Girls basketball: Reedsville trumps Brillion

Girls basketball: Reedsville trumps Brillion

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Girls basketball: Reedsville trumps Brillion

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The last time the Reedsville girls basketball team squared off with Brillion, the Panthers escaped with a one-point road victory.

The Reedsville team which showed up on Tuesday night was one which appeared determined to avoid another nail-biter.

A collective effort lifted the Panthers to a 63-46 Olympian Conference win over Brillion.

It’s difficult to quantify, but Reedsville hustled hard throughout the contest, hitting the floor for loose balls, crashing the boards for rebounds on both sides of the court, and maintaining a level of intensity which led to the decisive victory.

“We kind of demand that. We work that hard in practice,” Panthers head coach Paul Ourada said. “We played over there last time and we beat them by one and it wasn’t a very good game. I think there was a little pride in it. They sucked it up and got after those loose balls.”

Brillion had the hot hand early. The Lions knocked down six of their first seven shots to open up the game. However, Reedsville was able to remain within striking distance and trailed by just two at the end of the quarter.

The Panthers’ offense came to life in the second. Reedsville hung up 20 points in the eight-minute span, including eight from Riley Grimm, to take an 11-point lead at the half.

In the final two quarters, the Panthers continued their strong play and sealed the victory.

Lauren Holschbach scored 12 of her team-high 17 points in the second half.

Brenna Kiekhaefer joined Holschbach in double figures by tallying 15 points of her own, while Grimm finished the game with 13.

“We really moved the ball. We had three girls in double figures, that’s pretty good,” Ourada said. “We’re going to win a lot of games when we score like that.”

With the win, Reedsville improves to 13-1 overall and 10-1 in the OC. The Panthers continue to sit in the top spot in the conference standings and now hold a 2½-game lead over Manitowoc Lutheran, St. Mary Central, and Brillion, who are in a three-way tie for second.

“The cushion is nice. We have room to slip up, but the goal is not to,” Ourada said. “Their goal is not to lose a game the rest of the year. They made that their goal after we got beat and they’re living up to it now. We’ve had some tough games, but they’re living up to it.”

Brillion…12 7 14 13
— 46


Reedsville10 20 14 19 — 63

Brillion — Van Thiel 2, Beimborn 8, Fischer 3, Piepenburg 3, Brault 7, Lemke 22, Klessig 1. 3-pt: None. FT: 12-21. Fouls: 16.

Reedsville — Dietrich 8, Roffers 4, Otto 2, Shehan 4, Grimm 13, Kiekhaefer 15, Holschbach 17. 3-pt: Dietrich, Holschbach. FT: 11-17. Fouls: 22.

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