Cold shooting costs Resorters in regional loss

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


EMMA FELDMANN of Elkhart Lake attempts a shot inside against Oakfield’s Olivia Holz (23) and Alexia Flury in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. – Photo by Mike McGill EMMA FELDMANN of Elkhart Lake attempts a shot inside against Oakfield’s Olivia Holz (23) and Alexia Flury in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters were unable to overcome poor shooting as they fell to Oakfield, 50- 45, in the first round of Division 5 girls regional basketball action here Tuesday night.

Elkhart hit only 36 percent (19 of 53) from the field and 6 of 15 (40 percent) at the foul line. The Resorters missed several shots inside and didn’t capitalize enough on turnovers which their defense forced. The Resorters were a frigid 8-for- 25 from the field in the second half.

Oakfield shot an excellent 57 percent (20 of 35) from the field and was 9 of 12 at the charity stripe.

Despite their shooting woes, the Resorters had a chance to pull out a win. After Olivia Holz made two free throws to give the Oaks a 48-45 lead with 27 seconds left, Elkhart called a timeout.

The Resorters set up a play for a three-point shot. Emma Feldmann got open on the left wing but missed her three-point shot and Oakfield’s Brianna Sabel was fouled with 7.8 seconds left after grabbing the rebound.

Sabel sank both free throws in the double-bonus which gave her team a 50-45 lead and sealed the win.

The No. 9-seeded Oaks improved to 10-12 and advance to the semifinals Friday at No. 1-seeded Sheboygan Christian at 7 p.m. Elkhart, the No. 8 seed, ended its season at 8-15.

Oakfield went on a 10-3 run to seize a 37-30 lead with 9:00 left. Sabel and Megan Laning scored four points each, including a trey by Sabel, to key the spurt.

The Resorters, ignited by their full-court press and half-court trapping, fought back with a 15-7 spurt which put them up 45-44 at the 1:34 mark. Elkhart’s defense forced nine turnovers, including four steals by Sonia Schubert, during the stretch. Schubert scored three baskets off her steals for six points which led the Resorters in the rally.

Emma Feldmann’s runner in the free-throw lane gave Elkhart a 45- 44 lead. Oakfield answered with two free throws by Karissa Ryan to go ahead 46-45 with 51 seconds remaining. Elkhart missed a shot inside on its next possession.

The Resorters got off to slow start and trailed 11-4 six minutes into the game. Oakfield did a nice of passing and driving to the basket in building the seven-point lead. In the first half, the Oaks scored eight layups as they attacked the basket strong.

Elkhart’s offense and defense picked it up after the slow start and pulled even at halftime, 23-23. The Resorters tightened up on defense and worked the ball inside for several baskets which keyed their comeback. Senior guard/forward Emma Feldmann led Elkhart in scoring for the first half with eight points.

“It took a while for us to get going. We’ve had slow starts in a lot of games and I’m not sure why. I thought we were prepared coming into the game,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“We struggled at the free-throw line and finishing shots, and in a close game that was the difference. We had plenty of opportunities and didn’t take advantage of enough of them.

“Defensively, we did a better job in the second half and didn’t let them get into the paint [free-throw lane]. Tonight, the effort was there,” said Kulow.

“I feel bad for the seniors [Feldmann and Rachael Flora]. They have given so much to the program.”

Feldmann had a team-high 12 points, followed by Schubert with 10. Schubert, a junior guard, led Elkhart in steals with six. The Resorters’ defense forced 24 turnovers.

Camrie Schmitz and Feldmann paced Elkhart in assists with three each. Rachael Flora had a teamhigh six rebounds. Feldmann led in blocked shots with two.

Sabel, a 5-foot-3 sophomore guard, led the Oaks’ attack with 18 points – 12 in the second half. Olivia Holz led in boards with eight. Ryan had a team-high three assists.

“It was a great game. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. We thought we could exploit their bigs on the wings and I thought we did a good job,” said Oakfield head coach Robert Wonser.

“It basically came down to making free throws.

“This is a great win for us. We’ve been in a lot of games where we were on the other side because we didn’t make the plays and tonight we did,” said Wonser who had four sophomores in his starting lineup.


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