By Brandon Enroth
Packerland Conference games for the local high school girl’s teams have been just as entertaining as the boy’s teams if not more. The standings are tight, competition is fierce, and currently on holiday break we take a closer look at teams and where they currently stand.
Kewaunee Storm: 8-2 overall, 6-0 in-conference – Currently in 1st place
The Storm has been a solid team all around so far this season. They have strong depth throughout their lineup and can execute on both sides of the floor. Brook Geier has been an all-star and leads the conference in scoring averaging over 20 points per game this year. The Storm has also dominated the Packerland Conference and has only suffered losses to non-conference teams. Kewaunee suffered just their second loss of the season yesterday to Laconia and return to Packerland Conference action on January 3rd on the road against Algoma.
Southern Door Eagles: 7-3 overall, 5-1 in-conference – Currently in 2nd place
The Eagles got off to a hot start in 2016 and has maintained their conference positioning through the strong, quick offense that they run through Megan Pavlik, Megan LaCrosse, and Gabrielle Atkins. Their only in-conference loss of the season came to Kewaunee back on Friday December 2nd. Since that loss they have not looked back from there collecting victories over Algoma, Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar. They return to action on January 3rd against winless Sevastopol and will look to continue their recent hot streak against in-conference opponents.
Algoma Wolves: 4-7 overall, 4-2 in-conference – Currently in 3rd place
The defending conference champs have had a rough start to 2016, but are in a good enough position currently to become dangerous heading down the stretch in the New Year. Algoma has by far the hardest regular season schedule of any Packerland Conference member. Due to their record finish last year, they have been slated against Division I programs and they have struggled against those teams which leads to an unappealing overall record. However, this does put them in better shape heading down the stretch in my opinion due those tough non-conference games. Algoma’s most recent loss came yesterday against Ashwaubenon losing 38-27 and will return to Packerland Conference action on Tuesday January 6th against unbeaten Kewaunee in what should be an electric matchup.
Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers: 4-6 overall, 3-3 in-conference – Currently in 4th place
The Blazers have shined at sometimes during the early part of the season but have struggled throughout the month of December losing the first three games of the month before entering break on a win over Manawa on December 22nd. Morgan Meerstein has played great basketball for the Blazers and is their mid-season MVP leading the team in scoring, assists, and rebounds thus far. GB NEW Lutheran returns to Packerland Conference action on January 3rd when they welcome Oconto to Green Bay for a 7:30 tip off.
Gibraltar Vikings: 6-4 overall, 2-3 in-conference – Currently tied for 5th place
Gibraltar has had a couple of tough breaks this season, but overall has played some excellent basketball through their youth core of underclassmen combined with an experienced group of upperclassmen. Sophomore Peyton Pluff has been dominant this season for the Vikings in the paint and on the boards. She currently sits second in the conference in scoring behind Brooke Geier, and third in rebounding behind teammate Sheridan Ash and Southern Door’s Megan LaCrosse. Gibraltar returns to Packerland Conference action against Sturgeon Bay on January 5th.
Oconto Blue Devils: 6-4 overall, 2-3 in-conference – Currently tied for 5th place
Oconto has been on a roller-coaster of a season so far winning two games here then dropping one game, or winning one game here and dropping two there. Overall the team has played better than their record shows. They currently sit tied with Gibraltar and can easily jump up in the standings come mid-January. Oconto will look for its best players to shine here down the stretch as they participate in the Gresham Holiday tournament Friday and Saturday. Then will return to Packerland Conference action on the road against GB NEW Lutheran on January 3rd. Alyson Neerenhousen and Mara Allen have been superb for this team so far this season and will need to continue to play at a high level if Oconto looks to climb in the standings.
Sturgeon Bay Clippers: 1-9 overall, 1-5 in-conference – Currently in 6th place
Sturgeon Bay has struggled this season, and will need a big turnaround in 2017 if they want to make a playoff push. The Clippers only win came against winless Sevastopol but besides that they have lost all of their scheduled games. Their contest against Sevastopol marked the highest point total for the team racking up 50 points in their victory. Andie Rockendorf leads the team in scoring averaging over 6 points per game. Sturgeon Bay returns to Packerland Conference action on January 5th on the road against Gibraltar.
Sevastopol Pioneers: 1-7 overall, 0-5 in-conference – Currently in 7th place
Sevastopol has seen nice production from Courtney Tebo who leads the team in points, assists, and rebounds as well. They were able to get their only win of the season back on November 28th against Goodman-Pembine 53-42, but have yet to win against an in-conference opponent this season. They look to turn things around against Southern Door on Tuesday January 3rd.
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