Raiders rout Elkhart with second-half surge

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News


CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake scores a driving layup as Kiel’s Addison Dahmer (20) and Josie Binversie defend in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill CAMRIE SCHMITZ of Elkhart Lake scores a driving layup as Kiel’s Addison Dahmer (20) and Josie Binversie defend in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Kiel was missing starting center Sierra Schobert due to illness but the Raiders had more than enough to defeat an Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah squad, also depleted by injury.

The Raiders broke open a close game in the second half for a 71-40 nonconference girls basketballwin Tuesday night in Elkhart.

“Kiel just had too much depth for us and wore us down,” said veteran Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“We tried changing up our defense to throw them off but it seemed Kiel had an answer for anything we threw at them.”

The Raiders are now 6-5 overall. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah fell to 4-5 overall and was hampered by 25 turnovers in the game.

A Camrie Schmitz bucket tied the game at 8-all for the Resorters with 14:05 showing on the scoreboard in the first half before Kiel answered back with 13 unanswered points to lead 21-8. That lead dipped to single digits just once more at 31-22 at halftime. Tasha Rabe had seven of those 13 points in Kiel’s run.

Senior Katie Spindler made her first varsity career start for the Raiders and made the most of it, scoring 13 points, one behind Rabe’s game-high 14. Spindler’s 13 points were a career-best.

“We had a size advantage and we made the most of it,” said Kiel head coach Jeremy Bushman, a former Kulow assistant at EL-G.

“Tasha Rabe had another great game and Katie Spindler had her best game ever for us. Our highlow was very effective.”

Bushman was asked if the Raiders’ conference loss at Manitowoc Roncalli (51-43 on Dec. 22) made his team eager to turn things around.

“That was a disappointing loss because we could have been tied for the conference lead but I think the Christmas break was what was beneficial.”

“We were coming off a very good game, even though we lost at Oostburg [57-53 on Dec. 22],” added Kulow.

“We’ll get healthy again soon and be ready for the second half of the season.”

Emma Feldmann led the Resorters’ offense with 13 points and Schmitz added 11. EL-G shot just 25 percent from the floor (13 of 52).

Feldmann also had a teamhigh six rebounds, two blocked shots and four steals. Schmitz contributed three steals.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Kiel won the junior varsity contest by a 28-11 verdict. Savannah Walsdorf had a team-high 12 points and Megan Stermer six for Kiel.

The Resorters were led by Madeline Schneider with three points.


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