Raccoons downed by Wisco in WLT opener
Although Oconomowoc's varsity girls basketball team was defeated in its Dec. 14 conference opener, there were positives.
Visiting Wisconsin Lutheran, one of the favored teams this season in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference, pulled away in the second half, posting a 56-40 victory over the Raccoons.
"We got some good looks tonight, but sometimes they don't go down," OHS head girls basketball coach Bob Shea said. "But I think the kids gained some confidence tonight. We were there hanging around but just never able to pull back in."
Oconomowoc went ahead of the Vikings 18-17 on a 15-foot jump shot from sophomore Erin Vande Zande with 2:10 remaining in the first half, and the Raccoons held a 1-point lead until just before the halftime horn, when Vikings senior Hannah Kren knocked down a 3-pointer, putting the guests in front, 24-22.
The Raccoons went cold from the field to start the third quarter but pulled to within four points 30-26 when junior Zoe Quinette made good on a left-handed layup at the 3:10 mark of the period.
Oconomowoc trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter, 40-31, and couldn't mount a rally thereafter.
Kren and senior Kelsey Frey each scored 14 points for Wisconsin Lutheran (4-1). Junior Caitlin Knueppel had 7 points.
Senior Sydney Snyder scored 13 points to pace Oconomowoc's offense. Senior Abby Natzke scored 12 points for the Raccoons. Sophomore Baylee Barker finished the game with 7 points and classmate Erin Vande Zande scored 6 points.
"Wisco plays a lot of different defenses," Shea said. "I saw them earlier this week and they played four different defenses/ We struggled on the boards and against a team like Wisco that has multiple shooters, which can cost you."
The Raccoons (1-4) play at West Bend West on Dec. 18.
"We learned some things tonight," Shea said. "We'll be OK."
Wisconsin Lutheran 56, Oconomowoc 40
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