Lady Dutch deal Tigers first CLC loss

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


OLIVIA STAUSS, Howards Grove sophomore (above), drives to the basket past Oostburg’s Keri Hartmann during Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. OLIVIA STAUSS, Howards Grove sophomore (above), drives to the basket past Oostburg’s Keri Hartmann during Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. OOSTBURG – Excellent hustle and intensity fueled the Oostburg Lady Dutch’s impressive 53-39 girls basketball win over the Howards Grove Tigers here Tuesday night.

The loss dropped the Tigers (13- 6 overall) into a first-place tie in the Central Lakeshore Conference with Sheboygan Christian at 10-1. The Eagles defeated Ozaukee, 50-38, in CLC play Tuesday night. The teams meet Friday night at HGHS.

Oostburg, the defending CLC champion, upped its third-place record to 8-3 (8-10 overall).

“This was the best we’ve played all year. We played defense and put the clamps on,” said Lady Dutch head coach Lisa Immel.

“We took care of their drives to the basket and had some nice blocks. I think our defensive mentality carried us through tonight. We played tenacious defense as a team.”


BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove (below) leads a fast break with Oostburg’s Megan Daane (far left) and Talia Hranicka (22) in pursuit in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove (below) leads a fast break with Oostburg’s Megan Daane (far left) and Talia Hranicka (22) in pursuit in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley Immel thought her team hustled better than in their 49-33 loss at HGHS earlier this season.

“Over there they outhustled us to balls and rebounds. My kids outhustled them sometimes tonight. They’re a great team, so it was nice to see my girls feel that they can compete at their level,” said Immel.

“Oostburg played better, wanted it more and deserved to win,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Gerogeff.

“We shot 30 percent [actually 31] from the field and that’s not going to cut it. We missed too many easy baskets.”

The Tigers did miss several shots inside, including some in transition, but Oostburg’s man-to-man defense and 1-3-1 half-court trap gave HGHS trouble. Oostburg had an impressive nine blocked shots, led by Aimee Bichler and Keri Hartmann with four each.

After the Tigers took a 13-11 lead on Olivia Stauss’s jumper with 2:00 left in the second quarter, Oostburg answered with an 8-0 run to close out the first half and go up 19-13. Talia Hranicka converted a three-point play, followed by Ashlea Haag’s three-point goal and Hranicka’s buzzer-beater from the perimeter. Oostburg led the entire second half.

A 9-4 spurt by the Lady Dutch to start the third quarter pushed their advantage to 28-17. Bichler’s four points and Kimberly VanStelle’s trey keyed the run.

The Lady Dutch did a nice job of attacking the basket in the third period which sparked their offense as they outscored the Tigers 16-13 to build a 35-26 lead.

Oostburg led by as many as 14 in the final quarter. The Tigers’ defense forced four turnovers in the period but only converted one into points.

The Lady Dutch had an effective inside/outside attack on offense. Oostburg shot well from three-point range ay 5-for-12 (41 percent) and outscored HGHS 14-6 at the foul line.

Bichler, a sophomore forward, led a balanced Oostburg offense with 12 points. Sophomore forward Sam Yancy led HGHS with 12 points and Morgan Edge hit 10.

“My post players, Hartmann, Bichler and Hranicka, went hard to the basket and finished. Our guards did a nice job of handling their pressure and did a good job of getting the ball inside,” said Immel.

“Hartmann played a great game and attacked the basket real well. She was a force on defense and rebounded very well.”

Hartmann led Oostburg in boards with 10 and assists, four. Hranicka and Haag had a team-high two steals each.

Edge paced HGHS in assists with four. Taylor Bubolz had a team-high three steals. Yancy and Bubolz led in rebounds with five apiece.

“I am most disappointed in our team defense. We took nothing away from them,” said Georgeff.

“We gave up too many outside shots, too many interior buckets and too many offensive rebounds.”

Oostburg had 10 offensive boards.

“Individually, I liked how Edge attacked the basket in the fourth quarter. She kept fighting and tried to put us on her shoulders,” said the Tiger coach.

HOWARDS GROVE
39
OOSTBURG
53

Score by Quarters
Howards Grove........6 7 13 13 – 39
Oostburg..................9 10 16 18 – 53

Howards Grove scoring: Brittany Schaller 6, Olivia Stauss 4, Morgan Edge 12, Sam Yancy 12, Taylor Bubolz 2, Addi Gerber 3. Three-point goals: Edge 1.

Oostburg scoring: Aimee Bichler 12, Keri Hartmann 9, Kimblery VanStelle 8, Talia Hranicka 7, Karri Jo Fischer 6, Ashlea Haag 6, Megan Daane 3, Alyssa VanEss 2. Three-point goals: Hartmann 1, VanStelle 2, Haag 2.

Field goals: Howards Grove 16- 52, 31%; Oostburg 17-43, 39%. Free throws: 6-10, 60%; Oostburg 14-17, 82%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 20, Oostburg 29. Turnovers: Howards Grove 9, Oostburg 16.


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