Oakville High girls fall 63-48 to Lafayette

Tigers travel to Marquette on Friday


If there’s one goal that the Oakville Senior High School girls’ basketball team would like to accomplish this week, it would be returning to the .500 mark in the Suburban West Conference standings.

The Tigers (10-9, 2-3 Suburban West) suffered a disappointing 63-48 loss at home to Lafayette Friday despite having just 12 turnovers and out-rebounding the Lancers 20-17.

“We really didn’t control the tempo well enough and we didn’t control the ball like we should have,” Oakville head coach Ron Thompson told the Call. “The other parts of our game were decent, and we were getting good shots. We just need to start making more of them.”

The key to the game was that Oakville hit just 17 of 49 — 34.69 percent — of its shots while Lafayette had the hot hand as the Lancers nailed 24 of 40 — 60 percent — of its shots.

Nicole Norberg led the Tigers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The junior forward also recorded two assists in the loss to Lafayette.

“She (Norberg) was solid,” Thompson said. “Every time she got the ball, she had two or three players on her.”

Oakville’s Maggie Zehner also had a solid effort with 10 points and one rebound. The sophomore guard had three assists and one steal despite committing five turnovers.

“Maggie really made some important shots for us, but we have to get those turnovers down,” Thompson said. “She had some strong moments in the game.”

The Tigers are on the road at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Marquette for one of the more important conference games of the season.

Marquette (13-8, 2-3 Suburban West) is riding a six-game winning streak, including a 43-22 win at Parkway West last Friday.

“This game is pretty big for us just in that it could get us back over the .500 (mark) in the conference,” Thompson said. “They’re a good, well-coached team.”