That the Southern Door boys basketball team clinched its sixth consecutive Packerland Conference with a win over Kewaunee Thursday shouldn’t be shocking to many people. The way the Eagles did it should.
Southern Door overcame off nights by its top two scorers with clutch efforts from its role players as the Eagles defeated the Storm 53-48 to clinch a share of the Packerland Conference. The Eagles and the Storm each finished 14-2 in league play, each team winning on the road.
Kewaunee held Eagles leading scorer Ryan Claflin to three points, well below his 23-point average. Second leading scorer Alex Doust – 16 points per game – scored only 10 points. Devin Schinktgen, Nate Everard, Nick Baudhuin and Logan Jeanquart combined for 40 points to pace the Eagles to the win.
“Devin Schinktgen, Nate Everard, Nick Baudhuin and Logan Jeanquart stepped up and made plays,” Southern Door coach Pete Claflin said. “It was a great team win.”
Schinktgen paced the Eagles with 14 points, Everard and Baudhuin scored nine each and Jeanquart added eight. Everard and Schinktgen each scored six points in the first half to help Souther Door erase a 9-3 deficit and lift the Eagles to a 23-21 advantage at halftime.
“[Kewaunee] did a great job of limiting Ryan’s touches,” said coach Claflin, whose team is 16-6.. “So other kids had to step up and they did. It is very satisfying to win a sixth straight championship. It is a great accomplishment for the program and school.”
Southern Door, the No. 3 seed in its Division 4 regional, hosts the winner of No. 6 Cedar Grove-Belgium and No. 11 Algoma on March 6.