Blue Dukes girls find footing with impressive rout of Germantown
Bay hoops team looks past rough start to season
Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay girls basketball coach Greg Capper reads, stays abreast of the latest techniques and looks for fortification and new ideas when things aren't going well.
Such as when the short-handed Blue Dukes stumbled out of the gate to an 0-2 start earlier this season.
So he read up on a favorite performance coach of his and got some ideas, which he started incorporating into practice last week and which paid immediate dividends with his Blue Dukes stunning, 65-37, rout of a good Germantown team in the North Shore Conference opener Friday.
"He (the performance coach) had some ideas that I thought applied to us," Capper said. "The most basic of which was 'We are going to do simple things savagely well." And there were other things that work for us and we'll use them, because we're still searching for an identity. One, we will play defense. Two, we will rebound hard on both ends. Three, we will take care of the ball and make good decisions. Four, we will take good, on-balance shots and five, we will make our free throws when we have the opportunity."
With that win, the Blue Dukes, returning tri-champs in the North Shore, are suddenly and emphatically back in the hunt for another league crown in what promises to be a wide-open North Shore race. They take on DSHA in a non-conference game on Tuesday and then are at preseason league favorite Cedarburg (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bulldogs lost to Grafton (2-0) on Friday.
Germantown had entered the game with two impressive wins, but then the Blue Dukes hit them with a 9-0 run to start the game and never looked back. It was 19-11 at the quarter and 36-19 at the half as Bay outscored the Warhawks in every period.
Capper made some lineup adjustments to get some more speed and athleticism involved and it paid huge dividends as the Blue Dukes used their height to go over the relentless Warhawks press.
"You've got to be strong as heck with the ball and make good decisions," he said.
He is currently going point guard by committee with Ava Stock, Maddie Garcia, Jamie Talbert, Katie Pavlic and freshman Emma Jonas.
Capper said that Emma's injured All-Suburban center sister, Maya, is progressing well with her rehabilitation. "Her (Maya's) work ethic is beastly," Capper said. "She does everything that she's asked to do and more."
She might be back from the knee injury in January, Capper said.
"We handled things well," Capper said, "and we did what we needed to do to compete. We were disappointed in the way we played (in the Pius Tournament). We were determined to do better this time around."
Ashley Reed had 17 points, Stock 16, Abi Harper 14 and Talbert eight for the Blue Dukes.
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