Muehlbauer rescues Raider girls in big EWC win over Falls

It’s a battle for a rebound as Kiel’s Sammy Blanke (right) and Nicole Van Engen of Sheboygan Falls (left) compete. The Raiders edged the Falcons, 61-59

Sheboygan Falls had their minds set on stopping Savannah Walsdorf, but Kiel had another weapon in their arsenal.

Rachel Muehlbauer had her best game as a Raider coming off the bench to net 24 points as Kiel won a huge Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball game nipping the Falcons 61-59 at KHS last Friday. The win allowed Kiel to stay even with Valders atop the standings while Falls drops a game behind.

Must win?

Raider coach Jeremy Bushman was asked if losing to Valders at home already, made this a must-win for his team.

"Absolutely. We knew Falls would come in here sky high after winning at Valders. We could not afford two home conference losses and Rachel made sure of that."

Neither team had more than a six-point lead. Kiel led 15-9 early and Falls led 32-26 just after halftime. Muehlbauer's bucket with 1:23 left put the Raiders in front 58-57 and the Kiel defense then forced a Falcon turnover. Josie Binversie made a free throw and Lily Schmitz added another bucket to wrap it up. Falls then scored at the final buzzer, but was two points short.

Muehlbauer had four of Kiel's five three-pointers and had six rebounds. Schmitz led on the boards with eight and added ten points. Walsdorf was still a factor scoring nine points for Kiel.

Kiel JV-1 lost 37-33 to Falls.

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