Lindstrom, Trojans key in win over Raiders
Wauwatosa West girls earn sixth straight victory over Wauwatosa East, 60-44
Perhaps Wauwatosa West coach Ashley Imperiale summed it up best afterward.
"I want Tosa East to beat us, not 54."
In reality, neither Wauwatosa East nor its star player Katie Salmon, number 54, was going to beat the Trojans on Saturday at Tosa West, but whenever the game got interesting, it was the amazing Salmon in the middle of the action.
But the Trojans used a huge first quarter to roll to a 60-44 victory, its sixth consecutive win over the Red Raiders dating back to Dec. 5, 2006.
The Trojans were outstanding passing the ball all night, not only on the first pass, but the second as well. As a result they pretty much put the game away with a 15-2 first-quarter run.
"We've gotten to the point where we're really unselfish," first-year Imperiale said. "We make that first pass, the defense flies at us and scrambles, but we then make that one more extra pass and it's wide open and that's where we're really understanding. … We've created a better flow and we know how to play with each other within the system now. It's really nice."
Senior Latasha Harmon used two jump shots and a drive, junior Ashley Lindstrom hit a jumper and two free throws and senior Jessica Pike nailed a 3-pointer to score 13 of Tosa West's first-quarter points, while the Red Raiders managed only single free throws from Ellen Pickering and Sammie Osinski.
"Give Tosa West a lot of credit," Red Raiders coach Rob Hamill said. "They had those open shots early and they nailed them. (We) let them have too many open shots and they made every one count."
It was a 45-42 game the final three periods, but the first period was just too much for the Red Raiders to overcome.
The squads played a 10-10 second quarter and then West had a 13-12 edge in the third period and a 22-20 advantage in a high-scoring fourth quarter.
West holds lead
The Red Raiders did manage to cut the lead in the third period to 29-20, when Salmon went on one of her patented runs.
She opened the second half with a free throw, then sophomore Abby Jones hit a jumper off a pass from Ashley Colebourne, but Pickering countered with a 3-pointer only to see Colebourne set up Jones with another jumper, making the score 29-16.
But then Salmon drove the lane for a score and Alayah Walls fed Salmon, who scored on a fastbreak to cut the lead to 29-20, the closest the Red Raiders were to get the rest of the night.
That's because the Trojans came out and went on a 9-0 run, as Lindstrom turned into a scoring machine. First she hit a layup, then she put in a rebound, then she took a pass from Pike and hit a jumper, followed by two free throws. Colebourne's free throw closed out the run and Tosa West led 38-20.
"I was just in the right spots at the right time," Lindstrom said. "A lot of times I would just pick it up off the floor and shoot it."
But then she picked up Imperiale's mantra on the passing game.
"We work on it a lot in practice and everyone is starting to understand what has to happen."
When asked about the Red Raiders' run, Imperiale got right to the point.
54 carries Raiders'weight
"Big thing was just 54," Imperiale said, referring to Salmon's number. "It really wasn't Tosa East. It was 54 carrying the weight.
"So we talked about doubling the ball; we talked about denying her the ball. The big thing for us was when we were switching, we got caught with a little (player) on her. And they were smart, taking advantage of that. Whoever does that, then you have to double and get it out of her hands."
Salmon had 11 points after three quarters and then added nine more in the fourth quarter on two 3s, a jumper and a free throw.
"Katie let the game come to her a little more," Hamill said. "She took a couple jumpers instead of trying to drive. I think they were prepared for that. They would clamp hard on her. She adjusted pretty well to that and made a couple things happen that way."
The Trojans were led by Lindstrom, with 16 points, including 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Pike added 15 points and Harmon had 14, with four key assists along the way. Jones had eight and Colebourne five.
Salmon led all scorers with 20 points, but Emily Winter was the next-highest scorer with seven points, including 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
That kind of unbalanced scoring has hurt the Red Raiders all season.
As for winning the Battle of Tosa, both Imperiale and Lindstrom were thrilled with the victory.
"It was really nice," Imperiale said. "When I was at Greendale and we would beat Greenfield, it was one more year of being Kings of the town. To do it in this manner was even better."
Lindstrom was a little more emotional when asked if it was cool to beat their crosstown rival.
"Oh God yeah," she said.
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