Lady Falcons suffer setback against Huskies

by Steve Ottman

After gaining a milestone victory over Oostburg last week, the Sheboygan Falls Lady Falcons suffered a setback with a tough 54-50 Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball loss to the New Holstein Huskies Thursday, Jan. 6, in Sheboygan Falls.

Falls head coach Leroy Hamilton thought the team had turned the corner with an impressive victory over Oostburg. However, the loss to the Huskies put Falls in a huge hole in the race for the EWC title.

“We came out strong and finished strong, but the second quarter killed us,” said a dejected Hamilton. “We are capable of playing good ball. Too many mistakes have hurt us this season.

The Falcons dropped to 1-3 in the EWC (3-4 overall) and New Holstein improved to 3-1 in the EWC.

New Holstein’s Chelsi Cash rallied the Huskies with a 15-2 run in the second quarter that had a lasting effect on the outcome of the game. Cash scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the quarter.

Falls scored only one basket in the second period, a 3-point shot by junior Erica Duda, as the Huskies outscored the Falcons 19-9 in the second frame.

The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter, with senior Cassie Quirt and sophomore Staci Hasler combining for all of the Falcons scoring. Quirt put in 10 points with three points and three assists from Hasler, but the Falcons still trailed 41-33.

Hasler then scored six straight points on three lay-ups and Quit added another basket, as Falls went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 43-41 at the beginning of the fourth period.

A 3-point shot from Amelia Mirsberger and a jumper from Cash pushed the Huskies’ lead back to 48-43, with 3:10 remaining in the game.

Hasler refused to be stopped, cutting the lead to one point (49-48) on another lay-up, which she converted into a three-point play with 1:48 left.

New Holstein's Tara Zipperer scored to make it 51-48 at the 1:01 mark. Falls senior Brooke Buehler then cut the gap to 51-50 on a lay-up off a steal with 36 seconds left.

A late Falcons foul on Mirsberger wasn’t planned, but she missed on one of her two free throw attempts, which gave the Falcons the chance they needed to tie or win the game.

However, Falls missed two shots in the last 20 seconds of the game, as the Huskies held on to a hardfought four-point victory.

“We came into this game, not expecting a letdown,” Hamilton expressed. “We need to take care of the ball and get our team offense fixed. We need to play a full game.”

The Falcons junior varsity team used a 20-6 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to defeat New Holstein 44-23. The victory improved Falls to 3-1 in the EWC (4-3 overall).

“We’re starting to play well together,” said coach Sandy Duda.

Allison Latsch led Falls in scoring with 17 points and Katie Kautzer added nine points.

The Falls freshman unit edged New Holstein 34-29 for its first win of the season. Ashley Drossel scored 12 points to lead the Falcons, while Tiffany Fischer put in seven points and Payton Daun had six.


Score by Quarters
New Holstein….....….8 19 14 13 - 54
Sheboygan Falls.....11 9 13 17 - 50
New Holstein scoring: Amelia Mirsberger 15, Lauren Voelker 4, Amanda Rose 4, Brooke Mittag 2, Tara Zipperer 8,
Chelsi Cash 21.
Sheboygan Falls scoring: Nicole Fenner 4, Jensen Hamilton 1, Cassie Quirt 14, Erica Duda 6, Brooke Buehler 7,
Staci Hasler 17, Amanda Milne 1.
Three-point goals: New Holstein, Mirsberger 2. Sheboygan Falls, Duda 2.
Statistics: New Holstein, Sheboygan Falls.

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