Wauwatosa East's girls basketball came ready to play in its season opener, as the Red Raiders used a strong first half to come away with a 48-39 road victory over Wisconsin Lutheran on Nov. 18.
The Red Raiders held the Vikings to just 16 points in the first half to take a 12-point advantage at the break.
"This was a total team victory," Wauwatosa East coach Rob Hamill said. "We had practiced well leading up to the game, and I think that had a lot to do with our effectiveness, especially on the defensive end of the floor. This team seems to understand the need to practice hard and challenge each other during the week so we are ready to play."
Mariana Ibanez-Baldor led Tosa East with 11 points, including hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Sydney Halstead finished with eight points, Elizabeth Bueckers and Johanna Taylor each had seven points and Brooklyn Blackburn added six points.
The Red Raiders sealed the win by hitting 17 of their 20 free-throw attempts.
"I think Mariana will prove to be a major part of any success we have this season," Hamill said. "She sees the floor extremely well and was the spark that led to the win on Friday.
"But that doesn't mean the contributions of others weren't important. Liz Bueckers was very active defensively and hit all her free throws. Same with Sydney Halstead. She played really good defense and made all her free throws. I was especially happy to see the balanced scoring throughout our lineup. It was really just an overall very good first game against a good team."
Tosa East was scheduled to host Milwaukee Marshall on Tuesday, Nov 22. The Red Raiders will take on Saint Thomas More at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.