Watertown coasts past Catholic Memorial for 10th win
Last-second heroics weren’t needed from Watertown senior guard Jenna Koepp this time around against Waukesha Catholic Memorial.
Koepp drained a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Goslings a road win over Catholic Memorial a season ago. This year, she scored all 12 of her points in the first half as Watertown cruised to a 62-45 nonconference victory on Tuesday at WHS.
Sophomore forward Teya Maas scored all of her team-high 14 points in the first half as well to put Watertown (10-4) comfortably in front 42-15 at the half.
Senior forward Brianne Korducki added 10 points, sophomore guard Aubrey Schmutzler added eight and senior guard Brianna Hendricks added seven for the Goslings.
“Everybody got to contribute,” Watertown girls basketball coach Matt Stollberg said. “We played well enough in the first half and got a comfortable margin. In the second half, we were able to play everybody. We really got after them early. It was a good win. We are happy to be at double digit wins. It’s a good place to be.”
Catholic Memorial came out in a 2-3 zone and Watertown promptly picked it apart.
“We expected that based on scouting,” Stollberg said. “We did a nice job getting a lot of open shots both inside and kicking it out. Early on, we got a lot of good looks against that zone. They were forced to go man-to-man and then we were driving to the rim and got the matchups we wanted. It was good to go against both of those defenses, and Catholic Memorial applies good full court pressure, which was a good challenge for us … getting girls in there to go against that pressure.”
Schmutzler played a key role again defensively, disrupting passing lanes.
“Defensively we did a good job,” Stollberg said. “We created a lot of offense with deflections and steals. Aubrey is getting 10 to 15 deflections a game herself. She has had up to 15, which is crazy. She might have had 10 deflections in the first half. A lot of those turned into steals for herself and her teammates.
“Playing the top of the 1-3-1, that makes ball reversal difficult for teams. They want to spread the floor and get the ball to the corners. With her reading the eyes and getting deflections, that was key to our zone. It’s been huge for us.”
Watertown hosts Edgewood in a Badger South game on Thursday.
“They’ve been playing well,” Stollberg said. “They are the best three-win team in the state. It’s going to be a battle. It will be a tough game for us.”
CATHOLIC MEMORIAL 45
Catholic Memorial 15 30 — 45
Watertown 42 20 — 62
Catholic Memorial (fg-ft-tp) — Crow 0-2-2, Drosen 2-3-7, Baumann 1-0-2, Nimz 11-6-28, Lewendoski 3-0-6. Totals 17 11-24 45.
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Zubke 1-0-2, Clark 1-0-2, Koepp 4-2-12, Hendricks 3-1-7, Gifford 1-1-3, Schmutzler 3-2-8, Korducki 4-2-10, Maas 6-2-14, Moldenhauer 2-0-4. Totals 25 10-21 62.
Three-point goals — W, Koepp 2
Total fouls — WCM 17, W 20