Late run keys Tigers’ win over Warriors

by Gary Feider The Sounder


ASHLEY REINEMANN of Howards Grove guards Ozaukee’s Brooke Bares during Tuesday’s basketball game. Also shown is the Tigers’ Olivia Stauss. – Photo by Terry Schaller ASHLEY REINEMANN of Howards Grove guards Ozaukee’s Brooke Bares during Tuesday’s basketball game. Also shown is the Tigers’ Olivia Stauss. – Photo by Terry Schaller FREDONIA – Fans may not have expected such a close battle on Tuesday as the Howards Grove girls basketball team came to face Ozaukee.

The Warriors stayed close until the last five minutes and the Tigers left with a 53-38 victory. HGHS improved to 7-1 in the Big East Conference (10-2 overall). HGHS and Oostburg are tied for second in the BEC, a half-game behind Sheboygan Christian which is 7-0.

Ozaukee dropped to 2-6 in the BEC (3-8 overall).

“Howards Grove is a good team,” said Ozaukee head coach Tim Wolff. “We played hard and we gave them a run but they shot and played well together.

The Warriors missed their first 12 shots from the floor, yet they fought back to a 9-9 tie with eight minutes left in the first half. The score was tied three more times, and Brooke Bares’ three-pointer at the buzzer trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 23-22 at halftime.

An Emma Richards basket and another Bares three-pointer tied the score at 27-27 at 15:17 in the second half. The Tigers answered with two Addi Gerber baskets, and Brittany Schaller stole the ball for a layup and a 34-27 lead at 10:21.

Bares drained her third threepointer and Loren Miller drove in for a basket, making the score 34-32 with nine minutes remaining.

HGHS outscored the home team by 14-3 over the next six minutes, building up a 48-36 lead with 3:15 left.

Scoring a team-high 15 points apiece for HGHS were Schaller and Gerber. Ashley Reinemann led in steals with four and Kaitlynn Near had three.

Near paced the Tigers in assists with four. Sam Yancy and Olivia Stauss led in rebounds with 10 each.

Richards led the Warriors with 12 points, including nine in the first half which paced Ozaukee.

“We started slow. Both our big kids [forwards Gerber and Yancy] battled foul trouble the first half, so that hurt us defensively against their main scorer Richards [a 6-foot-1 center]. That changed our game plan and we had to go more zone defense,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“But the second half we put the clamps down and allowed Richards only one basket. She still finished well below her average of 16 points per game.

“We rebounded well in the second half. I can’t say enough about Addi Gerber. She’s been getting better with every game and has really stepped it up for us on both sides of the ball,” said Georgeff.

“Brittany Schaller had a good offensive game and knocked down some much needed baskets at the right times.”

Schaller and Gerber sparked the Tigers’ attack in the second half with nine and eight points, respectively.


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