Prep Basketball: Formidable Four: TR girls set for rematch with Kiel

Prep Basketball: Formidable Four: TR girls set for rematch with Kiel

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Prep Basketball: Formidable Four: TR girls set for rematch with Kiel

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For the better part of the last two weeks, the Two Rivers girls basketball team has sat perched atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings.

When it comes to EWC play, things have pretty much gone the Raiders’ way, but there’s one exception.

Back on Dec. 19, host Kiel topped TR 54-50. That game accounted for Two Rivers’ only conference loss to date and was one of only two losses this season.

The two teams meet again Friday in Two Rivers. Though TR’s players are likely well aware of the circumstances, their head coach hopes that they attack this contest just as they did in their previous 11 wins.

“Our goal is to contend for the conference championship,” Two Rivers head coach Mike Schultz said. “It’s another conference game. Obviously they beat us, but we’re just taking it as another game.”

Schultz added that he felt Kiel was the more physical team the last time around. Raiders head coach Jeremy Bushman hopes that trend continues.

“We preach to our kids…the more physical we are, that’s going to make other teams uncomfortable and that’s going to make them do things that they don’t want to do,” Bushman said. “This group of kids I have this year, they’re blue-collar. They get after it. They are downright just basketball players. They will do whatever it takes to win.”

Schultz knows that when Kiel comes to town, it will hope to maintain the level of tenacity it brought to the table when the two teams last met. He plans to have his squad prepared for another physical game.

“We need to be a little stronger with the ball and take care of it just a little bit better. I think we turned it over a little bit too much against them last time,” Schultz said. “That kind of led to our downfall.”

The game features the conference’s three leading scorers. Kiel’s Cassie Schweitzer leads the EWC in that category at 15 points per game. Two Rivers’ Kenzie (13.2) and Alexi Walesh (11.6) are second and third, respectively.

TR had its hands full with Schweitzer, who collected 13 points Kiel’s win over Two Rivers in December. But it wasn’t just Schweitzer, Mia Voland (13) and Maddie Dahmer (10) also scored double digits in the game. Bushman hopes to see his squad replicate that type of offensive balance on Friday night.

“The more balanced we can be, the more explosive I think we can be as well,” Bushman said. “In order for us to be successful, we need to have the second or third person who is able to score to keep us competitive and keep some pressure off of Cassie.”

Meanwhile, Schultz knows his team needs to be ready to defend each of Kiel’s players at any given moment.

“(Schweitzer) is going to get her points. She’s a good player. You can’t let her go off and score 20 points against you, but she’s going to get her 12, 15 points,” Schultz said. “I think the last game, the other girls really hurt us more so than she did. Their girls really stepped up last game. It balanced out their scoring and made them harder to defend.”

Formidable Four

Boys

1. Roncalli (14-1, 11-0)

2. Valders (13-2, 9-2)

3. Reedsville (9-5, 6-5)

4. Two Rivers (8-7, 4-4)

Girls

1. Reedsville (13-1, 10-1)

2. Two Rivers (11-2, 7-1)

3. Kiel (7-6, 5-3)

4. Man. Lutheran (8-5, 7-3)

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