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Kaukauna, WI – Three-pointers were the story early in the game Saturday night, as the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts (1-0) quickly went up 18-2 in their first regular season matchup against the Fond Du Lac Cardinals (1-2). That margin would prove to tell the story for the rest of the game as they won 89-62.
Despite coming off a loss last season in the playoff sectionals, the Galloping Ghosts were ranked No.1 in the Fox Valley Association this season, just ahead of Oshkosh North. Kaukauna’s high powered offense is led by senior WVU commit Jordan McCabe, who finished with 22 points Saturday night. Kaukauna opened the game on a 9-0 run and continued to shoot well throughout.
Kaukauna scored their first 21 points on seven three-balls before they made their first two-pointer with 12:40 left in the first half.
“We certainly had a good start shooting the ball with knocking down some threes and creating some excitement and we got some early momentum,” said coach Mike Schalow.
At the end of the first half, Kaukauna led 45-31 with Jordan McCabe leading all scorers with 12 points.
The second half was less outside game, as they found their groove in the paint working the ball into their 6’8 center Dylan Kurey. Kurey was much more present in the second half than in the first, finishing the game with a double-double and dominating the glass en route to posting 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The game never appeared to be too evenly matched as the Galloping Ghosts lead by as many as 26, never letting their lead dip below 10. There were, however, a few mistakes made on the offensive side of the ball, as Kaukauna committed 11 turnovers. The offense also forced quick shots beyond the arc instead of slowing down some possessions, most likely due to the hot hands early on in the game.
Although at times the play was sloppy on both sides of the ball, defensively, the Ghosts held Fond Du Lac’s star senior Drew Jorgensen to zero points for the entire game.
After the starters sat for the last few minutes, all 14 players on the Ghosts roster were able to see some game time. Even though they will need to work on eliminating some early mistakes, it was a good start for a Ghost’s team, who had a chance to make a state championship run last season, and ultimately pulled out a win.
The obvious standout of the night was McCabe. McCabe, who won a state championship his sophomore season, averaged 26 points last year and picked up where left off, continuing to play at a high level. His ball-handling proved second to none on the court and showcased passing as just one of his many skillsets.
After the game, Kaukauna fans and spectators said, “It’s clear why he has committed West Virginia.”
McCabe officially signed his letter of intent back in November to play for the Division I school that has recruited him since his sophomore season.
“It was a good win, and we’re on to the next one,” said McCabe after the win.
He will need to continue to be the key for the Ghosts this season, with another possible state title run on their horizon.
Kaukauna will play again Tuesday, December 5th against the Appleton East Patriots at 7:30 pm.