Yancy, Schaller lead Tigers past Elkhart

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

BRITTANY SCHALLER (4) and Sam Yancy of Howards Grove and Rachael Flora of Elkhart Lake fight for the ball in Friday’s CLC basketball game. Yancy eventually got possession. – Photo by Mike McGill BRITTANY SCHALLER (4) and Sam Yancy of Howards Grove and Rachael Flora of Elkhart Lake fight for the ball in Friday’s CLC basketball game. Yancy eventually got possession. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Sam Yancy and Brittany Schaller combined for 38 points to propel the Howards Grove Tigers past the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Resorters, 55-39, in girls basketball action here Friday night.

The Tigers hiked their first-place Central Lakeshore Conference record to 9-0 (12-4 overall). The Resorters dropped to 3-6 in the CLC (5-9 overall).

Yancy, a sophomore forward, scored a game-high 22 points, followed by Schaller, a sophomore guard, with 16. Yancy shot an outstanding 60 percent (6 of 10) from the field and was 10-for-14 at the foul line.

Yancy, 5-feet-10, was unstoppable inside in the first half as she exploded for 17 points in powering the Tigers to a 33-13 halftime lead. HGHS jumped out to a 19-7 advantage after one quarter, sparked by Yancy’s 10 points. HGHS passed the ball well against Elkhart’s zone and did a nice job of feeding the ball to Yancy in the opening half.

The Tigers used an 11-2 run to close out the first period, keyed by Yancy’s six points. Morgan Edge contributed a three-pointer and Schaller capped off the stretch with a fast-break layup off a steal by Edge.

In addition to Yancy’s strong low-post attack, the Tigers benefited from a stifling man-to-man defense in the first half which forced numerous turnovers and allowed few open shots.

“We’re a typically slow-starting team, so the big first quarter for us was huge,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff whose team was missing four varsity players for various reasons.

“Sam is amazing. When Sam has a big game offensively, we’re going to be hard to beat. The guards did a really good job getting her the ball.

“We did a good job against their zone and found the openings. Our defense was pretty solid and consistent in the first half. We did an excellent job with our defensive rebounding in the first half,” said Georgeff.

To the Resorters’ credit, they never gave up and played with much intensity in the second half. They played good pressure defense which led to several steals and they attacked the basket strong, resulting in several points.

“Howards Grove’s defense is very solid. They play physical on defense and that caused us problems,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“Yancy is solid. In the first half she had her way with us.

“There’s no quit in our kids. In the second half we were much more aggressive. We came out flat [in the first half] and they came out with intensity,” said Kulow.

Yancy led HGHS in rebounds with seven. Schaller dished out a team-high five assists, followed by Edge and Yancy with three each. Edge was high in steals at three.

“I’m always pleased with Brittany because she’s always giving 100 percent. She is becoming more and more a leader for us,” said Georgeff.

Georgeff thought sophomore Kaitlin Guse, who was called up from the junior varsity for this game, did a good job and gave the team another ball-handler.

Mariah Ausloos, a senior forward, hit a team-best 15 points for Elkhart and Sonia Scubert tallied 12. Schubert led in steals with six.

Ausloos and Rachael Flora paced EL-G in boards with six apiece. Ausloos also had a team-high three blocked shots.

The Tigers’ defense held Elkhart to only 37-percent shooting from the field. HGHS outscored the Resorters 16-9 at the foul line.


The Tigers pulled out a 26-25 JV win. Paige Splittgerber’s threepointer with about a minute left gave HGHS a 26-25 lead.

Ashley Reinemann paced HGHS in scoring with 12 points and Splittgerber had eight.

Raechel Grunewald led Elkhart scorers with 11 and Maddie Schneider netted five.


Score by Quarters
Howards Grove......19 14 13 9 – 55
Elkhart Lake.............7 6 16 10 – 39

Howards Grove scoring: Brittany Schaller 16, Morgan Edge 7, Sam Yancy 22, Kaitlynn Near 6, Addi Gerber 4. Three-point goals: Schaller 1, Edge 2.

Elkhart Lake scoring: Mandy McLaughlin 2, Camrie Schmitz 1, Mariah Ausloos 15, Sonia Schubert 12, Emma Feldmann 3, Rachael Flora 6. Three-point goals: Ausloos 1, Feldmann 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 18-39, 46%; Elkhart Lake 14-38, 37%. Free throws: Howards Grove 16-23, 70%; Elkhart Lake 9-16, 56%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 24, Elkhart Lake 18. Turnovers: Howards Grove 16, Elkhart Lake 17.

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