Shorewood girls basketball wins twice and improve to a rarely seen 5-0

Junior Varsity also undefeated at 3-0

Shorewood’s Grace Hayes drives past Brown Deer’s Valerie Whiyee during a recent Greyhounds win. Shorewood is off to an historic, 5-0, start this season.

Shorewood’s Grace Hayes drives past Brown Deer’s Valerie Whiyee during a recent Greyhounds win. Shorewood is off to an historic, 5-0, start this season. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Dec. 17, 2013

Shorewood girls basketball coach Jeff Eimers has only been head coach a few years but he's been around the area for a long time now, and knows all about the bad old days of the miserably long losing streak.

So it's safe to say that he, or scarcely anyone else associated with the program, can remember the Greyhounds posting a 5-0 start. Until this year, as after the Greyhounds overpowered both Whitnall on Dec. 10 (52-33) and Greendale on Friday (44-29), they are 3-0 in Woodland play and indeed 5-0 overall.

The funny thing about this all, however, is that the fast start by the varsity is not what has Eimers most fired up.

"The JV is 3-0 and that's definitely the bigger surprise and is really good for the program," he said, "...but we'll take 5-0 right now. We're just playing very good defense right now."

That they are, as the Greyhounds are allowing only 29 points a contest. They had a critical game against Tosa West (4-1) on Tuesday and then visit winless St. Francis in its final pre-holiday game on Friday.

Eimers said if the team maintains a steady adherence to a few simple tenets, the winning will continue.

"If we stick to our game plan (play good defense, get good shots and rebound) we'll be in good shape," he said.

The defense won the game for Shorewood against Greendale on Friday. The Greyhounds got off to a 13-3 lead but could not shake the Panthers as the margin closed to 18-12 at the half. It was 29-21 at the end of three quarters.

"It was very similar to our win over Brown Deer," he said. "We just couldn't put them away. We won by 15, but it was actually much, much closer than that. They were scrappy."

Eimers was pleased with the effort against the Panthers' best shooter, Emily Perszyk (10 points), and actually got her to foul out.

"We knew where she was at all times," he said. "We did a fantastic job guarding her."

The Greyhounds were led by Annie Leo, who had 14 points, including hitting three of her six three-point attempts. Shorewood was also very active on the glass as Ashley Eimers contributed nine points and 10 rebounds and Grace Hayes had only four points, but she snagged 11 rebounds, blocked three shots, had two assists and made two steals.

"She was a huge part of our defense," coach Eimers said. Jada Stackhouse scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.

Against Whitnall, Shorewood again got off to a good start, taking a 15-4 first quarter advantage. The Greyhounds outscored the Falcons in three of four quarters and carried a 34-20 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Leo again hit three, three-pointers and scored 13 points while Stackhouse had the same with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Point guard Aisling Moloney filled up the stat sheet with 10 points on five-of-eight shooting while also grabbing two rebounds, notching three assists and coming away with five steals.

"We got up big early, they came back in the third and then we went to a man defense in the fourth quarter," Eimers said. "Overall, that might have been our best game we played so far."

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