Watertown girls fall to Bay Port in regional final
BAY PORT — Junior guard/forward Emma Nagel scored 14 points and junior point guard McKenzie Johnson added 13 as top-seeded Bay Port defeated eighth-seeded Watertown 48-32 in a WIAA Division 1 regional championship game on Saturday.
Nagel scored eight of her points in the first half while Johnson poured in all 13 of her points for the Pirates, who led 30-15 at halftime.
“They went on a run near the end of first half, and that was the story of the game,” Watertown girls basketball coach Matt Stollberg said. “We got it closer. We cut it to 11. We just couldn’t get over the hump. We held them to 18 second-half points. The kids adjusted to stay in the game, but we just didn’t have enough offensively tonight to beat them.
“The kids played pretty hard. Bay Port is 23-1 and ranked fourth in the state. We have nothing to hang our heads about. They are doing fine. It is what it is.”
Bay Port (23-1) advances to face fourth-seeded Germantown in a sectional semifinal in Hartford on Thursday.
Stollberg saluted the careers of outgoing seniors Jenna Koepp, Brianna Hendricks, Payton Zubke and Brianne Korducki.
“The tough part is the four seniors have been really good for us,” Stollberg said. “They have been such good leaders. Those four have been great all year and great in their careers. They set the tone for how to be unselfish and how to be a leader. They gave a lot to the program for the future.”
Stollberg also credited coaches and JV players with preparation this past week.
“We had a really good week of practice,” Stollberg said. “We had four JV kids who came up and helped. Our assistant coaches did so much in our scout teams. They put us in position to have two really good games this weekend.”
BAY PORT 48,
Watertown 15 17 — 32
Bay Port 30 18 — 48
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Koepp 2-0-4, Hendricks 0-1-1, Schmutzler 5-1-11, Korducki 3-0-6, Maas 4-2-10. Totals 14 4-6 32.
Bay Port (fg-ft-tp) — Krause 0-1-1, Krueger 2-0-6, Abel 2-2-6, Johnson 4-1-13, Nagel 6-2-14, Draak 4-0-8. Totals 18 6-13 48.
Three-point goals — BP, Krueger 2, Johnson 4.
Total fouls — W 13, BP 10.