The quickness of the Ozaukee guards, plus the absence of leading scorer Amanda Baierl, hurt the Port Washington girls in their basketball season opener on Nov. 18.
Port dropped a 56-43 decision despite 13 points from Katie Lemkuil, nine points by Ann Nuedling and eight points from Lillie Cook.
Baierl, who averaged 17 points last season to lead the squad, was out with a leg injury. She was expected to return to practice this week, when the Pirates were to play Sheboygan North on Nov. 22 and take part in the Menomonee Falls Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26.
Matchups and times for the Falls tournament were not available at press time for this edition.
Port fell behind, 9-0, against Ozaukee and battled back throughout the game but could not make a big run to even the game or take the lead.
"Their guards were quick," coach Jake Wahl said. "They penetrated and made a living in the lane; most of their points came in the paint. When we forced them outside, we had better success on defense."
Wahl thought the first-game nerves might have hurt his team as well.
"(Ozaukee) had a good atmosphere with a strong student section," he said. "We had a good week of practice, but the jitters got us."