New Berlin Eisenhower girls upended by Pewaukee's Pirates
Lions also fall to Pius XI in WC play
It's been a while.
The last time the members of the Pewaukee varsity girls basketball team glad-handed one another after a meeting with New Berlin Eisenhower was January 30, 2010.
High fives were exchanged liberally on Saturday.
Pewaukee broke open a 20-19 halftime struggle by outscoring the Lions 15-4 in the third quarter, heading to a 47-32 victory and improving to 3-0 on the young season.
Eisenhower slipped to an uncharacteristic 0-3 on the season (0-2 in the Woodland Conference West Division).
The Lions had previously fallen to Pius XI 56-36 on Dec. 3.
The Saturday game at Pewaukee was closer, but the Lions saw the Pirates gradually pull away from them.
A 15-foot jump shot by Pewaukee's Danielle Jasinski early in the third quarter put the host team ahead by five points at 24-19. Abby Gerrits scored in transition off a steal and assist by Jasinski moments later.
Katie Wood drilled a three-pointer to make it 31-23 at the 1:50 mark of the third quarter. MacKenzie Schill had a steal and layup with 20 seconds left in the period, putting the Pirates in front 35-23.
"They had that spurt on us in the second half, and made some shots and that ended up hurting us. They have a very good team," New Berlin Eisenhower head coach Gary Schmidt said.
Veteran Pewaukee head coach Todd Hansen told his team to calm down at the break.
"I thought we did some nice things in the first half, but we were going too fast," Hansen said. "We had some turnovers, playing a little out of control and didn't take the best shots, but we looked up and we were still up by one point. At that point we needed to fix a few things, and I thought we did. We got some steals on the press, made some great passes and that led to some easy baskets."
Gerrits led Pewaukee with 11 points and eight rebounds. Lindsay Wisniewski had 10 points, while Jasinski and Wood each had six points.
Chelsea Brackmann and Sammy Kozlowski each scored 10 points to pace the Lions.
"(The Lions) have been great for years, so this was good for us to get over the hump," Hansen said. "I'm extremely happy with the win."
Against Pius on Dec. 3, Emalie Hahn tallied eight points and Brackmann and Katie Schlegel six apiece. Pius built a 28-19 halftime lead and held on from there.
Eisenhower will next welcome South Milwaukee (0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and visit Brown Deer (0-2) at 7:30 next Tuesday.
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