By Brandon Enroth
Started off the half much more aggressively than last game vs GB New Lutheran. The group forced errant passes and played with attentiveness as a unit, which was a huge improvement from GB New Lutheran this past Friday. As the half went on they were able to jump out to a 17-8 lead at one point. Pluff lead the way for Gibraltar with twelve points, three rebounds, adding one steal.
Oconto’s Alyson Nerenhausen has been the backbone for them all year and it showed in the first half. Oconto’s offense kept trying to feed her and Mara Allen in the post where they were met nicely by Peyton Pluff, Riley Haleen, Sheridan Ash & Ida Whitney. The notable momentum shift of the half was whenGibraltar led 27-20, Nerenhausen drove back the other way and quickly drew a foul with 2.4 seconds to play in the half, and was able to convert a 3 point play cutting the lead to 4.
Oconto responded strongly in the second half with a 7-0 run creating a large amount of uncomfortable tension within the Gibraltar High School gym. When Sheridan Ash ended the run with a nice offensive rebound and a layup, Gibraltar started to get most of the baskets to fall their way. Nerenhausen was shut down in the second half, and she finished with only 12 points in the contest.
Josh Kropuenske talked about how the first half for the Vikings was one of the best they have had all season.
Gibraltar and Oconto now stand at similar records of 2-2 within the Packerland conference. Gibraltar next plays against an undetermined opponent at the Kohler Tournament. Oconto travels to East Green Bay on December 13th for their next matchup.