Watertown rally fizzles in loss to Oregon
So many missed chances.
Watertown’s girls basketball team trailed by seven with less than 10 minutes remaining against Oregon Friday night, but had multiple chances to rally to victory.
The Goslings missed too many of them and wound up on the wrong end of a 46-38 score in a Badger South game at WHS.
Junior Liz Uhl scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the first half for Oregon (12-8, 6-6 in conference), while junior Kaitlyn Schrimpf poured in nine of her 12 points in the second half.
Watertown (13-6, 7-4) trailed 32-25 but went on a 7-2 run to cut Oregon’s lead to 34-32. Sophomore forward Teya Maas converted a three-point play to make it a two-point game with 5:54 left.
Schrimpf answered with a 3 from the corner 18 seconds later, then scored her team’s next four points as part of a game-clinching 9-2 run. The Panthers were active in the passing lanes and came up with several steals and deflections against Watertown’s halfcourt offense and put the game away at the line, making 11-of-16 free throws in the second half.
Maas and senior guard Jenna Koepp each had 11 points to lead Watertown.
In addition to the turnovers, Watertown shot just 11-of-20 at the free throw line and missed on some transition opportunities after securing steals or defensive rebounds.
“It was not our best performance,” Watertown girls basketball coach Matt Stollberg said.
“We really struggled in a lot of facets, and yet somehow we were still in it. It’s frustrating. From a turnover standpoint, it feels like we really regressed tonight. It’s better that it happens now as opposed to the first round of the playoffs, but it will be up to our kids to take this one to heart and to correct it.
“Fortunately, we jump right back in with another game tomorrow night (a rescheduled game at Monona Grove tonight at 7:15 p.m.). That will be a huge challenge.”
Oregon was coming off wins over Monroe and Stoughton and salvaged a season split with Watertown with the victory.
“They are playing well, but at the same time, we had every opportunity in the world to win the game and we just kept making mental mistakes,” Stollberg said. “Part of it I guess maybe is we’ve only had school every other day. We didn’t have practice yesterday, so we have no routine right now.
“It was good that we had a tough victory (at Fort Atkinson) on Tuesday, but we did not look like we were ready to play. We’ll regroup tomorrow before we get on the bus and hopefully we’ll have a good performance.”
JV falls JV2 wins: Watertown’s junior varsity lost 47-44. Avalon Uecke scored 14 points and Sydney Linskens added 10 for the Goslings. Watertown’s JV2 team won 46-29. Sydney Bolden and Riley Quinn each scored 18 to lead Watertown.
OREGON 46, WATERTOWN 38
Oregon 21 25 — 46
Watertown 19 19 — 38
Oregon (fg-ft-tp) — Peterson 1-0-2, J. Statz 3-0-9, Spilde 0-3-3, Schrimpf 4-2-12, Kane 0-1-1, Uhl 4-5-15, Roberts 0-4-4 Totals 12 15-23 46
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Koepp 3-3-11, Hendricks 1-0-2, Gifford 1-2-5, Schmutzler 2-0-4, Korducki 2-1-5, Maas 3-5-11 Totals 12 11-20 38
Three-point goals — O, J. Statz 3, Spilde 2, Uhl 2; W, Koepp 2, Gifford 1
Total fouls — O 19, W 19