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Warhawks girls win sixth in a row to pull into tie for second in NSC

Germantown hosts Bay in critical league tilt Friday

Jan. 13, 2013

Germantown - Back in November when defending North Shore Conference tri-champ Whitefish Bay dusted a talented but still callow Germantown team, 65-37, it was in Warhawks coach Matt Stuve's eyes because the Blue Dukes were more polished and prepared at what they did best than his team was.

But when the Blue Dukes come back to Germantown on Friday, in a key battle in the NSC race, it is the Warhawks who will be prepared.

"This is a great opportunity," said Stuve, whose team overpowered Homestead, 80-53 on Friday. "When that happened last month (against Bay) what that told us, is that no one is going to go 14-0 in this league that everyone is going to take at least a couple of hits.

"And they were a lot more comfortable in what they were doing than we were in what we were doing. But now, we're a lot more comfortable. If we take care of details, we'll be OK."

Bay and Germantown enter the game tied for second in the North Shore at 5-2 each as Cedarburg holds a tenuous one game lead at 6-1 (9-3). The Warhawks are 10-3 overall and Bay is 7-6. Germantown had taken on nonconference opponent Waukesha South on Tuesday.

The Warhawks, who also buried Port Washington, 81-49, in a NSC makeup game on Jan. 9, have won six in a row while Bay is coming off a frustrating 29-24 loss to rival Nicolet on Friday, despite the fact that 2012 All-Suburban center Maya Jonas made her first appearance of the season after knee surgery last May.

Germantown took off fast against Homestead and never looked back. It was 22-10 at the quarter and 40-19 at the half. The Highlanders did hit a few shots and Stuve said the Warhawks lost a little focus in the second half, but the lead never dropped below 10.

The Warhawks had a total of 14 players score led by Bridget Kelley with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Courtney Mehring and Paige Groth had nine apiece and Taylor Higginbotham eight.

"We got up eight early and then we were just able to stay on top of them," Stuve said. "Take it to teams quickly before they have a chance to get settled."

With Kelley scoring 21, the Warhawks have now had nine players score in double figures in a game this season.

Against Port, Germantown had just a 16-13 advantage at the quarter, but then broke open the game with a 22-2 second quarter outburst.

Again, the team had 14 players score as Kelley and Maggie Johnston had 12 points apiece while Lauren Grotjahn had 11 and Paige Groth eight. Germantown has now scored 80 or more points four times this season.

"We're at a point where we got things down fairly pat (in terms of execution)," Stuve said. "Now it's just a matter of fine-tuning."

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