Shorewood — Now winning two games in a week is becoming old hat for the Shorewood girls basketball team.
Greyhounds coach Jeff Eimers isn't stretching his imagination that far just yet, but he can at least start thinking in such terms as his youthful squad overcame St. Thomas More, 57-52, in overtime on Feb. 8 and then routed nonconference opponent Palmyra-Eagle, 44-20, on Saturday.
It was the second such occurrence for the Greyhounds this season. The first came with the initial two contests of the campaign. They are now 2-13 in Woodland play and 5-13 overall, after going two-plus seasons without a victory.
In the mind of Eimers, the set-up couldn't have been better for the Greyhounds last week.
"We had been so disappointed the first time we lost to Thomas More (earlier this season)," he said. "There was a tough call at the end and we didn't respond well, and we went into overtime and got beat.
"We came into this game and said we have to get them at our house. And the thing was, was that we could have put them away earlier had we hit our free throws (only four of 13 for the game). We also had the ball and the last shot in regulation but a 12-footer hit the front of the iron."
But karma and willpower were on the Greyhounds side this night, as Mary Luba, who had her second amazing game in a row against the Cavaliers with 27 points, hit a 3-pointer right out of the gate in overtime.
Then freshman Zoe Deprez, filling in for Brianna McKinney, who was getting her ankle wrapped after turning it, followed that with a trifecta of her own. From there, Shorewood coasted home.
"She hadn't played the whole game (Deprez) and she comes in and does that," said Eimers. "Just amazing. This, in my mind, was the most important win of the season. For us conference wins are so important for respectability."
McKinney added 12 for the Greyhounds while Johnna Odom had 10.
What impressed Eimers most about Luba's effort, is that she scored all those points without a turnover. Freshman point guard Abby Pech matched that total.
With that heartening win behind them, Eimers didn't want the Greyhounds letting down against Palmyra-Eagle.
It didn't help that the bus initially got lost, making them later than they wanted. Further complicating things, Shorewood started out flat as the winless Eagles bounced out to a 12-9 first quarter lead.
But then the confident Greyhounds reasserted themselves, outscoring Palmyra 35-8 the rest of the way, including a 10-0 effort in the third quarter.
"We started out in a man and then we switched to a 1-2-2 defense in the third quarter," Eimers said. "We were able to hold them to just a single 3-pointer the entire half." Luba had another big game with 21 points while Pech had eight.
And with four games still on the regular season schedule and the WIAA tournament ahead, Eimers and Shorewood are looking for even more success.
"Sometimes at this point in the season, kids start to lose interest and fire," he said. "It's a long season. But I'm not seeing any of that yet. The kids are coming to every practice ready to go."
They will be at Cudahy on Friday.
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