Shorewood girls ready for challenges that lie ahead

Greyhounds, 10-1, visit powerful Pius on Friday

Jan. 14, 2014

This is the kind of game that Shorewood girls basketball coach Jeff Eimers and his 10-1 Greyhounds have been working toward for years.

Are they up to the task?

They will find out on Friday, when they visit second-ranked (in D2 polls) and Woodland crossover rival Pius XI (8-1) at 7:30 p.m. It is the start of a telling stretch for the Greyhounds, who overpowered both South Milwaukee (39-18) and Cudahy (51-31) last week.

After Pius, Shorewood hosts New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 24, visit Pewaukee on Jan. 28, and host New Berlin West on Jan. 31. All have winning records, all have very good histories.

While the striving Greyhounds are still trying to make a name for themselves.

"These next four games will tell us a lot," Eimers said. "Our loss to (Whitefish) Bay (on Dec. 27) taught us a lot and they're on par with the teams we're going to be facing....We know that we can be right with them in all these games. It's an opportunity. We just have to be ready to play."

Pius, a state power with a long history of great success, is coming off a huge nonconference win over third-ranked (in D1 polls) DSHA on Saturday and the Lady Popes only loss is a five-point decision to top-ranked (in D1) Kimberly.

Defense is key

Eimers needs his defense to hold the fort for the Greyhounds against Pius and the rest. It did the trick last weekend, as an unusual schedule forced by the blast of arctic air that chilled the state early last week saw Shorewood beat South Milwaukee on Friday and then Cudahy on Saturday.

In the Cudahy victory, the Greyhounds were a little tired and shaky at the beginning after playing the night before.

They were up 14-10 at the quarter but held only a 23-20 advantage at the break. They had a 32-27 lead at the end of three quarters but then snapped awake in the final period, outscoring the Packers, 19-4, to pull away.

The Greyhounds went to the basket relentlessly and shot 39 free throws, hitting 20 of them. Shorewood was able to get some steals, cash in some easy buckets and generally make its life easier with that final session outburst.

Post Jada Stackhouse had a huge game with 23 points including nine-of-12 free throws. Ashley Eimers added seven points and Aisling Moloney and Sarah Mackowski six apiece.

"Jada had a great game," coach Eimers said. "We put in a few new wrinkles on offense, but no question, we were tired. With that in mind, we challenged them. If they want to be considered a top team they have to be able to do things like this (play on back-to-back nights)."

Defense overwhelms Rockets

The defense was very impressive in the win over South Milwaukee, as Shorewood grounded the Rockets to the tune of a 13-0 first quarter and then never look back. A 19-3 third quarter made it 36-8 at the end of three quarters.

"We were very much in control of that game right from the start," coach Eimers said.

Stackhouse again led the way with 14 points as Moloney contributed 10.

Coach Eimers was very pleased with the two-game effort of the point guard Moloney and noted that Mackowski came off the bench to play two good games.

"If you want to stay unbeaten in conference you have to grind out some of these games," coach Eimers said.

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