A month into the prep basketball season, only one area school remains undefeated, the Manitowoc Lincoln girls basketball team at 5-0 and 3-0 in the Fox River Classic Conference.
Two more schools, the Roncalli boys (7-1, 5-1 Olympian Conference) and girls (4-1, 3-1 OC), have just one loss with both teams a play here or there from being in Lincoln’s ranks. The Jets boys lost in a highly contested game to Wrightstown while the girls fell in triple overtime to Reedsville.
Lincoln coach Jamie Ullman is pleased with how his team has fared so far this season.
“We’re exactly where we thought we would be at this point,” Ullman said. “We knew if we could get past Sheboygan North there was a good chance we’d be undefeated after five games.”
With that said, the toughest test lays in wait for the Ships on Friday, when Lincoln hosts defending Division 1 State champions and fellow unbeaten De Pere (6-0, 3-0).
“De Pere is the team everyone inspires to be like,” Ullman added. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of knocking them off and until we do we can’t claim to be the class of the FRCC.”
One area Ullman had hoped for improvement on is team defense, which he’s seen get better every time his team takes the court. The Ships haven’t allowed more than 42 points all season while scoring at least 69 in three out of five games.
A reason for this has been the offensive maturation of Alyssa Fischer along with the inside presence of the Wolowicz sisters, Meg and Katherine.
“Alyssa has taken a gigantic leap forward offensively between her freshman and sophomore season,” Ullman stated. “Then when you add in the Wolowicz sisters both just give us much needed help in the post, this team has the ability to contend with anyone.”