Raiders’ size too much for Resorters

by Craig Hoffman
Tri-County News


SONIA SCHUBERT (bottom) and Ellie Ausloos of Elkhart Lake battle Kiel’s Savannah Walsdorf for a loose ball in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News SONIA SCHUBERT (bottom) and Ellie Ausloos of Elkhart Lake battle Kiel’s Savannah Walsdorf for a loose ball in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News KIEL – Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah hit favored Kiel with an early 7-2 run, but a late first-half surge by the Raiders led to a 30- 22 Kiel halftime lead and Kiel went on for a 52-37 nonconference girls basketball victory here Tuesday night.

Raider head coach Jeremy Bushman praised the Resorters and head coach Donny Kulow for keeping his Raiders off balanced with a variety of zone defenses and a trapping press.

“We saw a 1-2-2, a 2-3, even a little 2-1-2 zone from them, but we knew it was coming. They did a great job making things tough for us on offense.”

In the end, EL-G fell victim to the Raiders’ substantial size ad- vantage inside.

“Coming in, we knew we had to get off to a good start and the zones were to try and neutralize their height,” said Kulow.


KIANNA BAHR of Elkhart Lake looks for an open teammate as a Kiel player applies pressure in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News KIANNA BAHR of Elkhart Lake looks for an open teammate as a Kiel player applies pressure in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News “This game was just like our Oostburg game [a 51-40 loss by EL-G] before Christmas. We had the early lead and we hit that wall just before halftime. We’re a better team right now, we just have to finish and play a complete 36 minutes.”

Leading just 22-20, Kiel ended the first half on an 8-2 run led by Savannah Walsdorf’s four points. The 6-foot-1 sophomore had a game-high 18 points while teammate Josie Binversie had 14.

Kulow said his team makes up for their lack of size with sheer hustle.

“We have to outhustle our opponent and tonight that tenacity got us to the free-throw line 31 times. But we made just 16 and had too many unforced turnovers.”

Sonia Schubert led Resorter scoring with 11 points. Schubert and Camrie Schmitz had a teamhigh four steals. Paige Nelson led in rebounds with four.

With the win, Kiel is now 8-1 overall. EL-G fell to 2-6.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Leading just 15-14 at halftime, Kiel threw a shutout at Elkhart in the second half – outscoring the Resorters 27-0 to win the JV-1 game, 42-14. The Raiders had a well-balanced scoring attack as Rachel Muehlbauer and Elligh Casper each had eight points while Sydney Binversie, Sophie Strains and Melissa Runge had six apiece.

For EL-G, Ellie Ausloos had a team-high seven points.


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