Saturday, December 21, 2013

Crusader girls best the Warriors

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 56
Muskego 51
North helps lift Crusaders
CMH wins first in Classic 8
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Tori North knew her teammates had it in them to win a Classic 8 Conference game.

Perhaps more importantly, Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball coach Therese Dejewski knew North had it in her to help her team win.

North, a sophomore, came up with a season-high 20 points as the Crusaders posted their first league victory with a 56-51 decision over winless Muskego on Friday.

“Everyone was doing their job on the floor,” North said. “The team played really well. It was pretty nerve-wracking, but I knew we had to keep our patience.”

“Tori’s capable of that,” Dejewski said. “It was a nice night for her to come out and have a day. It was just a matter of asserting herself on offense. We’ve been talking to her the last few days about not being afraid to assert herself.”

North, who made 7 of 11 shots from the field, was perhaps most assertive when it counted the most.

Her team was trailing 48-44 with just over four minutes remaining when she nailed a 3-pointer and 48 seconds later another Tori, senior Tori Hodorowski, drilled another 3 pointer – with North getting the assist – to give the Crusaders a 50-49 lead they never relinquished.

“North’s shot – and Hodorowski’s shot – were probably the biggest two
shots of the night,” Dejewski said. “I feel as if we’ve been close but we weren’t able to put a complete game together. We still have a way to go and we left some points out there, but I’m happy we were able to get over the hump.”

Memorial (1-3 in league) did have some help from the Warriors (0-4), who were outscored 12-3 in the final 4:50 of the game, making just 1 of 7 shots from the field and 1 of 8 free throws with two turnovers down the stretch.

“We have a lot of kids who haven’t had a lot of varsity experience and being in a tight game was a new experience, too,” Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. “The pressure got to us. We missed a lot of free throws and it’s a learning experience. We had a chance to win the game and we had a lot of players step up, but we also had a lot of mental breakdowns and Memorial took advantage.”

Seven of North’s points came in the final quarter and she was backed in scoring by senior Dena Dryer with 14 points and Hodorowski with nine. Dryer led Memorial in rebounds with nine and junior Nicole Piette had eight.

Muskego took advantage of 2-for-12 shooting by Memorial in the opening quarter to take a 14-7 lead but the Crusaders stormed back with 9-for-13 shooting to take a 28-24 halftime lead – a lead Memorial retained until the final quarter when a 9-2 run gave the Warriors a 48-44 lead and prompted a Memorial time out.

“There was still time and
I felt as if the girls still had an opportunity to make some shots and still had a run in them,” Dejewski said. “It was just a matter of finishing.”

North came out of the timeout with a 3-pointer, but freshman Hannah Kath made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Warriors a 49-47 advantage.

Hodorowski’s 3-pointer gave Memorial the lead and Muskego had no answers, missing six of seven shots and all six free throws from there on.

Memorial had its own free-throw issues, making only 17 of 33 and Dryer, the
team’s leading scorer who was 5 for 13 from the free throw line, admitted they were a definite problem.

“Our transition was pretty good, and our pace really helped,” Dryer said. “We really worked on our transition game and we had good passes, which led to good shots. It feels good to finally win. We’ve been working hard in practice and it paid off.”

Sophomore Emily Schulte led Muskego with 11 points, while senior Dani Abella scored 10 points and senior Sammy Schneiker nine – her points on three 3-pointers.
Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Top: Catholic Memorial senior Bridget Farley, left, and Muskego junior Kortney Hungelmann-Skiba compete for a rebound Friday. 
Bottom: Catholic Memorial senior Bailey Finnegan takes a shot over Muskego defenders, from left, Johna Radke, Kortney Hungelmann- Skiba and Vicki Jansen on Friday. 

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