Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:55
Rocketsâ€™ big first quarter not enough as Ozaukee rallies for CLC road victory
Fast starts can be deceiving.
Just ask the Cedar Grove-Belgium girlsâ€™ basketball team, which saw a strong first quarter fade into a frustrating Central Lakeshore Conference loss to Ozaukee on Feb. 14.
After racing to an 11-1 lead, the host Rockets couldnâ€™t sustain their shooting touch and were handed a 41-32 defeat on Senior Night.
â€śWe made some early shots and played good defense in the first quarter but then went cold,â€ť Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Nate DePagter said.
â€śWe didnâ€™t allow a field goal in the first period, but we didnâ€™t score for the first four minutes of the second quarter. It was very frustrating.â€ť
Ozaukee, which improved its CLC record to 10-5, got back into contention with regular trips to the free-throw line. The Warriors had only two baskets in the first half but went 9-for-13 on foul shots and pulled within 15-13 by intermission.
â€śWe had a tough first half offensively, but played good defense and got to the line, which kept us close,â€ť Ozaukee coach Lee LeMahieu said. â€śIn the second half, we shot better and had only four turnovers.â€ť
Steady ball handling, coupled with the Rocketsâ€™ cold shooting, helped Ozaukee take control in the final two quarters. By the end of the third period, the Warriors led, 25-24.
Ozaukee pulled away in the fourth quarter as the Rockets continued to struggle from the field. A basket by Alyssa Schmitt cut the Warriorsâ€™ lead to 36-32 with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left, but Cedar Grove-Belgium failed to score again.
â€śWe had some good looks but didnâ€™t get a point in our last five possessions,â€ť said DePagter, whose squad fell to 7-9 in the conference. â€śWe didnâ€™t run our offensive efficiently.â€ť
The Warriors missed seven free throws in the final 2:29 but still finished 17-for-29 at the line compared to the Rocketsâ€™ 5-for-10.
Ozaukeeâ€™s scoring leaders were Jessika Dieringer and Lizzie Janke with 10 points apiece. Dieringer also had nine rebounds.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was paced by Schmittâ€™s 10 points.
This Thursday, both teams will conclude the regular season with 7:30 p.m. CLC games. Ozaukee hosts Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah while Cedar Grove-Belgium plays at Howards Grove.
Image Information: OZAUKEEâ€™S JESSIKA DIERINGER pulled a rebound away from Alyssa Schmitt during aâ€™ Central Lakeshore Conference game Feb. 14. Ozaukee rallied to win, 41-32. Photo by Sam Arendt