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By Dennis Semrau
Sports Reporter 

Eagles girls split a pair


November 30, 2017

Riley Breunig (11) and Sauk Prairie's girls basketball team defeated Beloit Memorial last week.

Sophomore Ella Schad was struggling from 3-point range to open the season.

But as the adage goes, shooters shoot to get hot and shooters shoot to stay hot.

That rang true for Schad last Saturday after she sank four first-half three-pointers to spark Sauk Prairie to a 71-33 rout of host Beloit Memorial in a prep girls non-conference basketball game.

"Ella was 2-of-12 in our first game against River Valley, but I told her if she's open to keep shooting," Sauk Prairie coach Amber Fiene said.

Schad took her coach's advice and sank a pair of threes to jump-start an early surge and the rest of the Eagles took it from there, sinking a season-best 15 three-pointers.

"We started hitting shots and it was nice to see our system in play," Fiene said of the program's new emphasis on spreading the floor and taking open threes. "The girls had a lot of confidence and it was nice to see us have a quick start. I've been telling the girls we can't slow down, we can't have a slow start. We have to come out with a bang."

Sauk Prairie (2-2) got a pair of threes from Schad and two putback baskets to jump out to an 11-2 lead and never looked back.

"We're expecting everyone to score and not have just one dominant scorer," said Schad, who also finished with a team-high five steals and four assists. "We're all learning to shoot and score and take our chances."

Schad finished with a career-high 14 points, junior Camryn Ballweg added 12 points, including two threes, and freshman Naomi Breunig chipped in with 10 points, including one trey, to pace Sauk Prairie.

Junior Riley Breunig also sank three threes and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

"It was pretty exciting. We got off to a good start. That helped us set the tempo for the rest of the game," said Ballweg, who also finished with five rebounds, four assists and a steal. "I felt like we weren't just throwing up shots when we were being guarded. We got good looks and didn't force anything."

The Eagles have had four different leading scorers in four games, which Fiene took pride in.

"I like seeing the different leading scorers and teams not being able to match up on our leading scorer," Fiene said. "We're going to have a different girl go off on every night.

"We got off on a nice run with our first group and the second group held it steady. From there we took off again."

Sauk Prairie shot 24-of-60 from the floor (40.0%) including a blistering 48.4% from long range (15-of-31). Schad converted 4-of-7 treys against the Purple Knights (1-4), who were led by Jazmyne Carter with 12 points.

Fiene said it was important for the Eagles to continue to believe in the system and make them see themselves as scorers and leaders on the floor.

"We needed a game like tonight to show us that the pieces do work if we do it correctly, and we will hit shots like we did tonight," Fiene said. "It was nice to have a game where we were hitting shots and to see how much that enhanced our game and our ability to open up the drives to the basket."

• Waunakee 60, Sauk Prairie 46 - Naomi Breunig scored a career-high 15 points and recorded her first career double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. But the Eagles lost to the host Warriors in a Badger North Conference opener on Nov. 21.

"It was closer than the final score shows," said Breunig, who also had a team-best five blocked shots. "We were in the game right to the end. But we have to keep working hard on doing a better job of finishing around the basket."

Cici Rindy scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half as the host Warriors (2-0 overall, 1-0 Badger North) stormed out to a 31-22 halftime lead.

"The number one thing that killed us in the first half was that they got 18 points from the right block on offensive rebounds," Fiene said. "We had to stop their offensive rebounds, and we did a better job of that in the second half."

Camryn Ballweg played a solid floor game with seven points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Olivia Breunig also grabbed nine rebounds.

"We kept pushing the tempo and tried to keep them off-balance," Olivia Breunig said. "We had them on the run for a little bit."

But the Eagles were their own worst enemy, committing 25 turnovers and shooting just 25.8% from the floor (16-of-62).

"We need to stop throwing the ball up and just expecting that we're going to draw the foul. We need to take it to the basket and try to score," Fiene said. "You move someone else out of the way instead of them moving you out of the way. I'd rather us have an offensive foul than us get knocked to the floor and have a no-call."

Sauk Prairie also shot just 7-of-35) from three-point range (20.0%).

"We rushed quite a few of them," Fiene said. "We talked that if you don't get a good pass, pass up the three. We need to shoot more in rhythm than rushing them. We need to be more patient even if they are wide-open looks."

• On deck: Following a non-conference home game against Lake Mills on Tuesday, Sauk Prairie returns to Badger North Conference play on Friday at home against Reedsburg on Youth Night at 7:15 p.m. The Eagles then travel to Mount Horeb for a conference game against the Vikings on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 21

Waunakee 60, Sauk Prairie 46

Sauk Prairie ................... 22 24 - 46

Waunakee ..................... 31 29 - 60

SAUK PRAIRIE - Camryn Ballweg 3 1-3 7, Naomi Breunig 5 3-4 15, Taylor Breininger 1 1-2 4, Riley Breunig 1 2-4 4, Olivia Breunig 2 0-2 5, Ella Schad 3 0-0 8, Hannah Schneider 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 7-15 46.

WAUNAKEE - Kacie Murray 1 2-2 4, Melanie Watson 6 2-3 14, Sam Statz 1 0-0 3, Caitlan Kesilewski 2 3-4 7, Astrid Harrison 1 0-0 2, Maddie Farnsworth 4 5-6 13, Kailee Meeker 1 0-0 3, CiCi Rindy 4 6-10 14,. Totals 20 18-25 60.

3-point goals - SP 7 (Naomi Breunig 2, Taylor Breininger 1, Olivia Breunig 1, Ella Schad 2, Hannah Schneider 1), W 2 (Sam Statz 1, Kailee Meeker 1). Total fouls - SP 18, W 16. Fouled out - Sam Statz (W).

Nov. 25

Sauk Prairie 71, Beloit Memorial 33

Sauk Prairie ................... 48 23 - 71

Beloit Memorial ............. 21 12 - 33

SAUK PRAIRIE - Camryn Ballweg 4 2-4 12, Katie Mack 1 0-0 3, Naomi Breunig 3 3-6 10, Taylor Breininger 2 0-0 4, Riley Breunig 3 0-0 9, Olivia Breunig 1 2-6 5, Ella Schad 5 0-1 14, Kayla Breunig 1 0-0 3, Hannah Schneider 2 1-5 6, Madi Pertzborn 2 0-0 5. Totals 24 8-22 71.

BELOIT MEMORIAL - Nadiya Conner 1 2-3 4, Jazmyne Carter 5 2-4 12, Taylor Vance 1 1-5 3, Aniah Williams 1 1-3 3, Arianna Smith 1 0-1 2, Megan Drucker 1 5-6 7, Ja'naejah Logan 0 2-4 2, Adi Renteria 0 0-1 0. Totals 10 13-27 33.

3-point goals - SP 14 (Camryn Ballweg 2, Katie Mack 1, Naomi Breunig 1, Riley Breunig 3, Olivia Breunig 1, Ella Schad 4, Kayla Breunig 1, Hannah Schneider 1, Madi Pertzborn 1), BM 0. Total fouls - SP 27, BM 19. Fouled out - Arianna Smith (BM).


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