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New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball rallies to beat West

Katris' 3-point shooting puts Lions over top

Eisenhower’s Sammy Kozlowski takes a shot while West’s Lizzie Liska (42) and the Vikings try to protect the paint.

Eisenhower’s Sammy Kozlowski takes a shot while West’s Lizzie Liska (42) and the Vikings try to protect the paint. Photo By Stephanie Jones

Jan. 13, 2014

New Berlin Eisenhower senior guard Anthie Katris picked the best time to come up with her first 3-pointers of the season, and as a result, the Lions rallied to beat New Berlin West on Jan. 8 at West.

The win gave the Lions a six-game winning streak, which was snapped with a loss to Arrowhead on Saturday. Ike is now 6-4 overall, but 4-2 in the rugged Woodland West, behind Pewaukee (7-0), Pius XI (6-0) and the Vikings (6-2). Only 2.5 games separate the top four teams in the West.

Big shots

The Lions trailed by one point with a minute left in the game, when Katris banked in a 3-point shot to put the Lions over the top.

"Leading by one, we missed a layup and they sank a 3-pointer," West coach Jef Radtke said. "They fouled us, we missed two free throws and we fouled them and they made both free throws."

Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt praised sophomore Emalie Hahn and Katris.

"They (West) stopped Chelsea Brackmann (six points), but Emalie (eight points) and Anthie (six points) came through for us," he said. "Those were Anthie's first two 3-pointers of the year. They vaulted us to victory."

Eisenhower sank 12-of-18 free throws, 5-of-6 from junior guard Sammy Kozlowski, who led all scorers with 10 points. West only got to the line eight times and made only three.

"Down the stretch, we made a few more than they did," Schmidt said.

Close all the way

The teams battled to a 12-12 tie after one quarter, but West took at five-point lead into halftime, 24-19. The third quarter was a low-scoring defensive battle (7-5), but the Vikings led, 29-26, going into the final quarter.

Schmidt was asked about the Lions' 22-12 advantage in the second half.

"We turned up the pressure full court," he said, adding "We executed better offensively and got to the free throw line."

Schmidt is happy with how his young team is coming around after an 0-3 start.

"We have a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but these kids are showing their worth, buying into what they need to do," he said. "Sometimes when you go 0-3, you don't look at who you played.

"They could have had doubts, but they didn't stop working hard. They believed. The chemistry is the biggest piece of the puzzle coming into focus.

"I give them a lot of credit; it's no one kid. It is hard to key on one kid because we are a well-orchestrated team."

Chances in fourth

A disappointed Radtke talked about the final quarter.

"In the fourth quarter, we got good looks but missed," he said. "We have to learn how to close out quality teams. We got some great shots by good kids, but missed some free throws at the end."

Radtke also praised junior Ali Boldt, sophomores Sarah Meleski and Claire Radtke and senior Cheyenne Pasdera for their work in the post.

But there was no doubt, it was a tough loss.

"It hurts, stings," coach Radtke said. "This is a team (Ike) that has a program that is a benchmark for excellence in the conference for the last decade."

Eisenhower hosts Greenfield at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. New Berlin West, which played at Waukesha West on Jan. 14, travels to Whitnall for a game at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

Other action

Arrowhead 48, Lions 35 — Arrowhead (11-1) defeated Eisenhower on Saturday in a non-conference home game. After a close first half — the Warhawks led, 19-16 — the Lions slowly fell behind in the second half and couldn't recover. Arrowhead outscored the Lions, 29-19, for the win. Sophomore Emalie Hahn scored 14 points to lead Ike, which included three 3-pointers.

Whitnall rescheduled — The Lions' game with the Falcons on Friday was rescheduled because of an electrical problem. A date hasn't been scheduled yet.

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