Girls basketball: Ships junior Fischer scores 32 in win at Oostburg

Girls basketball: Ships junior Fischer scores 32 in win at Oostburg

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Girls basketball: Ships junior Fischer scores 32 in win at Oostburg

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OOSTBURG

Manitowoc Lincoln girls basketball coach Kate Deiters had a message for her standout junior guard, Alyssa Fischer, prior to Saturday’s non-conference tilt at Oostburg.

“We put it on her,” Deiters said. “We said, ‘in this game, take over.'”

The Ships were confident Fischer had it in her, and the guard proved it.

Fischer exploded for a career-high 32 points, including 12 in a tight fourth quarter, as the Ships pulled out a 64-63 road win over the perennial small-school powerhouse.

Coming off a 57-46 loss at Bay Port on Friday night, Deiters, the first-year coach, was proud of her team from bouncing back despite missing three starters.

“Words can’t express it. I’m so excited for our girls, not only for battling back from last night’s loss, but to do with minus three starters. To come away with a win is huge.”

Starters Hailee Kotche and Alyssa Grotegut each turned ankles in Friday’s loss and did not suit up. Fellow starter Mallory Dixon was not with the team.

“We’ve had a lot of close games, but we haven’t been able to finish them,” Deiters. “It’s nice to get one. They gave it their everything.”

Fischer was aggressive, in part due to her coach’s words, and also due to the 1-on-1 matchup with Oostburg star senior Maranda Huibregtse.

“It was fun. I love playing players faster than me,” the 5-foot-10 Fischer said of the 5-foot-7 Huibregtse. “It keeps me on my heels. (Huibregtse) is an amazing player.”

Both Lincoln (6-9 overall) and Oostburg (12-3 overall) came out firing.

Fischer and Huibregtse couldn’t be stopped early on. Fischer had 13 and Huibregtse had 10in the first quarter, and the Ships led 24-23 after eight frenetic minutes of play.

“Two great players going at it,” said Oostburg coach Lisa Immel.

Huibregtse finished with 21 points, but Fischer took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of her 32 down the stretch.

“She did a good job of doing what she does,” said Deiters.

Deiters praised players like senior Micaela Jagemann, especially for her passing and rebounding, senior Stephanie Winans for her strong play down low and offensive touch.

Jagemann added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Winans added eight points and five rebounds.

“Everyone played well,” she said.

While Fischer was taking over offensively, Lincoln’s defense hunkered down in the fourth quarter. Oostburg had just two turnovers in the first three quarters, but committed six in the fourth with the game in the balance.

Before Saturday’s narrow win, Manitowoc was just 1-5 in games decided by single digits. It’s been a learn-as-you-go season for the Ships and for Deiters, who was named head coach just weeks before the season got going.

The team continues to get better, and the hope is this impressive victory will lead to more like them.

“We love our coach, she’s so positive,” Fischer said Fischer. “Our record doesn’t show what kind of team we are. We’ve been very competitive, sometimes it clicks, and we’re able to pull together.”

Manitowoc
24
20
4
15 — 64

Oostburg
23
17
12
11 — 63

Manitowoc— Kliment 6, Fischer 32, Jagemann 12, Wrolson 2, Spindler 2, Winans 8, Walters 2. 3-pt: Kliment 1, Fischer 4. FT: 13-15. Fouls: 19.

Oostburg— Huibregtse 21, Bartenstein 3, Gabrielse 2, J. Hranicka 10, VanStelle 12, Boldt 10, T. Hranicka 2, Hartmann 4. 3-pt: Huibregtse 2, Bartenstein 1, VanStelle 4, Boldt 1. FT: 14-18. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Huibregtse.

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