Strong start propels Lady Dutch past Tigers

SARAH LILLESAND of Howards Grove attempts to drive past an Oostburg player during Friday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Terry Schaller SARAH LILLESAND of Howards Grove attempts to drive past an Oostburg player during Friday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Terry Schaller OOSTBURG – The Oostburg Lady Dutch built a 17-4 lead after one quarter to key a 52-37 girls basketball win over the Howards Grove Tigers here Friday night.

Oostburg, the defending Central Lakeshore Conference champion, hiked its CLC record to 3-0 (4-1 overall). The Tigers fell to 1-1 on league play (1-3 overall).

Senior guard Maria Huibregtse scored all seven of her points in the first quarter, including a threepointer, to spark the Lady Dutch’s attack. Senior guard Shannon Boldt contributed six points in the period on a pair of threes.

The Tigers managed only one field goal in the opening quarter. Taylor Beninghaus accounted for all of Howards’ points in the period.

Howards hung tough the rest of the game and was only outscored 35-33 over the last three quarters combined.

“I was really proud of my girls for fighting all game,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff. “We didn’t give up at all. That says a lot about us.

“Defensively, they attacked our zone well and hit big shots to take the lead in the first quarter. One of our goals was to eliminate their big first quarter as they have been outscoring their opponents 62- 18 through their first four games [combined] in the first quarter and we simply did not do that,” said Georgeff.

The Tigers shot only 29 percent from the field and were just 6 of 14 at the foul line.

Senior forward Taylor Beninghaus paced Howards in scoring with 17 points. Courtney Milz had a team-high nine rebounds. Brittany Schaller led in assists with three and shared the lead in steals with Beninghaus at two apiece.

Boldt led a balanced Oostburg offense with 15 points – 14 in the first half when she drained all four of her three-point goals. Maranda Huibregtse added 13 points.

Maranda Huibregtse had an outstanding overall game. She had a team-high four steals, seven assists and 10 boards. Jaidyn Hrnacka also grabbed 10 rebounds for Oostburg.

“I was just happy with our intensity and focus in the first quarter and that is really what carried us through the remaining three quarters,” said Oostburg head coach Lisa Immel.

“Howards did some nice things. They are a good team. We just found a way to build enough of a lead in that first quarter that they couldn’t get over the hump.”



Score by Quarters
Howards Grove.......4 13 11 9 – 37
Oostburg.................17 14 8 13 – 52

Howards Grove scoring: Brittany Schaller 4, Olivia Stauss 6, Morgan Edge 3, Lyndsay Peterson 2, Erin Valenstein 2, Courtney Milz 1, Sarah Lillesand 2, Taylor Beninghaus 17. Three-point goals: Edge 1.

Oostburg scoring: Maranda Huibregtse 13, Megan Daane 1, Jaidyn Hranicka 9, Maria Huibregtse 7, Shannon Boldt 15, Keri Hartmann 7. Threepoint goals: Maria Huibregtse 1, Boldt 4.

Field goals: Howards Grove 15- 52, 29%; Oostburg 18-47, 38%. Free throws: Howards Grove 6-14, 43%; Oostburg 11-22, 50%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 31, Oostburg 33. Turnovers: Howards Grove 15, Oostburg 11.

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