Kewaskum girls basketball coach Russell Thull knew it was just a matter of time before his sharpshooting sophomore guard, Maxine Paulowske would start hitting her shots.
In the Indians’ game against host Random Lake on Jan 28, Paulowske was right on target, hitting 20 of her game-high 25 points in the first half when the Indians surged into a 30-16 lead. Unfortunately, the Rams answered, scoring 40 points in the second half to win the game 61-45.
We played our best half of the year, unfortunately we didn’t duplicate that in the second half,” Thull said afterward. “A strong first half helped us take a lead going into halftime, 30-21. The lead was built by a solid defensive effort as well as a huge first half by Maxine Paulowske. She shot six of seven from three (point land) and scored 20 first half points.”
“(In the) Second half, the attack style of play that Random Lake plays really hurt us inside. We also didn’t help ourselves with 31 turnovers,” Thull went on. “We can’t expect to win games when we turn the ball over that many times.” Kewaskum led for the first 30 minutes, then Random Lake took the lead, and, “We couldn’t get the momentum back,” Thull said.
In addition to Paulowske’s point production, freshman Kennedy Adams and sophomore Kenzie Schneider chipped in with eight and six points, respectively. Ashley Trapp was good on the boards, hauling down a team-high eight rebounds.
Random Lake got 23 points from Alicia Hartman, while Leah Armstrong and Emily Vorpahl combined for 27. With the loss, the Indians fell to 0-3, while Random Lake improved to 3-1. RANDOM LAKE 21- 40—61 KEWASKUM 30-15— 45 Kewaskum: McKenzie Schneider 6, Anna Surprenant 3, Star Below- Kopf 4, Maxine Paulowske 25, Kennedy Adams 7; Three-point goals— Paulowske (7), Schneider (2), Surprenant, Adams. FTs—0x3. Fouls—20. Random Lake: Alicia Hartman 23, Leah Armstrong 13, Stout 14, Emily Vorpahl 6, Kendra Bullard 4, Julia DeBroix 1. Three-point goals—Stout, Vorpahl. FTs—17×28. Fouls—not available.