Bahr, Flora lead EL-G to regional win

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


MEGAN FLORA, Elkhart Lake forward, looks for an open teammate while bring guarded by Heritage Christian’s Hailey Linton in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. The Resorters’ Maddie Schneider watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MEGAN FLORA, Elkhart Lake forward, looks for an open teammate while bring guarded by Heritage Christian’s Hailey Linton in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. The Resorters’ Maddie Schneider watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ELKHART LAKE – The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters, keyed by the strong inside attack from forwards Kianna Bahr and Megan Flora, defeated Heritage Christian (Brookfield), 58-48, in a Division 5 girls regional basketball first-round game here Tuesday night.

Bahr, a senior, scored 18 points and Flora, a junior, netted a career-high 16. Junior guard Ellie Ausloos chipped in with 12.

The No. 8-seeded Resorters, who snapped a five-game losing streak, improved to 6-17. Elkhart will play at No. 1-seeded Oshkosh Lourdes Academy on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. Lourdes is tied for seventh in the Associated Press D-5 poll.


BREANNA ANGLES of Heritage Christian tries to drive past Elkhart Lake’s Kianna Bahr (25) in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. Aryka Klemme (23) and Ellie Ausloos help defend for the Resorters. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BREANNA ANGLES of Heritage Christian tries to drive past Elkhart Lake’s Kianna Bahr (25) in Tuesday’s regional basketball opener. Aryka Klemme (23) and Ellie Ausloos help defend for the Resorters. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Elkhart-Lourdes winner advances to the finals Saturday at 7 p.m.

Heritage Christian, a No. 9 seed, finished 10-11.

“To be able to move on [in the playoffs] is great for our young kids and for the team in general. It’s a credit to the kids,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“We executed well in our half-court [offense]. The girls were very unselfish and we took what the defense gave us. Megan and Kianna played phenomenal.”

Kulow thought the team did a good job of executing the high-low post game which was crucial to working the ball inside.

“I thought we played well together and with a lot of energy,” he said.

Ausloos led EL-G in steals with four. Flora and Ausloos had a team-high six rebounds each, followed by Bahr’s five. Aryka Klemme led in assists with three and Alex Schneider and Avery Feldmann had two each.

Freshman guard Rachel Shane sparked the Patriots’ offense with 21 points (16 in the second half), including five three-point goals.

The Resorters seized a commanding 49-36 lead with 5:55 remaining after going on a 13-5 run, led by Bahr’s six points. Flora contributed four and Avery Feldmann sank a triple during the spurt.

“We played really well as a team and prepared a lot this week to get after it,” said Flora who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL.

“Our goal was to get out of the first round of the regional. We had a lot of energy. Energy and a positive attitude were the key factors tonight.”

Elkhart outscored the Patriots 16-2 at the foul line.


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