Tigers nip Falcons in n-c contest

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


BRITTNY THACKRAY (left) of Sheboygan Falls looks to pass the ball to a teammate, during a non-conference girls basketball contest in Sheboygan Falls Saturday, Jan. 23. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman BRITTNY THACKRAY (left) of Sheboygan Falls looks to pass the ball to a teammate, during a non-conference girls basketball contest in Sheboygan Falls Saturday, Jan. 23. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman Howards Grove used a big first half to get past the Sheboygan Falls High School girls basketball squad 55-46 in a non-conference matchup Saturday, Jan. 23.

With the victory, Howards Grove improved to 13-2 overall, while Falls dropped to 9-6 overall following the loss.

In the first half, the Tigers’ defensive pressure forced 10 Falls turnovers, which gave the Howards Grove squad a solid edge early in the contest.

“We weren’t playing together as a team,” said Falcons’ head coach Leroy Hamilton. “They improved in the second half, but we need more to be more aggressive and fight for the ball.”

Olivia Stauss and Kaitlynn Near scored four points each as Howards Grove took a 12-8 lead.

Falls senior Erika Van Engen had six points to keep the Falcons close in the early going.

The Tigers pulled away on a 10-4 run with Samantha Yancy and Near scoring four points apiece to lift Howards Grove to a 22-12 lead.

Falls sophomore Alyssa Sommerfeld scored twice and senior Abbey Quasius made a jump shot to make it 22-14 in favor of Howards. Yancy added another field goal and Addisyn Gerber scored to give Howards Grove a 26-16 lead at halftime.

Falls cut the lead to 28-26 early in the second half with two baskets from senior Brittny Thackray, one of which came on a three-point play. Van Engen also had four points for the Falcons.

Later in the period, Sommerfeld

Score by Halves Chilton…………....…...15 24-39 Sheboygan Falls..........18 26-44

Chilton scorers: Courtney Beil 3, Lauren Mortimer 14, Amy Schmitz 1, Emily Karls 10, Jenna Moehn 9, Dominique Buechel 2.

Sheboygan Falls scorers: Erika Van Engen 12, Abbey Quasius 4, Alyssa Sommerfeld 15, Mia Bartel 6, Brittny Thackray 1, Shania Mayer 6.

Three-point goals: Chilton 1, Beil.

Statistics: Chilton, field goals 14, free throws 10-17 (59 percent). Sheboygan Falls, field goals 19-47 (40 percent), free throws 6-12 (50 percent), rebounds 31, turnovers 15. and Van Engen of Falls combined to cut the lead to 33-30.

Allison Antonie scored a big bucket to pull Falls within one point (34-33).

Several minutes later, Falls’ Thackray hit a jumper to cut the lead to 38-35.

Van Engen and senior Mia Bartel of Falls each made 3-pointers to make the score 45-42 with 3:24 left in the second half. Sommerfeld and Van Engen again combined to cut the lead to 51-46.

Van Engen led Falls in scoring with 20 points. Sommerfeld added nine points and had seven boards and Thackray finished with seven points for the Falcons.

Howards Grove sealed the win by making eight free throws in the final two minutes.

Falls edged the Chilton 44-39 to improve to 6-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Tuesday, Jan. 19.

After trailing 6-2 early, the Falcons outscored Chilton 16-7 to take an 18-13 lead. Bartel made two baskets and Sommerfeld converted on an assist from Van Engen to take a brief 8-6 lead.

The Tigers retook the 12-8 lead momentarily with two buckets from Emily Karls and two free throws from Lauren Mortimer.

Van Engen scored twice and senior Shania Mayer hit a short jumper, while Sommerfeld added two field goals during a 10-2 run to allow the Falcons to finish the half with an 18-15 lead.

Chilton tied the game on a threepoint play from Jenna Moehn to start the second half. The Falcons used a 9-2 run to pull away to a 27- 20 lead, while Sommerfeld scored six points for the Falls squad.

The Tigers rallied back with a 10-4 run to cut the Falls lead to 31-30 with 7:51 left in the game. Mortimer had six points to lead the way for Chilton. Falls and Chilton were tied at 34-34 with 5:18 remaining when Mayer scored for the Falcons and Karls put in two more baskets.

Van Engen converted two layups as the Falcons took a brief 38- 35 lead. Mayer then took an assist from Van Engen and made it 40- 37 with 2:48 left in the half. Falls closed out the game, hitting 4-of-7 free throws in the final minutes.

Van Engen finished with 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Falcons. Sommerfeld scored a career-high 15 points. Mortimer scored 14 points to lead Chilton in scoring.


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