Free throws were plentiful and the flow may have been a little rugged as season openers sometimes are, but the Homestead girls basketball team emerged from Milwaukee Riverside with a 64-57 win on Nov. 19 to start the 2016-17 season.
Homestead made 20-of-31 from the free-throw line, and Riverside made 21-of-36. Chloe Marotta’s 17 points and 10 rebounds led the Highlanders, while Holly Dooge posted 14 points and 11 boards.
“It was just hard to get into a flow; there were so many fouls,” Homestead coach Corey Wolf said. “We’d have one possession and then a stoppage all the time. Part of it is we’ve only had a few practices, and we’re not there yet.”
The game was tied at 55 in the final 6 minutes, with a guard-oriented Riverside team showing its ability to maintain its strong level of play even after graduating Alona Jonson, who is at Bradley University.
“They have some nice players and are very good off the dribble,” Wolf said. “We scored in a variety of ways and did a really good job passing the ball, finding open people and getting offensive rebounds.
“Every year with the first game, you just want to see where you’re at. I thought we did some really nice things, to go into that environment with a team that’s very aggressive. It was difficult sometimes, and I was proud of the way they played. It was good to see where we’re at right now.”