Hannah Belanger and Chloe Doring provided a strong one-two punch for the Grafton girls basketball team in its 56-31 triumph over Messmer on Nov. 18.
Belanger tallied 20 points and Doring 13 points, including 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, as the Black Hawks opened their 2016-17 season in style.
Grafton shot well all evening from the floor and line, hitting around 50 percent in 2-point field goals and 21-of-28 free throws.
The Hawks were in control, leading by double digits for much of the game. After they assumed an early lead, Messmer trailed by nine at 22-13 at the half and could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Grafton was given an additional boost by the play of several others, including Sarah Schmitz and freshman Julia Place, who both added six points.
"Schmidt came off the bench and gave us some valuable minutes," coach Mike Grzesiak said. "Place played a lot more minutes for a freshman than I thought she would, but she earned them. I thought all our younger kids played well."
Grafton met Campbellsport on Nov. 22 and will begin the North Shore Conference season at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Whitefish Bay.
A home contest with Homestead will follow at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The Highlanders are considered one of the favorites in the North Shore this season.