Ike girls beat Pewaukee, set up rematch
Lions to face Pius Saturday with trip to state on the line
New Berlin Eisenhower beat Pewaukee, 47-34, at Waukesha South in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday and set up a rematch with Woodland Conference West Division co-champ Pius XI at 7 p.m. Saturday in the WIAA sectional title game at Brookfield Central.
The Lions improved to 23-2 while Pewaukee fell to 20-5, with three of the defeats coming at the hands of Eisenhower. The Lady Popes (21-3) advanced to the finals by beating Whitefish Bay (16-8), 45-30, at Waukesha North on Thursday.
Pius won the first meeting at Ike, 39-34, in the third game of the year but the Lions bounced back and won, 43-41, on a last second rebound basket by Chelsea Brackmann on Feb. 15 at Pius.
Friday night, the Lions jumped off to an 11-1 lead sparked by six points by Jenny Weiland, a 3-pointer by Sammy Kozlowski and a basket by Erin Ganzke.
They extended that lead to 25-10 at intermission, as Eisenhower held the Pirates without a field goal until freshman Abby Gerrits hit a 3 with 4:15 left in the half.
"I was happy the way we played early," Ike coach Gary Schmidt said. "It was important to get out to a big lead."
Eisenhower increased the lead to 40-20 after three quarters, but then stalled in the fourth quarter.
"I was pleased when we got the 20-point lead," Schmidt said, "But then it was like the air went out of the balloon."
The Pirates outscored the Pirates, 14-7, in the final period as Eisenhower made only 5-for-14 from the free throw line. The Lions sank 16-for-26 from the free throw line for the game.
Gerrits led all scorers with 17 points, while Weiland had 15 points, Kozlowski added 13 and Ganzke seven.
"We want to win for the seniors," said Kozlowski, a former Lady Pope who tranferred to Ike. "We know every game is important the rest of the way, but for them there is now tomorrow."
For Pewaukee, a team without a senior on its active roster, it was an experience to build upon.
"We didn't start out good at all," Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen said. "We put ourselves in a big hole, not scoring a field goal for about 10 minutes to start the game, and that just won't work against anyone, especially a team like Eisenhower.
"Tonight we kept playing hard and actually got the lead cut to 10 points at one point in the fourth quarter," Hansen said. "They never gave up and that's a credit to our kids."
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