The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team defeated Pewaukee, 75-68, Saturday night in a double overtime thriller before a large crowd at Pewaukee.
The win left the Lions with a 13-0 record in the Woodland Conference Black Division with four league games to play. Since South Milwaukee (9-4) is in second, the Lions clinched a title tie, their fourth in a row.
They have won 35 straight conference games, last losing on Jan. 30, 2010 to Pewaukee, 59-52.
The loss dropped the Pirates (11-2, 14-2) into a first-place tie with Cudahy in the Blue Division.
The Pirates had the Lions on the ropes twice. The first time leading 53-50 when Eisenhower called time out with 9.9 seconds left in regulation.
With everyone guarding All-Star Nicole Bauman, who finished with 27 points before fouling out in the second OT, the Lions inbounded the ball to Jenny Weiland, all alone at the top of the key. The 5-10 junior forward immediately took the shot and hit nothing but net with 6.3 seconds remaining to play to send the game into overtime at 53-53.
The first OT was an 11-11 tie, but the Pirates let the Lions off the hook for the second time, as they led 62-57 on Jordyn Swan's two free throws with 2:12 left to play.
But Weiland hit two free throws and a lay-up, Brittany Groer added two free throws to make it 64-61 before the fearless Bauman nailed a long three with 35 seconds left to tie the game at 64-64 going into the final OT.
Katie Lang opened with a basket, Groers hit 1-of-2 free throws and then the Lions pulled away. Erin Ganzke hit two baskets and Kristin Hesselbach hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 71-65 lead with 1:49 to play.
Natalie Wood hit 1-of-2 free throws for Pewaukee and then Taylor McArthur and Weiland did the same (each 1-of-2) before Lang nailed 2-for-2 for a 75-66 lead. Katie Wood went 2-for-2 for the Pirates with 10.9 seconds to play to close out the scoring.
Bauman, back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, played well with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. Weiland had 13, Lang 11, Hasselbach had eight and played a great floor game as did Ganzer who finished with six.
Jordyn Swan had 25 points, Natalie Wood had 14, Emily Wirth 13 and Groer had 11.
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