Watertown girls beat Menomonee Falls
MENOMONEE FALLS — Sophomore guard Aubrey Schmutzler led three players in double figures with 14 points as Watertown’s girls basketball team defeated Menomonee Falls 42-24 in a nonconference game on Saturday.
Menomonee Falls (3-12) took a 20-17 lead into halftime. Watertown (12-4) outscored Menomonee Falls 25-4 in the second half.
In the second half, senior guard Jenna Koepp scored nine of her 11 points while sophomore forward Teya Maas scored eight of her 12 points. Schmutzler had eight points in the first half and six in the second half.
“They won last night over a Wauwatosa West team with a winning record, so they came into the game with some momentum,” Watertown girls basketball coach Matt Stollberg said.
“It’s not like we played a terrible first half. We just could not by a basket. That was also the case against Edgewood on Thursday. We still had a tough time scoring in the second half, but Jenna hit back-to-back step-back 3s to give us a little cushion. She just said, ‘Enough’s enough’ and hit two fairly impossible shots that most people aren’t going to hit.
“We only gave up four points the entire second half, so that helped. We typically have defense to fall back on. We’re not always the most prolific scoring team. There are nights when we can get it rolling, but a lot of times, we’re a grind-it-out offense. This was one of those games where we did what we had to.”
Stollberg was pleased to report that his players set a new record with 48 deflections in the game. Schmutzler had 13 of those deflections, while Koepp and Maas each added 12.
“The fact that Jenna at her size can get 12 deflections is pretty impressive,” Stollberg said.
Koepp also had six steals and four assists. Maas had nine rebounds.
“We only turned it over six times the whole game and we got to the line,” Stollberg said.
“Defense was the biggest thing. When you can hold a team to four points in a half, you are in pretty good shape. From Saturday to Saturday, we played four games.
“We didn’t have much legs on Thursday, but they are doing everything they can and playing as hard as they can. It was a tiring week. It will be good to get a couple days rest before we play again.”
Watertown plays at Milton on Tuesday.
MENOMONEE FALLS 24
Watertown 17 25 — 42
Menomonee Falls 20 4 — 24
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Koepp 4-0-11, Hendricks 1-0-2, Schmutzler 5-4-14, Korducki 0-3-3, Maas 4-4-12. Totals 14 11-16 42.
Menomonee Falls (fg-ft-tp) — Kroeninger 1-2-4, Parker-Fox 4-0-8, Stiller 1-0-2, Matthieson 1-0-2, Jafuta 2-3-8. Totals 9 5-8 24.
Three-point goals — W, Koepp 3; MF, Jafuta.
Total fouls — W 11, MF 15.