Lady Dutch tame pesky Tigers

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

TAYLOR BENINGHAUS (top) and Natalie Schnell of Howards Grove try to steal the ball from an Oostburg player in Friday night’s CLC basketball game. The Tigers’ Nicole Mugan looks on. — Photo by Terry Schaller TAYLOR BENINGHAUS (top) and Natalie Schnell of Howards Grove try to steal the ball from an Oostburg player in Friday night’s CLC basketball game. The Tigers’ Nicole Mugan looks on. — Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – Upset minded Howards Grove hung tough with Oostburg until a late surge by the Lady Dutch gave them a hard-earned 43-35 girls basketball win here Friday night.

Oostburg raised its Central Lakeshore Conference-leading record to 9-0 (11-3 overall). The Tigers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 5-4 in the CLC (6-7 overall).

The Lady Dutch, led by senior point guard Maranda Huibregtse’s eight points, outscored the Tigers 16-7 in the fourth quarter after trailing 28-27 through three periods. Huibregtse was 6-for-8 at the free-throw line in the final quarter. Shannon Boldt contributed four points for Oostburg in the period on free throws.

Huibregtse scored a game-high 17 points and was 11-for-14 at the foul line. She also led her team in steals with an impressive eight and rebounds, nine.

Senior forward Taylor Beninghaus paced the Tigers in scoring with 13 and was the top rebounder with 10. Beninghaus scored 10 points in the first half to spark the Tigers to a 20-18 halftime lead.

Brittany Schaller contributed seven caroms for Howards. Schaller and Morgan Edge led in assists with two each.

“We played very well, especially defensively for three quarters of the game,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“I am proud of my girls for executing the game plan against Huibregtse. Our help-side was consistently available on her drives.”

Huibregtse, Oostburg’s leading scorer this season, was held to only five points in the first half, including one field goal.

“We made some critical mistakes in the fourth quarter – made some bad decisions and missed some scoring opportunities,” said Georgeff.

“Both my point guards [Schaller and Edge] fouled out so we finished the game without them and that didn’t help against a fullcourt press.”

Both teams struggled from the field, with Oostburg hitting only 24 percent and Howards just 29 percent.

The Tigers committed 10 more turnovers than Oostburg and was outscored 20-11 at the charity stripe.


The Tigers cruised to a 44-27 JV win to up their CLC record to 9-0 (12-1 overall). Sam Yancy keyed the Howards attack with 16 points and Kaitlyn Near added 15. Yancy led in rebounds with six and Near had a team-high four assists.

In their previous two games, the Tigers routed Ozaukee, 43-18, on Jan. 25 and breezed to a 49-10 win over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Jan. 23.

In the Ozaukee game, Yancy led Howards in scoring with 13, rebounds with eight and blocked shots, two. Emily Schmid sparked the Tiger defense with six steals.

Yancey had a team-high 13 points and six boards versus Elkhart.



Score by Quarters

HowardsGrove..........1198 735

Oostburg scoring: Maranda Huibregtse 17, Erin Bartenstein 5, Kimberly VanStelle 5, Shannon Boldt 4, Keri Hartmann 7, Katie Bonnett 5. Three-point goals: Bartenstein 1, VanStelle 1, Bonnett 1.

Howards Grove scoring: Nicole Mugan 2, Olivia Stauss 7, Natalie Schnell 6, Erin Valenstein 4, Courtney Milz 3, Taylor Beninghaus 13.

Field goals: Oostburg 10-41, 24%; Howards Grove 12-42, 29%. Free throws: Oostburg 20-26, 77%; Howards Grove 11-19, 58%.

Rebounds: Oostburg 23, Howards Grove 27 Turnovers: Oostburg 14, Howards Grove 24.

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