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New Berlin Eisenhower girls find shot in second half

West beats Trojans; Lions lose to Pewaukee

New Berlin West’s Claire Radtke draws the foul from New Berlin Eisenhower’s Sammy Kozlowski during Friday night’s game at Eisenhower.

New Berlin West’s Claire Radtke draws the foul from New Berlin Eisenhower’s Sammy Kozlowski during Friday night’s game at Eisenhower. Photo By Stephanie Jones

Feb. 24, 2014

The lid came off the basket for the New Berlin Eisenhower girls Friday, when a 21-9 advantage in the third quarter helped erase a nine-point first half and led the Lions to a 49-38 win in the crosstown clash.

West held a 17-9 lead at halftime, but the script flipped in the second 16 minutes.

"We weren't very patient in the first half; we started taking ill-advised shots," Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt said. "At halftime, we made some adjustments, decided we had to be more patient, tried to get better looks. We started hitting. In the first half, we couldn't buy a bucket but started getting better looks and knocking them down."

With West focused on Chelsea Brackmann on the interior, Eisenhower took to the outside. Both Emalie Hahn (career-high 16 points) and Sydney Cheung (11 points) hit a trio of 3-pointers.

"She's what I would call a scorer," Schmidt said of Hahn. "She can light up the 3s and she likes to shoot. Being only a sophomore, it was nice getting her confidence level up and making her aware of the fact she can score. I was scratching my head in the first half wondering if balls would ever drop; and in the second half, it was a lot nicer result."

Eisenhower overcame West's press and delivered on some key "and-one" plays without surrendering too many turnovers.

"Once somebody starts to hit shots, it's like anything; it's contagious," West coach Jef Radtke said. "Making is contagious just like missing is contagious. They had the infamous 'it' in the second half, and we didn't have 'it.'"

Claire Radtke scored in double figures for the third straight game for West (15-6, 10-6), finishing with 15 points.

"We've got to get better at the offensive end," Radtke said. "We're looking for more consistent scoring, and we have to get out and pressure the ball more."

Sammy Kozlowski added 10 for Eisenhower (15-6, 12-4).

"It was probably our best team effort in a half this year, where everybody contributed," Schmidt said. "They were really trying to stop Chelsea inside, doubling and tripling, and when you do that, somebody has to be open. We're peaking at the right time."

In an absolutely loaded corridor of the WIAA Division 2 bracket, the two teams discovered they would meet one more time, with Ike holding the No. 2 seed and West the No. 3 in the second level of the playoffs March 7. Pewaukee, with just two losses heading into the week, had the No. 2 seed and would likely face the winner of that contest.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

New Berlin West 46, Tosa West 33

A 14-6 fourth-quarter advantage provided the Vikings with some breathing room in their 13-point win on Feb. 18 at Tosa West. For three quarters it was a good game, as the Vikings led, 12-7, after one and 20-13 at intermission. The Trojans won the third period, 14-12, to go into the fourth quarter trailing 32-27. Claire Radtke led the Vikes with 10 points, while Ali Boldt and Lizzie Liska were next with with nine each. The Trojans Ashley Lindstrom led all scorers with 11. The Vikings were only 11-for-20 from free throw line, but the Trojans only got to the charity stripe once and missed it. Jenna Nelson and Nicole Holstein, Boldt and Liska all made major contributions in the win.

Pewaukee 45, Eisenhower 39

The Lions played a better game against the Pirates this time around, but they still dropped a six-point decision Feb. 18 at home. They lost a 47-32 decision on the road Dec. 7. Ike led 10-4 after one quarter, but then the Pirates had a 15-8 second-quarter advantage to take a slim 19-18 lead into halftime. Pewaukee outscored the Lions, 13-11, in the third period to take a 32-29 lead into the fourth quarter, which the Pirates won, 13-10. Abby Gerrits led all scorers with 19 points and MacKenzie Schill had nine. Chelsea Brackmann had 18 points, including 8-for-10 from the line. Sammy Kozlowski had nine.

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