Bichler, Meerdink spark Lady Dutch past Elkhart


SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake is fouled by Oostburg’s Aimee Bichler (40) while shooting in Tuesday’s BEC basketball game. Also pictured are Oostburg’s Skylar Ternes (left) and Meghan Batzner and Elkhart’s Paige Nelson. – Photo by Mike McGill SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake is fouled by Oostburg’s Aimee Bichler (40) while shooting in Tuesday’s BEC basketball game. Also pictured are Oostburg’s Skylar Ternes (left) and Meghan Batzner and Elkhart’s Paige Nelson. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Aimee Bichler and Olivia Meerdink combined for 32 points to propel the Oostburg Lady Dutch past the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Resorters, 51-40, in a girls basketball game here Tuesday night.

Oostburg upped its Big East Conference record to 5-1 (6-3 overall) which is tied for second with Ozaukee. Elkhart slipped to 2-4 in BEC play (2-5 overall).

Bichler, a senior center, hit a game-high 17 points and Meerdink tallied 15 (including three treys). Meerdink’s 10 points led the Dutch to a 23-19 halftime lead. Oostburg outscored EL-G 28-21 in the second half, spearheaded by Bichler’s 10 points.

The Resorters shot only 30 percent from the field, compared to Oostburg’s 46 percent.

“We played pretty well for what we had as far as personnel. We’re still battling some health issues but they responded and stepped up,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“We rebounded better than we have and played solid defense. Maddie Schneider had a very nice game on both ends. She came off the bench and gave us a much- needed spark.”

Sonia Schubert led EL-G in scoring with 11, followed by Schneider’s 10. Schubert and Schneider were the top rebounders with seven and six, respectively.

Ellie Ausloos and Schubert paced the Resorters in steals with five each. Schubert had a team-high four assists.

“Elkhart Lake is a good team that played some intense ball- pressure defense that gave us some problems,” said Oostburg head coach Lisa Immel.

“Sonia is an athlete and she did a really nice job of pressuring us but I was happy that our team pushed through and came out with a nice team win.”

Bichler led Oostburg in rebounds with an impressive 14. Talia Hranicka had a team-best four steals. Meerdink and Fischer led in assists with three apiece.

“Aimee Bichler did a great job on the boards for us which has been a weakness of ours as of late,” said Immel.

“Meghan Batzner had a great defensive game which never shows up on the stat sheet. But she created some difficult possessions for Elkhart that sparked our second-half push to get a comfortable lead.”


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