Ozaukee girls starting to peak at just the right time

By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball team logged a season highlight with a 74-58 victory at Manitowoc Lutheran Saturday in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament.

“It was probably our most well-played game of the season,” said an excited Ozaukee coach Tim Wolff.

“We knew it would be a high challenge going up to Manitowoc Lutheran. We lost a tough game there last time.”

The first time the two teams played on Dec. 4, the Warriors came up short, 67-60.

“We decided we were really going to attack them this time, so we pressed them pretty much the entire game,” Wolff said.

“I was very, very happy for our girls. They’ve worked very hard this season, and they finally got rewarded with a really good win against a good team.

The Warriors came out hot to take a lead that propelled them to the win.

“Gabby Klas had a huge three-point barrage in the beginning. I think she had three in about a minute’s time. That kind of gave us a lead and we went from there,” Wolff said.

Ozaukee’s leader, Becca Schauer, had one of her best games of the season against the fourth-place team in the Big East.

“Becca had a phenomenal all-around game,” Wolff said. I think she was 14-for-16 at the free throw line and was excellent handling the ball.”

In addition to a game-high 25 points, Schauer dished out eight assists and grabbed six steals

Gabby Klas scored 17 points. Greta Klas had 15.

“Greta hit some big shots for us. Briana Szcerbinski also hit some big shots,” Wolff said.

It was an all-around team effort.

“Our passing was great and our rebounding was phenomenal, especially as high challenged as we were (by a much taller team),” Wolff said. “Mallory Miller, Carla Wolff, Izzy Clark and Cami and Abby Miller all battled and battled for rebounds.”

The Lancers were led by Grace Melso with 17 points and Emily Behnke with 11.

Behind Schauer’s strong shooting at the charity stripe, the Warriors finished 18-for-24 in free throws.

The Warriors, 8-5, are in fifth place in the Big East.

Ozaukee was scheduled to host Howards Grove in the second round of the conference tournament Tuesday. The Tigers won the teams’ first meeting, 57-40, on Jan. 11.

Ozaukee will play at either Oostburg or Mishicot on Saturday.

Cedar Grove-Belgium won its first tournament game in the consolation bracket, 67-25, over Sheboygan Christian. The Rockets, 4-8 and 10th in Big East and 7-10 overall, were to host Sheboygan Lutheran on Tuesday and at Kohler on Saturday.

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