in girls basketball play here Tuesday night.

The nonconference game was the season opener for both teams.

Sophomore Erika led a balanced Falcon attack with a career-high 16 points. Senior Karlie Beeck and sophomore Becky Raeder chipped in with 15 and 13, respectively, which are both career-bests.

The Falcons, who led 30-21 at halftime, broke the game with a 20-5 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, fueled by Raeder with six points and Beeck, five. Beeck exploded for 11 points in the second half, including three three-point goals, to spark Falls.

Howards took a 15-13 lead when Courtney Milz buried a perimeter shot with 5:30 left in the second period.

Falls answered with a 7-0 run, led by Van Engen’s three-pointer, to go up 20-15 with 3:50 left until halftime and the Falcons led the rest of the way. The Falcons ended the opening half with a 7-2 spurt, keyed by Van Engen’s trey, to take a nine-point lead.

“We played a good first half but we had a disappointing finish. We fell apart, defensively, in the fourth quarter,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“Falls hit big shots when they needed to and we didn’t make good decisions on offense [in the fourth quarter]. We lacked control in shot selection and ball movement. We didn’t attack the basket like they did.”

Milz, a senior guard-forward, paced the Tigers in scoring with 13 points. Taylor Beninghaus had a team-high three steals.

Brittany Schaller and Milz led Howards in assists with five each. Beninghaus and Erin Valenstein grabbed a team-high six rebound apiece.

Schwobe led Falls in rebounding with nine.

“We got hot and made shots. This was a good start to the season,” said Falcon head coach Leroy Hamilton. “Howards Grove is always a tough opponent.

“We have work to do and have to pay attention to detail.

“The whole team played well. Becky Raeder [point guard] is our spark plug. She pushes the ball when we need her to,” Hamilton said.

“We were without our point guard [Morgan Edge with a concussion], so I expected us to have some difficulty on the offensive end,” said Georgeff. “Those things I can live with but the defensive breakdowns are unacceptable and will not allow us to compete with good teams.”

The Falcons shot 44 percent from the field while the Tigers hit only 29 percent.

HOWARDS GROVE 41

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 67

Score by Quarters
Howards Grove.....10 11 14 6 – 41
Sheboygan Falls...13 17 17 20 – 67
Howards Grove scoring: Zyta Mueller 2, Brittany Schaller 4, Olivia Stauss
4, Natalie Schnell 6, Erin Valenstein 3,
Courtney Milz 13, Taylor Beninghaus 7,
Haley Rautmann 2.
Sheboygan Falls scoring: Erika Van
Engen 16, Nicole Preder 2, Megan Kapellen 4, Karlie Beeck 15, Katie DePagter 3, Erin Beeck 4, Brittny Thackray
2, Kim Schwobe 8, Becky Raeder 13.
Three-point goals: Milz 1, Van Engen 3, K. Beeck 3, DePagter 3.
Field goals: Howards Grove 17-59.
29%; Sheboygan Falls 25-53, 44%.
Free throws: Howards Grove 6-10,
60%; Sheboygan Falls 14-21, 67%.
Rebounds: Howards Grove 29.
Turnovers: Howards Grove 24.
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