Trojans finally knock off Falcons
HUSTISFORD — Senior guard Julia Holtz led all scorers with 26 points to carry Dodgeland’s girls basketball team to a 46-42 Trailways East win over Hustisford on Tuesday.
Dodgeland (7-7, 3-3 in conference) forced some early turnovers and got out in transition to build its biggest lead of the game at 19-12.
Hustisford (6-6, 4-1) closed the half on a 7-1 run to make it a 20-19 game at halftime. Holtz broke the deadlock in the second half, scoring 18 of her points. She finished 13-for-17 at the free throw line, including 12-of-15 shooting in the second half with eight of her final 10 attempts coming over the final five minutes to seal the victory.
“It was really great for her to have that opportunity to seal that victory,” Dodgeland girls basketball coach Barry Hinrichsen said. “She works hard and she deserves that opportunity.”
The Trojans limited their turnovers to seven in the second half while finishing the game with 10 steals. They also found success on the boards. Senior guard Meygan Benzing had eight rebounds while freshman forward Adrianne Bader had eight rebounds to go with her 10 points. Senior forward Katie Loomis led Dodgeland on the glass with nine rebounds.
“The girls really played hard,” Hinrichsen said. “That was the key. We wanted to pressure. We talked about how we don’t want to play a halfcourt game with Husty. We wanted to pick up the pace and get some easy buckets. That definitely helped us. We created some opportunities and we rebounded well against a team that is difficult to rebound against. We need to enjoy this and be proud of what they did and build on it. We can play with anybody as long as we play hard and limit turnovers and make free throws.”
Freshman guard Rylei Collien and senior forward Cassidy Ewert each had 10 points for Hustisford. Collien added two steals and two assists. Ewert added seven rebounds.
“I’ve got to give Barry and his girls a lot of credit,” Hustisford girls basketball coach Mack McPherson said after losing to the Trojans for just the second time in his seven seasons with the program. “They are one of the most improved teams in the conference. I thought we did well establishing an inside game but we missed a lot of shots in the first half and that carried over in the second half. When you turn the ball over 20 plus times and shoot 6-for-20 from the free throw line in a close game, it’s not going to end well.
“The story of the game was we couldn’t put away some shots down low. I think we got the short end of a couple things, but you can’t leave it in the hands of the refs. We’ve got to go out and play through it. We did a good job on (Holtz) the whole night, but she hit free throws down the stretch and that’s what made the difference.”
Hustisford travels to play Wayland on Friday. Dodgeland’s next game is also a road game at Wayland on Thursday, Jan. 17.
DODGELAND 46, HUSTISFORD 42
Dodgeland 20 26 — 46
Hustisford 19 23 — 42
Dodgeland (fg-ft-tp) — Schreier 1-0-2, Holtz 5-13-26, Benzing 2-0-4, Firari 1-0-2, Loomis 1-0-2, Bader 4-2-10 Totals 14 15-23 46.
Hustisford (fg-ft-tp) — Collien 4-0-10, C. Ewert 3-3-10, S. Peplinski 3-1-8, A. Peplinski 3-1-7, Fredrick 3-1-7. Totals 16 6-20 42.
Three-point goals — D, Holtz 3; H, Collien 2, C. Ewert, S. Peplinski
Total fouls — D 18, H 21
Technical foul — H, S. Peplinski