Falcons charge past Raiders in EWC action

Falls girls hoops team notches 10th victory of the season
by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


NICOLE VAN ENGEN (10) of Sheboygan Falls eyes up a pass to a teammate, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball game versus Two Rivers in Sheboygan Falls Friday, Jan. 12. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman NICOLE VAN ENGEN (10) of Sheboygan Falls eyes up a pass to a teammate, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball game versus Two Rivers in Sheboygan Falls Friday, Jan. 12. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The Sheboygan Falls High School girls basketball team bounced back to pick up its 10th win of the season with a 67-24 blowout victory over winless Two Rivers Friday, Jan. 12.

After suffering a close loss to Kiel last week, Falls focused on its defense and improved to 5-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (10-3 overall).

The last time the Falcons reached the 10-win mark this early in the season was in 2013 when they were 10-2 overall.

“We set a goal coming into this game to focus on playing well on defense,” said Falcons’ head coach Mark Olivieri. “We set the tone on offense to always make that extra pass and don’t be selfish. Overall we wanted to be efficient and cut down on our mistakes.”

Falls came out on offense and took advantage of Two Rivers, bolting out to a 17-2 lead in the first half.

Alyssa Sommerfeld made two 3-pointers and scored eight points to lead the scoring attack.

The Falcons offense kept up the pace, expanding its lead to 31-7 as Sommerfeld converted two steals and Jordyn Girdaukas hit a 3-point shot.

Kiley Graff of Two Rivers then scored seven points to cut the lead to 35-12.

Sommerfeld continued to have the hot hand with four more points and scored 17 points in the first half to give Falls 39-14 first half lead.

The Falcons started the second half with a 16-4 run, sparked by Nicole Van Engen with four points and two steals from Alayna Milne to extend their lead to 55-18.

Maddie Specht also scored two baskets and Milne finished the game with four more points for the Falcons.


JORDYN GIRDAUKAS (right) of Sheboygan Falls drives to the basket, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball game versus Two Rivers in Sheboygan Falls Friday, Jan. 12. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman JORDYN GIRDAUKAS (right) of Sheboygan Falls drives to the basket, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball game versus Two Rivers in Sheboygan Falls Friday, Jan. 12. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman Sommerfeld led all scorers with 20 points, to go along with nine rebounds and four steals. Milne and Myja Durn had three steals each, while Allison Antonie added eight points.

Durn scored 19 points to help Falls defeat Lomira 71- 62 in a non-conference contest Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The Falcons held a slim 36- 34 halftime lead and were able to outscore the Lions 35-28 in the second half.

Durn was also 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Antonie scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Claire Smallwood had 10 points.

“We didn’t play that well against Lomira,” remarked Olivieri. “I thought we could have played better.”

Falls committed 21 turnovers and still picked up the win.

The Falls junior varsity team beat Two Rivers 50-30. Amber Spatz scored 15 points to lead the scoring and Specht added 11 for the Falcons.


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