Goslings rout Portage in girls opener
Watertown girls basketball coach Matt Stollberg wasn’t anticipating a blowout win in the season opener, but he’ll certainly take it.
Senior guard Brianna Hendricks led a balanced attack with 18 points as Watertown easily defeated Portage 51-28 on Friday at WHS.
The Goslings hit five of their six 3-pointers in the game in the first half to take a 28-12 lead into the break. Senior guard Jenna Koepp scored all nine of her points in the opening half on three triples, while Hendricks hit two of her 3s in the first half to finish with 10 of her points.
“Portage brings back their whole team, with most of their scoring essentially from last year,” Stollberg said. “Last year was a couple possession game. It came down to the wire, so we were expecting the same type of thing, so we were pleasantly surprised at being able to pull away, and for our team to put up 51 points is always a good thing.”
Watertown found plenty of success in transition. When she wasn’t hitting 3s, Hendricks was running the floor and finishing. So was sophomore guard Aubrey Schmutzler, who added seven points while sharing point guard duties with Koepp.
“We figured (Schmutlzer) would play well),” Stollberg said.
“You never know when somebody is playing varsity for the first time. The way she’s been practicing and the way she scrimmaged, we pretty much knew what we would get out of her defensively. Offensively, she was consistent and finishing her layups and being aggressive.
“I think she had quite a few good assists as well (plus she took) half of the point guard duties as a first time varsity player. She did a really nice job keeping things settled down and taking care of the ball.”
Senior forward Bri Korducki added five points. Freshman guard Lily Gifford scored four. Sophomore forward Teya Maas and junior guard Alayna Clark each added three. Junior forward Rachel Moldenhauer added two.
“We had really balanced scoring, too,” Stollberg said. “Brianna Hendricks scored 18 points. She hit a lot of shots and got some steals and the nice thing is she had to finish tough layups in transition.
“We’re pretty young. We start two sophomores and a freshman. For Lily to come in, she scored on her first shot, which was a layup. That was good to get the jitters out there.
“We were expecting more of an up and down game. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but we were pretty consistent throughout. We rely on our defense. Defensively, when you can hold teams under 30 points, that’s huge.”
Watertown travels to Madison on Tuesday for the Badger South opener against Edgewood.
WATERTOWN 51, PORTAGE 28
Portage 12 16 — 28
Watertown 28 23 — 51
Portage (fg-ft-tp) — Wilson 2-3-7, Yelk 3-5-14, Roth 1-0-2, Nelson 1-0-2, Shofreed 0-2-2, Schwartz 0-1-1 Totals 7 11-26 28
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Clark 1-1-3, Koepp 3-0-9, Hendricks 7-1-18, Gifford 2-0-4, Schmutzler 3-1-7, Korducki 2-1-5, Maas 1-1-3, Moldenhauer 1-0-2 Totals 20 5-14 51
Three-point goals — P, Yelk 3; W, Koepp 3, Hendricks 3
Total fouls — P 18. W 22
Fouled out — P, Bellean