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A strong effort against Menomonee Falls provided a boost for the Port Washington girls basketball team last week.

The Pirates gave the Indians a real battle before losing, 72-66, in the opening game of the Falls Tournament on Nov. 25.

Amanda Baierl collected a team-high 22 points, hitting 6-of-7 free throws, and nine rebounds to lead the way. Karley Lehtikangas totaled 17 points, with five shots from 3-point range, and five rebounds and Katie Erlandson 17 points with a pair of 3-point field goals to go with four rebounds and two assists.

"That was a good game for us," coach Jake Wahl said. "We played well overall, and I was pleased with our effort offensively. We had more balance in this game."

In the consolation game of the Falls tournament on Nov. 26, Port dropped a 58-38 decision to Slinger.

Kate Lemkuil paced the Pirates with 9 points on a trio of 3-point shots, and Grace Weiland and Baierl each put in 7 points.

"We had a slow start in the first half (falling behind 28-12) but played them pretty evenly in the second half," Wahl said.

Slinger enjoyed a huge advantage at the line, attempting 27 free throws to Port's five.

The Pirates also lost a 64-31 game to Sheboygan North on Nov. 22. Baierl led the team with 9 points, followed by Ann Nuedling with 7 and Lehtikangas with 6 points.

"We actually had a good start," the coach said, "but North increased the defensive pressure and made it hard to get to the hoop."

Port (0-4 going into this week) took on Nicolet on Nov. 29 and will play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Milwaukee Lutheran.

The Pirates then meet Milwaukee Ronald Reagan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at home.

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