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Kaukauna, WI – It was business as usual for the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts (5-1) Friday night as they picked up their third straight victory by defeating Appleton North (0-8) 96-57.
Dylan Kurey led the Galloping Ghosts with 18 points while Jordan McCabe trailed right behind him with 16 of his own.
Kaukauna had managed to score two field goals in the game’s opening forty seconds. Luke Eiting’s wide open layup under the hoop started things off and was a preview of what was to come from the Lightning defense. Although Appleton North stuck with a man defense for the whole game, they left far too many Kaukauna shooters wide open. McCabe started the three-point barrage just two minutes into the game, and at first, Appleton North seemed to be able to keep pace.
Lightning senior forward Sam Crowley immediately answered McCabe’s shot with a three-pointer of his own but Kaukauna was able to keep nailing down shots, inside and out. Kaukauna scored 30 points in the game’s first seven minutes, while their swarming defense cooled down the Lightning. Kaukauna went into the half with a 53-24 lead after more three-pointers were hit by McCabe and sophomore Keaton Ferris. Appleton North was unable to hit open shots or manage the time of possession effectively, and the game was getting out of reach by halftime. Kaukauna’s high octane offense has been on full display much of the season.
“The last three games have been more indicative of the way this team is capable of playing,” Kaukauna head coach Michael Schalow said. “We’re looking at the process of how we’re playing day by day.”
Appleton North came out of halftime and scored first by way of a Crowley layup. The Lightning seemed to have battened down the defensive hatches by getting steals but continued to struggle with its own turnovers. The Galloping Ghosts extended their lead to 33 just four minutes into the second half. Kurey converted on a three-point shot to pad the lead to 74-40 with just under nine minutes to play. A mostly subdued crowd started buzzing after Donovan Ivory’s putback slam dunk. The Kaukauna junior took off from near the free throw line to get the offensive rebound and slam. The game fittingly came to an end with a buzzer-beating swat by Kaukauna’s Rodney Ebben to give the Ghosts a 96-57 win.
“It’s a long season,” Schalow said of his team’s early success. “Let’s take one game at a time. We’ve got a big trip down in Florida next week against two really quality opponents […] we’re going to learn a lot about our team on that trip.”
Kaukauna’s next game will be on December 20th as part of the aforementioned trip to Florida, where they will face Upson-Lee High School of Thomaston, GA.