Thursday, November 8, 2018

Warriors get big home win over Eureka

The Warriors' Katy Ramage and Eureka's Ella Ausmus jump at the opening tip of Thursday's game between Germantown Hills and the Hornets. The Warriors went on to win the game, 32-21. PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Germantown Hills, Ill. - A game that had been circled on the calendars of the Germantown Hills Warriors (18-0). They faced a team that, on paper at least, would be one of their toughest opponents all season. That team being a familiar conference foe in the Eureka Hornets (15-2).

It was rare air for Germantown Hills in the early-going, as neither team was able to muster much of a scoring effort. In fact, in one of the only occurrences all season, the Warriors scored single digits in the first quarter. The positive would be that the Warriors were able to hold Eureka scoreless in the opening six minutes. It'd be 8-0 Warriors after a quarter.

The second quarter saw a decrease in scoring for Germantown Hills. Also, things like turnovers and the response to the fast break from Eureka swayed momentum towards the Hornets, at least somewhat. The Warriors still managed to hang tight and maintain their lead. Four Warriors scored in the second quarter. Both teams tied in scoring at seven points apiece. Bearing in mind that Eureka had been held scoreless in the first, Germantown Hills was able to take a 15-7 lead into the break.

When it came to the third quarter, it was in favor of Eureka. Ellie Cahill made the most of her opportunities from behind the arc, hitting two of her three made treys on the night in the third. That headlined a nine-point quarter for the visiting Hornets. On the other hand, the Warriors scoring went down a single point, continuing the succession (8 pts. Q1, 7 pts. Q2). A strong third quarter for Eureka and the lowest-scoring quarter for the Warriors set up an interesting fourth quarter, with Germantown Hills holding onto a five-point lead.

Back to the usual. The fourth quarter saw Germantown Hills return to the ebb and flow of a majority of their games, scoring 11 in the final frame. Camryn Youngquist finished off the fourth and a solid night with a five-point quarter of her own. Katy Ramage added a free throw, and Ella Stivers dropped five on a couple of two-pointers plus a free throw.

What didn't help Eureka was the lead the Warriors had with the time that was left. That would take the Hornets into the dreaded late-game fouling situation. Although the Warriors weren't able to take care of all of their free opportunities, they made enough to secure another double-digit win, but it wasn't easy. 32-21 was the final score.

The 7th grade team won their preceding game, and are now (15-3) on the season. Both levels of the Warriors program are the top team in the Tazwood Conference.

Germantown Hills Scoring: Camryn Youngquist (12), Katy Ramage (8), Ella Stivers (8), Mallory Bennett (2), Layne Jackson (2)

Germantown Hills Statistical Leaders: 
2's | Camryn Youngquist & Ella Stivers (3 each)
3's | Camryn Youngquist (2)
Free Throws | Ella Stivers (2-5)

Germantown Hills Team Stats: 10 2's, 3 3's, 3-11 FTs, 9 fouls, 32 points

They Said It | Head Coach Ryan Davis:
On first half issues, and what changed in the second half
"I think we just relaxed. We've had this game circled on our calendar since last year. Both times we played them were, I think, a one-point loss and like a two-point win. We've known that it's been coming. I think we just had to calm ourselves down a little bit."

On performance of Camryn Youngquist in recent games
"She's just got a great shot. It's just having confidence. Setting her feet and we'll find her. She's been knocking them down."

On 3-11 free throw line effort
"We work every day in practice. Our goal is 70 percent from the free throw line. I'm not sure what it is, but we definitely struggled from the line tonight. That's a whole 'nother ballgame. Should be five, six more points on that score."

On low-scoring game
"I think we wore them down, finally. It's finally being able to push them and once we get to that fourth quarter, and we've been subbing a little bit, then we're good to go and we can run on them. 

Next Game:
@ Beverly Manor (District 50)
Monday, November 12th
4:30 pm - 7th Grade Game
5:30 pm (approx.) - 8th Grade Game
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