Hoopapalooza girls - Shorecrest comes from behind to win 62-54

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Scot, a Thunderbird, and a Banana Boy
walk into a basketball game and ...
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The Shorecrest Scots sashayed across town to Shorewood Saturday night and strolled off with a pair of victories in Hoopapalooza 7, the annual basketball-filled day that highlights the local high school winter sports schedule.

Both games can be viewed on the web thanks to the efforts of the Shorewood Live Video Production Club.

The high scorers from each team vie for the ball
Jalyn Hizey SW #3 and Wurrie Njadoe SC #5
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Following the early afternoon games between the schools' freshmen and junior varsity teams, the stage was set for the varsity squads to face off.

The girls teams played first, and Shorecrest scored a hard-fought come-from-behind win over the T-Birds 62-54.

Uju Chibuogwu jumps above the fray to shoot
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Seniors Wurrie Njadoe and Uju Chibuogwu led the way for the Scots, as Njadoe was the game's high scorer with 21 points, while Chibuogwu had 15, not to mention contributing greatly on defense. Junior Julia Stand had 16 points for the winners.

Junior Jalyn Hizey was the T-Birds' high scorer with 17.

Shorewood's Jasmine Pollard #44, Lily Gustafson #30, and Kaitlyn Amundsen #24
are blocked out by Shorecrest's Julia Strand. Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Shorewood shot out to an early lead, up 22-12 after the first quarter. But the Scots went on a 13-1 run to close the gap to 29-27 SW at the half.

The game was tied at 40 going into the final quarter when the Scots turned on the jets, outscoring their rivals 22-14 in the final quarter.

An ailing Scots coach Dori Monson was buoyed by his team's effort, especially in light of their mid-December loss to the T-Birds.

"Great win for our program. Shorewood is a terrific team - it was really fun to see our girls rise to the challenge", said Coach Monson. 
"Our three big scorers - Uju, Wurrie and Julia - stepped up huge. But we also got a tremendous effort with offensive boards and defense from Jaz Owens, Shelby Gresch and Sheridan Stephenson. It was truly a team effort. 
"We've won six out of seven now. Our goal is to peak in the postseason. We play in the toughest 3A league in the state and I'm hoping we'll be battle-tested when we get to 2A districts."

--Frank Workman


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