Shorewood girls pass Tosa test, look forward to Bay tourney
Team also routs St. Francis, stands 7-0
Intense defensive pressure did the trick for the Shorewood girls basketball team on Dec. 17, as the Greyhounds passed their first major hurdle of the season with an impressive 42-20 pasting of Wauwatosa West.
"It was a very good game for us," said Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers, whose team also routed St. Francis on Friday. "We ran our 1-3-1 zone and like we did in the Greendale game (earlier this season) we did a good job of identifying their shooters.
"We were very active (defensively). Made it very tough for them to get a good shot."
And with those two wins, the surprising 7-0 Greyhounds give themselves another chance to really define themselves as they enter the Whitefish Bay tourney Friday and Saturday. They take on the host Blue Dukes (4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then play Nicolet at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Bay presents a unique challenge with 6-2 guard/forward and Northwestern recruit Maya Jonas leading the way.
"It's a very interesting event," Eimers said. "We're really looking forward to it. We're very happy to be invited to this event. A few years ago (when the Greyhounds were struggling), I don't think we would have been invited. We'll see how it goes."
If the Greyhounds play defense the way they did against West, it should go quite well. They held the Trojans (4-3) to just nine points in the first three quarters combined, racing out to a 28-9 advantage in that time.
Offensively, Eimers admitted that his team struggled a bit, but did enough to get the job done.
Post Jada Stackhouse led the way with 15 points, including seven-of-10 free throws, while point guard Aisling Moloney had nine, Annie Leo eight and Grace Hayes seven. Leo hit two 3-pointers for Shorewood.
"We knew that Tosa West would be a very worthy opponent," Eimers said, "and we did what we needed to do to earn a pretty decisive victory."
The 61-16 rout of winless St. Francis was a fun night for the Greyhounds on Friday, as they raced out to a 22-0 first quarter advantage.
"I think our starters played just over a quarter," Eimers said. "It was a chance to get everyone in to play. We wanted everyone to score and we certainly tried. Only one didn't."
A total of 10 players got into the scorebook for the Greyhounds including Leo with 13 (including two 3-pointers), Stackhouse with 11 and Sarah Mackowski, Nancy Norkett and Alexis Carter with six each.
Eimers is very pleased with the team's progress to this point. Especially considering the fact that they lost their best player, forward Robbie Holland, to a knee injury before the campaign started.
"We're very proud," he said. "A lot of good things have happened to us so far, and the girls seem very fired up and a little more confident each game."
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