After a slow start in the first meeting with Rosholt, the Port Edwards girls basketball team wanted to hit the ground running when they faced the Hornets Friday night.
And run they did.
The Blackhawks scored 31 points in the first half and rode strong rebounding throughout the contest, as they swatted the Hornets 50-36 in a Central Wisconsin Conference-10 contest.
With the victory, the Blackhawks swept the season series with Rosholt, as they also picked up a 33-24 victory on December 18.
“In the first game we only scored 11 points in the first half, so tonight we wanted to come out and set the tone,” Port coach Deb Martin said. “And I think we accomplished that.”
Despite trailing early, Port made up the difference and then some taking a 20-13 lead after the first eight minutes of play powered by a trio of three-pointers, two by Jordyn Kohlbeck and another by Avery Skortz.
Port continued the offensive control in the second quarter, as their defense got into the mix as well by limiting Rosholt to just six points in the frame to take a 31-19 lead at the break.
Aiding the Blackhawks in their early push was their height advantage in the paint. Port Edwards snared 18 boards and forced the Hornets into 14 turnovers.
For the game, Port grabbed 44 rebounds while benefiting from 21 Rosholt turnovers. Port also turned the ball over a lot — 25 times — but due to the rebounding edge, many of those turnovers were negated on missed shots by the Hornets.
Leading Port in rebounds was sophomore Lexi Schraeder and junior Nicole Marshall who both grabbed seven. Kohlbeck and Jordyn Schraeder each added six while Skortz chipped in with five.
“Many of our turnovers were because we were reacting and didn’t plan,” Lexi Schraeder said. “We made a lot of bad passes, but our ability to box out and get the ball back down the court helped a lot.”
Both teams encountered offensive struggles in the third quarter when they combined for just seven points, but Rosholt was able to find its rhythm early in the fourth when they closed the gap to single digits at 39-30.
But as quickly as it began, the rally was cut short when Port scored the next four points to push the lead back to double digits.
Helping the Hornets get back into the game was Bre Richter and Kim Hintz who both scored four points in the frame. Richter and Jasmine Yenter led Rosholt with nine points each.
“We tried to isolate their height with our speed,” Rosholt coach Megan Boldig said. “It worked a little, but not as much as we would have liked.”
ROSHOLT (36): Bre Richter 9, Jasmine Yenter 9, Shantel Cordova 6, Renae Bembenek 6, Kim Hintz 4, Carrissa Wright 2.
PORT EDWARDS (50): Nicole Marshall 13, Jordyn Kohlbeck 10, Bryce Smith 9, Lexi Schraeder 6, Avery Skortz 5, Marissa Ziegler 4, Braylyn Stewart-LaViolette 2, Jordyn Schraeder 1.
3-Pointers: Port Edwards 4 (Kohlbeck 2, Skortz, Smith); Rosholt 1 (Richter.)
Records: Port Edwards 11-3, 9-2 CWC-10, Rosholt 8-6, 7-4 CWC-10.