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Ike girls streak at four in a row

Kozlowski keys big first half as Lions above .500 for season

Dec. 29, 2013

For the first time this season, the young New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball is over .500.

They defeated a good Wilmot team (4-3) in a nonconference game, 67-35, on Friday on the road to improve to 4-3 overall.

The Lions, who opened the year with three straight losses, have now had four wins in a row. In those wins they have outscored their opponents by a 210-86 margin. That is an average score of 52.5 to 21.5.

Those teams have a combined record of 9-18, a .333 winning percentage, but it is still impressive for the young Lions.

Eisenhower hosts Beaver Dam (6-2) on Friday and travels to New Berlin West on Jan. 7. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.

Panthers muzzled

Eisenhower ended the game quickly, taking a 44-19 lead at intermission. The Lions scored 22 points in each of the first two quarters, holding Wilmot to 11 and 8 points.

The game slowed down in the second half, as Eisenhower outscored the Panthers, 23-16.

Coach Gary Schmidt credited junior guard Sammy Kozlowski for the quick start.

"Sammy finished with a double-double," he said. "She must have had 10 assists in the first quarter and she scored all her points in first half.

"She hit people wide open, breaking their defense down and then it got contagious. She passed well and our good start was because of some big assists from her play."

Eight Lions got on the scoreboard, topped off by sophomore Chelsea Brackmann, who scored 19 points, which included 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Kozlowski had three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points.

Kozlowski also held Wilmot's top scorer Kari Clements, who had been averaging more than 18 points a game, to 14 points, the only Panther to score more than four points.

The rest of the offense consisted of junior Katie Schlegal with nine, sophomore Emalie Hahn with eight, sophomore Ashley Hofmeister and senior Jessa Hahn, each with six, junior Sydney Cheung with five and junior Kaitlyn Kurudza with three.

"Brackmann played really well," Schmidt said. "She protected the paint. Emalie Hahn is playing well and Jessa Hahn has been steady on boards for us."

Gaining confidence

Schmidt talked about his team's play on this latest run.

"We're getting confidence, there is some chemistry blending. This was a huge win. We cut down on our turnovers, so we had more possessions. Our play got a lot better.

"This has been a fun, nice young group to work with. The pieces are falling into place; they're starting to fit. It was a monumental game for our confidence."

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