Greyhounds girls honor late booster by winning own hoops tourney
Shorewood has height, 3-point shooting
Shorewood - When a program is struggling to rebuild like the Shorewood girls basketball team has been for years, it needs supporters like the Greyhounds had in Hersh Larkey.
Larkey was a parent of a former Greyhounds player and passed away about a year-and-a-half ago.
To honor him, Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers decided to name a tournament in his honor. The first tourney was held last weekend and the Greyhounds honored Larkey by recording wins over Racine Horlick (59-41) and Palmyra-Eagle (41-21) to claim the championship and get their 2012-13 season under way.
"A good start and a good man," Eimers said. "We'll have a traveling trophy and keep the tourney ongoing. It was a very good start for us."
The Greyhounds are two years removed from a long winless streak and are coming off an encouraging 7-17 campaign a year ago. The team will build around five returning letter-winners including 5-6 senior guard Johnna Odom, 5-8 junior forward Robbie Holland, and a trio of sophomores including 5-10 forward Grace Hayes, 5-5 guard Aisling Moloney and Eimers' daughter, 5-11 Ashley Eimers.
The Greyhounds get help off the bench from 5-10 freshman Jada Stackhouse and 5-11 junior Lexi Wiley.
"This will be a balanced team," Eimers said. "On any given night, any one of six different players can be our leading scorer. Because of some issues with depth, we will be more of a halfcourt team though (we) will try to run at times."
Eimers feels that 3-point shooting will be a big help to the team as it hit five of them in the win over Horlick, and he also likes his team's height. He said that the team can be competitive in a great many games in the Woodland Conference this winter.
They got their league schedule under way this week with a game played against Cudahy on Tuesday and then they travel to Brown Deer on Friday.
In the Larkey final Saturday against Palmyra Eagle, the Greyhounds held their visitors to just seven second-half points as they outscored them in every period.
Moloney had 14 points to lead the way while Ashley Eimers had seven and Hayes six.
In the semifinal Friday against Horlick, Shorewood took a 28-12 halftime advantage and then coasted home as Hayes had 17 points, Odom 12, Moloney 10 and Stackhouse nine.
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