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Warhawks girls roar past two NSC opponents to maintain lead

Rathke tourney coming up

Dec. 22, 2013

The Germantown girls basketball team maintained its lead in the North Shore Conference with two easy wins last week.

The Warhawks, who entered Saturday afternoon's nonconference game with Arrowhead unbeaten at 6-0, overpowered Grafton, 65-37, on Friday after routing Milwaukee Lutheran, 90-40, on Dec. 17. The two NSC victories improved them to 4-0 in league play.

After the Arrowhead game, Germantown takes a step into the big time when it takes part in the eight-team Rathke Memorial Tournament on Thursday through Saturday. They take on Waunakee in a 3:30 p.m. quarterfinal on Thursday.

Play continues through Saturday's championship at 3:15 p.m. and all teams are guaranteed three games. Others involved include DePere, Racine Case, Middleton, Oshkosh Lourdes, DSHA and the host Sabers.

Coach Matt Stuve said he has looked forward to entering this tournament and is eager to see how the Warhawks will do.

Germantown hit Grafton hard on Friday, racing out to a 23-11 first quarter lead and then breaking it open to a 39-18 halftime lead. It was 57-31 after three quarters.

A total of 11 players scored for the Warhawks as Taylor Higginbotham had 18 points, including two of Germantown's nine 3-pointers. She also grabbed five rebounds and had five steals.

She got help from Val Meissner with 10 points (along with two assists and three steals) and Bridget Kelley with seven (to go with six rebounds). Paige Groth had six points, four assists and four blocked shots while Kenzie Schmitz grabbed four rebounds, had four steals and blocked three shots.

Groth, Miska Cantley and Meissner also hit two 3-pointers apiece.

All told, Germantown had 23 steals, 15 assists and nine blocked shots in the game.

In the rout of Lutheran, which was the highest scoring game of the season for the Warhawks, it was interesting after one quarter (a 25-21 Germantown lead), but then the relentless defensive pressure of the Warhawks started to pay off big in the second quarter.

If there ever was a game that epitomized the "run, press and shoot" philosophy of the Warhawks, this was it.

They outscored the Red Knights, 27-5, in the second session to cruise into the half with a 52-26 lead. The Warhawks turned Lutheran over at will all night, including a reported 47 steals. That led to an amazing total of 104 shot attempts

Even by Germantown standards, this was impressive, as a total of 14 players scored, led by Kelley with 20 points. She was nine of 13 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. Also in double figures were Meissner (11 points and five steals); and Amy Flasch (10 points and seven steals).

Higginbotham added nine points with eight thefts while Courtney Wahl and Erika Berry (four steals) had seven points apiece. Groth had six points with eight assists and three steals and Schmitz had six points with three steals.

The score could have been much worse, as Germantown missed 18 free throws and hit only four of 34 3-point attempts.

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