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Star’s foul start doesn’t derail CG-Belgium boys PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:59

Von Heimburg overcomes early whistles to net 26 points as Rockets throttle Ozaukee

Cedar Grove-Belgium leading scorer Jason von Heimburg picked up two fouls in the first 55 seconds of last Friday’s basketball game against rival Ozaukee, but the senior bounced back with a vengeance to lead the Rockets to a road victory.
Von Heimburg scored a game-high 26 points in what turned out to be a 61-38 blowout in Big East Conference play.
“I just had to play smarter, a little less aggressive,” he said of playing much of the night in foul trouble.
A 14-2 run to end the first half gave the Rockets the lead for good.
Freshman Noah Miller drained a three-pointer to give the Warriors a 12-11 lead with six minutes left in the first half, but that was their final lead of the game.
Junior Nick Newkirk answered with a three that gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a 14-12 lead. Von Heimburg then hit a shot inside on an inbounds play and got fouled, but missed the free throw.
Brent Mentink later hit a turnaround shot in the lane, and von Heimburg hit two free throws in the bonus.
Michael Navis drove the lane and made a shot, before Ozaukee’s Ben Stadler stopped the bleeding by scoring inside to make it 22-14.
With 34.8 seconds left, Cameron Kirst missed two free throws, and the Warriors grabbed the rebound.
But the Rockets forced a jump ball and had the possession arrow. They worked the ball down to the final seconds, and von Heimburg hit a three that put his team up, 25-14, at halftime.
VON HEIMBURG CG B OZ HOOPS 4CThe Warriors missed the front end of a bonus three times in the span, while Von Heimburg scored 10 points.
“He’s one of the heart and souls of our team. I knew he could play with two, but I had to sit him and get his head straight,” Rockets coach Josh Ketterhagen said.
“Once he got that, he played smart with two fouls. He ended that first half with that big clutch three, and I think that was a big key for us propelling in the second half.”
Ozaukee coach Bob Domach agreed that the final minutes of the first half turned the game.
“Cedar Grove went on a run in the first half, and we were not able to overcome that run,” he said.
The Warriors closed the gap to 25-17 early in the second half but never got any closer. The Rockets dominated shot attempts and makes, going 21-for-54 from the field, including 7-for-23 on three-pointers, against Ozaukee’s 2-3 zone defense.
The Warriors shot 9-for-21 from two-point range and 4-for-21 on threes against the Rockets’ man-to-man scheme.
“We did not shoot well. We took some bad shots, some forced shots. If we were more patient on offense we would have been able to overcome some of our defensive short comings,” Domach said.
Neither team tore it up on free throws, and they had plenty of chances in a game called so tightly that if either team had cheerleaders, they would have been in foul trouble. The Rockets went 12-for-25 and the Warriors 8-for-18 at the line.
With von Heimburg out for several minutes in the first half, guards Jordan Villa and Michael Navis stepped up. Villa dished out five assists in the game, and Navis used his quickness to snag four steals and score 12 points.

Lone win salvages Hawks’ tough week PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:41

Nonleague victory over CG-Belgium gives Grafton girls a lift after two losses; Port girls fall to Homestead

The Grafton girls’ basketball team salvaged a rough week with an easy nonconference victory over Cedar Grove-Belgium on Saturday night.
The host Black Hawks built a 14-point halftime lead and sailed to a 54-27 win.
The Rockets came out in a zone and later went to what Grafton coach Mike Grzesiak calls a “junk defense” to try to stop star Hannah Belanger. Like many other teams’ schemes, it didn’t work.
Belanger scored 26 points and went 6-for-9 on three-point tries. The junior guard doesn’t shoot from the outside often, but she has made 12 of 17 threes in her last two games.
ELLIE FELSINGER BELANGER HILGART s2012018166 4C“It’s basically what the defense dictates,” Grzesiak said.
Grafton sophomore Lexi Hilgart came on strong last week, scoring in double figures in three straight games with solid inside and outside play. On Saturday, she had 10 points.
In all, eight Hawks scored.
Ellie Felsinger again led the Rockets with 18 points, her sixth game in the last seven in double figures, but the next highest scorer for the team was Amy TenHaken with five.
West Bend West edges Grafton
For the second straight game, the Hawks couldn’t hold on to a small second-half lead.
North Shore Conference foe West Bend West got 21 points from its 6-foot-4 star Maddison Baker in a 59-57 victory at Grafton on Friday.
Belanger scored 28 for the Hawks, shooting 6-for-8 on three-pointers. She hit a bomb at the buzzer to cut the final deficit to two.
The Spartans played man-to-man on the Hawks, which allowed Belanger to heat up from the outside.

OHS girls show fight in defeats PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEB HAMM   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:32

Determined effort, balanced scoring not enough for Warriors in losses to Sheboygan Falls, Kohler

When the Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team hosted Sheboygan Falls in a nonconference game Jan. 16, the Warriors had a balanced scoring attack.
“We played hard,” Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff said of his squad’s 73-53 loss.
“We had four girls in double digits. We just ran out of gas.”
Amy Wolff scored 15 points for the Warriors, Becca Schauer and Elise Large each had 13, and Carla Wolff added 11.
Sheboygan Falls had six players score at least seven points.
“Sheboygan Falls has a good team. They were a big challenge for us,” coach Wolff said.
“We were tied with five minutes to go, but only made two shots the rest of the way. They made their free throws.”
The Falcons made 22 of 25 free throws for the game, while Ozaukee was under 50% (10 of 23).
BECCA SCHAUER s1011618252 4CEven so, Ozaukee trailed by just three points at halftime, 37-34.
Most of the second stanza was close as well until the Falcons pulled away in the closing minutes by sinking their free throws.
Sheboygan Falls was led by Alyssa Sommerfeld with 20 points, and Myja Durn had 14. Jordyn Girdaukas and Claire Smallwood each finished with 11 points.
Last Saturday, the Warriors were on the short end of a 52-49 score in a Big East Conference game at Kohler.
“We played pretty decent. There were a couple of shots at the end that didn’t go in,” coach Wolff said.
Wolff said the game was officiated tightly with many whistles.

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