Tigers crush Warriors in key Big East game

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to score inside against Ozaukee’s Becca Schauer (11) and an unidentifi ed teammate in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller OLIVIA STAUSS of Howards Grove tries to score inside against Ozaukee’s Becca Schauer (11) and an unidentifi ed teammate in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers, fueled by a tenacious defense, routed Ozaukee, 62-32, in a crucial Big East Conference girls basketball game here Thursday night.

The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Division 4 poll, raised their first-place BEC record to 11-0 (14-1 overall) and ran their winning streak to 13 in a row. The Warriors, who came into the game only one game behind HG, dropped to 9-2 in the BEC (12-4 overall).

HG’s full-court press and half-court traps disrupted the Warriors’ offense and caused several turnovers. The Tigers’ half-court defense (man-to-man and zone) allowed few driving lanes and forced Ozaukee to rely mostly on perimeter shots. The Warriors were cold from the outside and had few second shots.


SAM YANCY, Howards Grove forward, attacks the basket against Ozaukee’s Emma Richards in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. The Tigers’ Brittany Schaller watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller SAM YANCY, Howards Grove forward, attacks the basket against Ozaukee’s Emma Richards in Thursday’s BEC basketball game. The Tigers’ Brittany Schaller watches. – Photo by Terry Schaller HG played outstanding team defense and kept constant pressure on Ozaukee. The Tigers had an impressive 16 steals and forced 19 Ozaukee turnovers. The Warriors shot only 34 percent from the field.

Senior point guard Brittany Schaller led HG in steals with four and Sam Yancy had three.

“We always count on each other on offense and defense. We focus more on defense than offense in practice. Defense is something that is a constant for our team,” said Yancy, a senior forward.

“I’m very proud of the team. It’s tough when you are leading [the conference]. We have a target on our backs. I’m happy with how we responded.”

Offensively, the Tigers were sharp as they showed good patience against Ozaukee’s 2-3 zone. HG had good ball movement which led to several open shots. The Tigers scored most of their baskets inside, including several on drives to the hoop.

HG grabbed an 8-0 lead 3:40 into the game – making three of its first four shots from the field.

The Tigers used a 13-2 run to build a 24-7 lead with 6:00 left in the first half and were in command the rest of the way. Schaller capped off the spurt by hitting a floater in the lane. Schaller, Olivia Stauss and Kaitlynn Near scored four points each during the stretch.

The Tigers led 34-15 at halftime. Schaller and Stauss spearheaded HG’s attack in the first half with 10 points each. Stauss finished the game with a teamhigh 15 points off the bench and was an outstanding 7-for-10 from the field.

“It was a total team effort like it’s been all season. This is a huge win for us,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“There are a lot of games where we haven’t shot well from the field and that’s why it’s so important to have a defense that is as good as it is. The last two games we’ve shot in the 50s percent from the field and if we can do that and keep the defense the way it’s been we’re going to be pretty hard to beat.”

The Tigers shot an excellent 58 percent from the field versus Ozaukee which played mostly a 2-3 zone defense.

The Tigers had a well-balanced offense with four players scoring in double figures. Yancy and Addi Gerber contributed 14 points each and Schaller hit 10.

“We see a lot of zones and the key for us to beat a zone is a lot of patience. We moved the ball well and took high-percentage shots,” said Georgeff.

Schaller had a team-high seven assists and Yancy had three. Ashley Reinemann paced the Tigers in rebounds with eight, followed by Stauss with seven and Yancy, six.

“I have to give Ashley a lot of credit. She does a lot for us, defensively. She always guards the other team’s toughest guard,” said the coach.

“I can’t say enough about Olivia with 15 points and seven rebounds.”

Junior center Emma Richards led the Warriors in scoring with 15 off the bench.


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