Nonconference foes left the Grafton girlsâ€™ basketball team with a mixed bag of results last weekend.
Slowed by a rocky third quarter, the Black Hawks were handed a 52-41 road loss by Marshall on Saturday afternoon.
The previous night, they had little trouble scoring a home win over Cudahy.
â€śWeâ€™ve been playing pretty well, but we seem to have one bad quarter that hurts us,â€ť Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt said.
â€śIn the Marshall game, the third quarter was the one that hurt.â€ť
Despite having its two top players â€” junior forward Amanda Hunt and senior guard Haley Orlowski â€” on the bench with foul trouble, Grafton stayed in contention throughout the first half. The Hawks trailed, 25-23, at intermission.
â€śWe played without both of them most of the first half,â€ť Reinhardt said. â€śWe did well to stay close.â€ť
Marshall pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Grafton, 12-3. Although the Hawks regained their shooting touch with a 15-point final period, they couldnâ€™t overcome the deficit.
Hunt and Orlowski shared team-high honors with 11 points apiece. Nine of Orlowskâ€™s points came in the second half.
Marshall was led by Liz Abitzâ€™s 10 points.
â€śMarshall really hit the boards and outrebounded us,â€ť Reinhardt said. â€śWe gave up a lot of second and third shots.â€ť
Grafton 43, Cudahy 24
Hunt continued her strong play by leading the Hawks with 23 points in a lopsided victory.
She hit a trio of three-point baskets and went 8-for-9 at the free-throw line.
Grafton started slowly and trailed, 7-3, after one quarter. However, the Hawks got their offense on track in the second period with a 17-5 run that put them ahead by eight points at halftime.
In the third quarter, Grafton sealed the outcome with a 10-2 advantage.
Besides Huntâ€™s effort, the Hawks got 10 points from Orlowski, who was 6-for-8 on foul shots.
Amber Bigger led Cudahy with six points.
â€śWe played great defense. I was really pleased with our effort,â€ť Reinhardt said.
The weekend split left Grafton with a 6-4 season record.
This week, the Hawks will resume North Shore Conference play with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday at Milwaukee Lutheran.
On Saturday, Grafton will host Delavan-Darien in a 3:15 p.m. nonleague contest.
Image Information: MADDY HUIBREGSTE tried to dribble past a Cudahy defender during Graftonâ€™s 43-24 win. Photo by Sam Arendt