Heights girls drop a pair

 

February 7, 2019

Bethany Wood

Miranda Keith (14) and Wisconsin Heights' girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week.

Wisconsin Heights' girls' basketball team dropped a pair of games last week.

Belleville defeated the Vanguards, 73-68, last Friday. Cambridge then toppled Heights, 50-44, last Saturday.

The Vanguards fell to 6-10 overall and 3-5 in the Southern Capitol Conference.

Belleville raced to an 11-4 lead and extended its advantage to 39-28 by halftime. Belleville's 6-foot-2 senior Rachael Heittola had 16 first half points and controlled the boards.

"We had great looks in the paint, but just struggled to finish," Heights coach Bill Sullivan said. "Against quality teams you have to minimize your mistakes and take advantage of those opportunities."

Belleville extended its lead to 17 in the second half as Heights continued to struggle keeping Heitolla off the boards.

The Vanguards turned up their full court pressure, though, and rallied back. Heights forced a bevy of turnovers, upped the tempo and closed within 69-68 with 12.6 seconds left.

But Belleville made four straight free throws down the stretch and held on.

Ashlee Adler led four Vanguards in double figures with 18 points, while Natalie Hering added 17. Hana King added 14 points and Kelsi Handel had 13.

"I thought our kids fought hard and never gave up," Sullivan said. "No matter the score these kids continue to battle until the end.

"We had opportunities to win this game, but Belleville executed better than we did. We can take a lot away from this game and use it to build on in the coming games."

Heights then dropped a tight contest to Cambridge.

The Vanguards again started slow, trailed by 19 early and still found themselves in a 26-13 halftime hole.

"We continue to struggle on the offensive end of games in the first half, missing opportunities at the free throw line as well as in the paint and are forced to expend a lot of energy on the defensive end, trying to get back into games," Sullivan said. "Foul trouble compounds our struggles as well."


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To Heights' credit, it didn't go down without a fight.

The Vanguards again rallied back and closed within six down the stretch. But Heights couldn't close the gap any further and lost for the fourth time in five games.

"The missed opportunities, in our games that we are competitive in, are the difference between winning close games and losing them," Sullivan said. "We need to figure out how to win those type of games. The effort has always been there, the execution of the little things needs to improve for us to be successful in games like this."

• On deck: Heights hosted Marshall Tuesday, then is at New Glarus Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Vanguards then finish the regular season with three homes games - vs. Riverdale on Feb. 11, against Platteville on Feb. 12 and vs. Poynette on Feb. 14.

Feb. 2

Cambridge 50, Wisconsin Heights 44

Cambridge ...................... 26 24 - 50

Wisconsin Heights ........... 13 31 - 44

CAMBRIDGE - Jarlsberg 5 5-9 20, Williams 1 1-2 3, Korth 2 13-5 9, Holzhueter 2 3-6 7, Hoffmann 4 0-0 8, Bolger 0, Stenklyft 0 3-8 3. Totals 14 17-38 50.

Wisconsin Heights - King 0 2-2 2, Handel 4 0-1 8, Hering 5 2-4 12, Adler 3 9-13 15, Keith 1 1-2 3, Schaefer 1 0-0 3, Doherty 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 15-24 44.

3-point goals - CAM 5 (Jarlsberg 5), WH 1 (Schaefer 1). Total fouls - CAM 18, WH 22.

Belleville 73, Wisconsin Heights 68

Wisconsin Heights..............28 40 - 68

Belleville...............................39 34 - 73

Wisconsin Heights - King 5 4-4 14, Handel 6 1-2 13, Hering 8 0-0 17, Adler 7 2-4 18, Keith 0 1-2 1, Schaefer 1 0-0 3, Duhr 1 0-1 2. Totals 28 8-16 68.

BELLEVILLE - Heittola 12 9-10 34, Foley 4 2-6 10, Grady 5 0-1 11, Shrader 6 1-4 15. Totals 28 12-21 73.

3-point goals - WH 4 (Hering 1, Adler 2, Schaefer 1), BE 4 (Heittola 1, Grady 1, Shrader 2). Total fouls - BE 18, WH 21.

 
 

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