Warriors down Tigers in regional semis

by Gary Feider
The Sounder


ELISE LARGE of Ozaukee attempts to drive past Howards Grove’s Mackenzie Holzwart in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Jennifer Marten ELISE LARGE of Ozaukee attempts to drive past Howards Grove’s Mackenzie Holzwart in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Jennifer Marten FREDONIA – The Ozaukee girls basketball team never trailed on Friday night, subduing young but pesky Howads Grove, 46-35, in a Division 4 regional semifinal.

“I knew it would be tough tonight because Howards Grove has a good young team, and we really worked to get to the regional final game,” said Ozaukee head coach Tim Wolff.

The No. 4-seeded Warriors advanced to the finals Saturday night and fell to Manitowoc Lutheran, 48-44, to finish 15-9.

HG, seeded No. 5, ended its season at 14-9.

“Defensively, many of the things we didn’t do well the first match-up against Ozaukee [in a Big East Conference game won by Ozaukee, 54-51, on Jan. 12] we cleaned up and improved on for this game,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

ZAYLA MUELLER of Howards Grove defends an inbounds pass from an unidentified Ozaukee player in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Jennifer MartenZAYLA MUELLER of Howards Grove defends an inbounds pass from an unidentified Ozaukee player in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Photo by Jennifer Marten
“Unfortunately, our inability to score did not help our cause.”

The Tigers shot only 18 percent from the field and were just 12 of 25 at the foul line.

“We knew it would be a tough pull but the girls really played as a team,” said Wolff.

The Warriors jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first eight minutes and they took a 20-12 advantage into halftime.

The Tigers started the second half strong – whittling down the deficit to 22-18 and 24-20. A pair of Becca Schauer buckets boosted the Warrior lead back to eight points.

With seven minutes left HG trailed by 34-27 (after a pair of Maddy Near free throws). Ozaukee answered with four Elise Large free throws sandwiched around an Amy Wolff basket which stretched the lead to 40-27 with 3:49 left.

The Tigers finally broke a four-minute drought with a Mackenzie Holzwart free throw at 3:11. Another Large free throw and two by Schauer responded to a Kayla Bender bucket, giving Ozaukee a 43-31 lead with 1:26 remaining.

Large led Ozaukee with 16 points and Schauer added 11. Wolff grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Leah Parnitzke paced the Tigers’ scoring with 13 and rebounds, eight. Bender grabbed seven boards.

“Leah Parnitzke played well. Despite struggling to finish [shots] she kept a scoring mentality and never gave up,” said Georgeff.

Parnitzke, a freshman guard/forward, shared the HG lead in steals with Holzwart at four. Maddy Near led in assists with three.


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