Kiel had just a little more

by Craig Hoffman Sports Editor Tri-County News

KIEL – The offenses struggled but Kiel had just a little more and beat Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 34-26, in a girls nonconference basketball game here Thursday night.

Only one player scored in double figures and that was the Resorters’ Stephanie Knepfel who finished with 11 points.

EL-G led early in the game, but a Mikayla Preissner bucket with 6:03 to go in the second quarter put the Raiders ahead 7-6 – a lead that would stand up the rest of the way.

“I guess you take it any way you can get them,” said Raider head coach Jeremy Bushman as Kiel won its second straight game after opening with four defeats.

“It wasn’t a very good game offensively, but I thought defensively, we forced them into some of their turnovers.”

Elkhart committed a season-high 28 turnovers.

Preissner led Kiel scoring with eight points in a reserve role.

The Resorters’ three-game winning streak ended as they dropped to 5-2. Elkhart had a season-low point total and field-goal shooting performance (19 percent at 7-for-36).

The one area that Kiel did shine in was at the free-throw line, especially in the fourth quarter. Erin Schuler went 4-for-4 while Preissner and Maxine Becker each made both of their charity attempts as the Raiders successfully held off a Resorter comeback bid which saw them get to within 26-24 with 6:33 remaining.

Resorter head coach Don Kulow was disappointed with the outcome but looks ahead as his team currently sits in second place in the Central Lakeshore Conference.

“This is a fun nonconference game,” he said.

“Kiel is a bigger school than us but the players know each other so there’s a bit of a rivalry.

“We did not come to play tonight and you have to give Kiel credit. Coach Bushman is going to do some nice things with this program.”

Bushman is a former assistant coach in the Resorter basketball program before taking over as Kiel’s head coach this season.

Becca Hembel scored the game’s first points on a field goal at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter. The next field goal by either team came four minutes later as Knepfel made it 4-2 Resorters. Kiel’s offensive came out of its slump to take a 16-8 halftime lead.


Kiel won the junior varsity contest, 49-25 – jumping off to a 12-3 first-quarter lead. Corrina Beaumont led the Raiders with 13 points and Katie Kracht added 10.

Emily Grunewald and Ashley Pfeifer scored six points apiece for the Resorters.


Score by Quarters
Elkhart Lake……………4 4 12 6 – 26
Kiel.………………………..5 11 8 10 – 34
Elkhart Lake scoring: Stephanie Knepfel 11, Becca Hembel 2, Morgan Voigtlander 2, Maddie Landgraf 7, Anna
Vollrath 4.
Kiel scoring: Maxine Becker 2, Mikayla Preissner 8, Abby Gilsdorf 4, Erin Schuler 7, Alexis Genke 4, Brittany Meyer 3,
Brooke Goehring 3, Alexis Lucas 3.
Three-point goals: Knepfel 1.
Field goals: Elkhart Lake 7-36, 19%; Kiel 8-37, 22%. Free throws: Elkhart Lake 11-20, 55%; Kiel 18-28, 64%.
Rebounds: Elkhart Lake 20, Kiel 33. Turnovers: Elkhart Lake 28, Kiel 25.

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