Port girls get that elusive victory

It all finally comes together against Hartford; boys bounce back after defense lapses in road loss
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Their chances were quickly dwindling, but the Port Washington High School girls’ basketball team got it done.

The Pirates finally notched one in the win column on Feb. 5, a 51-48 triumph over North Shore Conference foe Hartford.

When the Orioles’ last-ditch heave that would have tied the game missed, it was bedlam.

“Everyone stormed the court, lots of emotions at that point,” coach Jakob Wahl said.

The Pirates won without one of their best players, senior point guard Lizzie Egan, who left the game early with an ankle injury.

Senior forward Kaytlin Kassens stepped up to score 14 points, and sophomore guard Tiana Davis scored 12.

Senior Kate Erlandson hit two clutch free throws with seven seconds left that took a one-point edge to three, forcing the Orioles to fire from long range.

Keelie Schumacher scored eight points and Erlandson had seven. Regan Melin and Ella Bierman each had five.

Wahl praised the defensive play of Schumacher and Davis for attacking passing lanes that led to steals.

“That was our best defensive effort in the last couple of years,” Wahl said. “That’s kind of what we’ve been working toward all season, playing that consistently.”

The Pirates held an 18-13 lead at halftime and hung on.

“We had the lead most of the game. We were able to stay aggressive on offense,” Wahl said.

Maddy Sieczkowski scored 20 for Hartford.

The Pirates on Feb. 6 lost to Nicolet, 73-23 (Bierman scored 10 points) and last Friday at NSC leader Slinger, 81-21.

They host West Bend East on Thursday and West Bend West on Friday. They earned an 11 seed in the playoffs and play at No. 6-seeded Cedarburg on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Boys take out their anger on Slinger

Defensive lapses led to a 65-58, loss to the Orioles, before defensive pressure triggered a 62-41 win over the Owls.

Against Hartford, the Pirates took a 24-16 first-half lead before the Orioles came back to tie the game at the break, 31-31.

Evan Lilly scored 11 points early but got two quick fouls and had to sit. He got two more in the second half and couldn’t get into rhythm. Adam Baierl scored 10 early and then went on a tear to score a game-high 24 and keep the Pirates in the game.

Coach Brian Hebein said his team remained behind just a few points, and then the Orioles would bump the lead to four or six. The Pirates didn’t string enough defensive stops together.

“We were just kind of clawing all night to try to get back in it,” Hebein said.

Tamai McKoy-Jackson had 10 points, and Nolan Mueller had eight.

Jake Lynch scored 21 for Hartford.

The Pirates took out their frustrations at home against Slinger, running a three-quarter-court press for 75% of the game. They had a 36-18 lead by halftime and never looked back.

“We were a little frustrated coming out of that game on Tuesday night,” Hebein said. “It was good to see us bounce back.”

The defensive pressure led to double-digit turnovers and some easy buckets. In the second half, Hebein juggled his lineup to get his bench some quality minutes and not just mop-up time.

Mueller got on track with 18 points. The Owls tried to shut down Baierl, but he took what the defense gave him to score 13. Jake Lippe added 10 and Brandon Kelling had eight.

The goal, Hebein said, was to allow fewer than 40 points. The Owls hit a three-pointer late in the game to reach 41.

“We were pretty pleased with the defensive effort we gave,” he said.

The Pirates, 8-6 in the NSC and 11-7 overall, were to host Nicolet on Wednesday, play at West Bend West on Friday and host West Bend East on Monday, Feb. 18. They play at Grafton on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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