The beginning of the prep girls basketball season wasn’t kind to most of the Sheboygan County girls basketball teams. That doesn’t mean, though, that a number of local squads haven’t been able to turn things around. Will the holiday break slow any of them down?
The only area team without a blemish currently on its schedule is Sheboygan North, whose 62-44 win over crosstown and Fox River Classic Conference rival Sheboygan South propelled it to 6-0 over and 3-0 in the FRCC.
The next above .500 record team the Golden Raiders — ranked No. 5 in the WisSports.net Division 1 Coaches Poll — will face will be Pulaski (4-3, 2-2 FRCC) on Jan. 7.
North hosts Appleton West (2-5) for a non-conference game on Dec. 30 and Manitowoc Lincoln (2-4, 2-2 FRCC) on Jan. 4.
Oostburg, Sheboygan Christian and Plymouth, meanwhile, are on hot streaks of their own after each suffered early-season defeats.
After starting 1-1, the Flying Dutchmen are on a three-game winning streak.
The Eagles, which fell in their second game 44-35 to host New Holstein, have rattled off six wins in a row.
And the Panthers, having dropped their first two games, have rebounded to run their win streak to four.
Oostburg will look to extend its streak on Friday as it kicks off the Fond du Lac Tournament, with its opening game coming against.
If the Flying Dutchmen win, they would play the winner of the Menasha (0-7)-Fond du Lac (1-6) matchup on Saturday.
Oostburg then will have the opportunity to end Christian’s streak. The Eagles, in the midst of a 15-day gameless streak, will visiting the Flying Dutchmen on Jan. 3 for a critical Central Lakeshore Conference game that could have potential title implications — Oostburg is 3-0 in the CLC while Christian holds the top spot in the standings at 5-0.
Like Christian, Plymouth is also in the middle of a 15-day break from game action. The Panthers’ next game is on Jan. 3 and will also have possible conference title implications as the Panthers host Eastern Wisconsin Conference foe Kiel (3-4).
After starting the season 0-3, Kiel has rebounded to win three of its last four games and is tied for second in the EWC at 3-1. Plymouth currently occupies the No. 1 spot with a 4-0 EWC record.