CADOTT — The Stanley-Boyd girls basketball team got just about everything it could handle from Cadott, but went on a late run to pull away from the Hornets for a 48-34 victory on Tuesday.
After Cadott's defense left the Orioles frustrated for the first half and early second half, the Hornets held a 31-29 lead with a little over nine minutes left in the game. The Orioles rallied with a 13-0 run and closed the game by outscoring Cadott 19-3 in the final minutes to stay unbeaten in the young season.
"I just think something within them made them play a little harder for two minutes," Stanley-Boyd coach Ali Becker said of her team's run. "Had some good basketball there for two or three minutes. We started making some layups and drawing some fouls."
Turnovers plagued both teams, particularly in the first half. Some struggles shooting the ball didn't help either, and both teams had first-half stretches where they went at least two minutes without scoring a point.
Stanley-Boyd made more of their opportunities early on and entered halftime with a 21-18 lead, powered by nine points by UW-Milwaukee recruit Tahlia Walton. The Hornets' zone defense made things difficult though, and the Orioles had to earn every point.
"It was the best we've executed our defensive game plan. Our rotations were solid," Cadott coach Dave Hazuga said. "For 85 percent (of the game), that was the best we ever played."
Cadott went on a 13-8 run early in the second half, highlighted by two 3-pointers by Abby Eiler and a nice finish in the paint by Jada Kowalczyk to put the Hornets up 31-29 with about 9:20 left.
From that point on, though, the Orioles figured out how to break through against Cadott's defense and started scoring in bunches.
Kate McLoone scored six points in the next three minutes, and Savanna Anderson added four to help the Orioles go on a 13-0 run, which was only ended when Cadott's Cailin Rineck hit a 3-pointer about six minutes after it started.
"They eventually wore down our weak side, and then we missed the rebounding rotation which we didn't miss early in the game," Hazuga said. "Lack of concentration, because you have to sustain it for so long."
The Hornets came in with the goal of making someone other than Walton beat them.
"We just wanted to limit how much she could touch the ball," Hazuga said. "If she doesn't touch it as much, that increases our chances."
It worked for a while, but eventually the Orioles found a way to break through, with the likes of McLoone and Anderson coming up big.
"We have lots of good teamwork and energy that come off the bench. Savanna Anderson has been making some big, huge plays for us down the stretch of our last two games," Becker said.
Meanwhile, Stanley-Boyd's defense kept the Hornets in check by making most shots contested to keep Cadott out of a rhythm for stretches.
It resulted in a less than ideal shooting performance from long range for Cadott.
"Basketball should come down to make or miss. Imagine if we make a few more (jumpers), we take the lead and can probably hang onto the game. We don't take bad shots, I like the shots we take," Hazuga said.
Walton finished with a game-high 15 points for Stanley-Boyd. Anderson and Hannah Hause both added eight.
Kowalczyk led Cadott with 11 points, and Eiler had nine.
"It was not a pretty game, but everybody was trying very hard on both ends and that's all we can ask for is good effort," Becker said.
Stanley-Boyd (4-0, 2-0) hosts Thorp and Cadott (1-5, 0-2) hosts Osseo-Fairchild on Friday.