Whitefish Bay — Basketball is a lot easier when you don't have to play Nicolet every time out.
Whitefish Bay girls coach Greg Capper and the Blue Dukes learned that last week, as they moved into third place in the North Shore Conference with a pair of impressive wins over Port Washington (41-28) and Germantown (53-44) last week.
"It was a lot easier to get our bearings this week," said Capper, noting that the previous game for the Blue Dukes was a dismaying and one-sided loss to top-ranked in state Nicolet.
"… I think we're really starting to find our personality. We're handling the ball well and making good decisions with it. The kids have been really receptive to new ideas," he said.
Bay took on village rival Dominican as part of a girl-boy doubleheader on Wednesday and now will be off until a Jan. 4 visit to Grafton. The Blue Dukes are 2-1 in league play behind co-leaders Nicolet and Cedarburg, both 3-0. Bay is 4-2 overall.
In Friday's victory over Port Washington, Leslie Fuda scored all 12 of her points on four 3-pointers, as Jessica Switzer added 10 and Maya Jonas slotted eight. Bay took a 10-4 lead at the quarter and a 21-8 advantage on the Pirates (1-2, 4-3) at the half.
"Leslie is really driving our bus right now," said Capper. "She's clearly become a leader and that takes in a lot more than just scoring. She just seems to be in the right position at the right time."
Both Fuda and Switzer scored in all four quarters for Bay.
In the Dec. 14 win over Germantown (1-2, 2-6), the freshman center Jonas had a career night with 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
"She got herself around the basket and solidly into the post," said Capper. "It was a very productive night for her."
The Blue Dukes took a 12-8 lead at the quarter, and expanded that to 29-18 at the break. It was 41-26 at the end of the third quarter.
Fuda had two more 3-pointers en route to 11 points while Elisabeth Johnston had 10, Katie Sullivan nine and Lindsey Agnew eight.
"The kids are playing right now with what I call a 'universal basketball rhythm,' " said Capper. "We're really starting to get there."
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