Shorewood girls breath rare air, tie for Woodland East division lead
9-3 Greyhounds win five of six
Shorewood - Girls basketball coach Jeff Eimers is not sure how this little event happened, but he's sure glad it did.
Because after wins over St. Francis (57-43) and St. Thomas More (39-28) last weekend, the Greyhounds in the new year of 2013 find themselves in a tie for a share of the lead in the Woodland Conference East Division.
Seeing as this event is scarcely two years removed from the Greyhounds multi-season losing streak, it is remarkable indeed.
"We're actually tied with Whitnall (at 5-3 in league play)," Eimers said. "I tell you, it's been a long time since we've been anywhere near a league lead in any conference."
What makes this even more interesting is that the Greyhounds are still winning, despite having point guard Johnna Odom on the sideline with a knee injuryshe suffered a few weeks ago. Eimers said Aisling Moloney has stepped in and done a fine job for the team at the position with help from Annie Leo.
The Greyhounds, an impressive 9-3 overall, took on Cudahy on Tuesday and then will face a critical league test at home on Friday against divisional rival South Milwaukee (4-4).
Eimers, whose team won five of its last six games, points to the three-point victory over Tosa West on Dec. 21 as a turning point.
"I believe that that has been our biggest win so far," he said. "We had to come from behind. It was nice to do that on the road. That gave us some confidence."
Confidence to deal with things like the back-to-back games the Greyhounds had last weekend.
It was a tough turnaround for the Greyhounds to play an afternoon game last Saturday (to accommodate the Green Bay Packers' playoff game) against More. It was reflected in the 6-6 tie at the end of the first quarter.
But Shorewood woke up in the second session and extended the lead to 20-10 at the half and before Eimers could worry yet again, his Greyhounds had extended the margin to 36-15 at the end of three quarters.
"We actually switched to a 1-3-1 defense and that really helped us," Eimers said. "Robbie Holland had a great game (19 points) and Jada (Stackhouse) had 14 points (of her 16 all told) in the first half."
Shorewood could have helped itself at the foul line, as it hit only eight of 20 charity shots. It actually benefitted from the Cavalier way More handled its own free throws, as the team downed only nine of 28 attempts.
Against St. Francis
In the conference win over St. Francis the night before, the Greyhounds actually flipped from a 1-3-1 (zone defense) to a man and that helped the Greyhounds get out on the break and gradually stretch things on the Mariners. It was 12-7 at the quarter, 29-21 at the half and 54-34 at the end of three periods.
Grace Hayes stepped up this night with 21 points, while Eimers' daughter Ashley had 11 and Stackhouse 10.
"It was a pretty good game for us," Eimers said. "The kids had been anxious. It had been a long (holiday) break. We'd gotten a few practices in in that time, but that always tends to be a little sluggish. It was nice to get back (into a couple of games)."
"The highlight for us was how much man (defense) we played. We hadn't done that in quite some time."
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