Resorters take third in Kewaskum Tourney


MEGAN WAAGE (30) of Elkhart Lake attempts to pass inside to a teammate as Kewaskum’s Megan Winkler (10) and Kennedy Adams (33) look to deny in the Kewaskum Holiday Basketball Tournament third-place game Friday night. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Delta Publications MEGAN WAAGE (30) of Elkhart Lake attempts to pass inside to a teammate as Kewaskum’s Megan Winkler (10) and Kennedy Adams (33) look to deny in the Kewaskum Holiday Basketball Tournament third-place game Friday night. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Delta Publications WEST BEND – Sophomore guard Ellie Ausloos exploded for a personal-best 29 points to spark the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters to a 57-53 comeback win over Kewaskum Friday night in the third-place game of the Kewaskum Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament.

The win was the first of the season for the Resorters who improved to 1-9. The Indians fell to 1-10. The two-day tourney was held at UW-Washington County.

Elkhart lost in the semifinals to Kiel, 61-43, on Dec. 28. The Raiders (8-4) defeated West Bend West, 51-46, in the finals Friday night.

Ausloos hit a free throw with less than five seconds remaining which gave EL-G a 57-53 lead over the Indians and sealed the win. Sarah Schneider sank two free throws for the Resorters’ previous two points.

“We had kids step up. Everyone made some sort of contribution to the win,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“After falling behind by eight midway through the first half, we made a push to finish the half with the lead [28- 26]. The second half we had a double-digit lead, only to have Kewaskum make a run to keep the game within reach for them.

“Kewaskum’s three-point shooting kept them in the game,” said Kulow.

The Indians made eight three-pointers.

“I’m very proud with the way the team responded and players stepping up. I thought Hannah Donhauser came up from the junior varsity squad and helped a ton, especially on the defensive end with her length and athleticism,” said Kulow.

“Ellie had a fantastic Holiday Tournament, both offensively and defensively. She really stepped her game up.”

Ausloos and Avery Feldmann paced EL in assists with three each. Kianna Bahr had a team-high nine rebounds and Maddie Schneider delivered seven.

The Resorters had a season high 15 steals, led by Ausloos with five and Sarah Schneider, three.

Maxine Paulowske hit a team-high 24 points for the Indians, including six treys.

SEMIFINALS

Kiel built a 39-19 halftime lead en route its win over Elkhart. The Resorters were plagued by 31 turnovers, many caused by Kiel’s defense.

“Kiel has a very good team. We struggled with their fullcourt pressure. We held our own for a while but they just wore us down because of their pressure and their depth,” said Kulow.

“We were limited with personnel but the kids still battled and gave a good effort. We had some bench kids get some good minutes.”

Ausloos poured in 25 points to ignite the Resorters’ attack. She also had a teambest five steals and three assists. Sarah Schneider led in boards with eight.

Becky Blatz led Kiel in scoring with 12.


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