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Wauwatosa East's girls basketball team handled Milwaukee Marshall with ease Nov. 22, cruising to a 51-12 win to move to 2-0 on the season.

The Red Raiders held Marshall to just five points in the first half to hold a 26-5 advantage at the break.

"I was and continue to be happy with our intensity on both ends of the floor but especially on the defensive side," Wauwatosa East coach Rob Hamill said. "I think our team understands that if you can't defend it is going to be difficult to have success.

"I think we all came away from the game with a respect for Marshall. Though they had a short bench and had an injury during the game, they continued to battle hard and never quit at any point during the game."

Brooklyn Blackburn led Tosa East with 12 points, while Molly Persin added 10. Mariana Ibanez-Baldor, Evan Knauss and Johanna Taylor each had six points.

Hamill feels captains Taylor, Cora Bilitz and Liz Bueckers have been successful in preparing the young team on and off the court in the early going, while Ibanez-Baldor has solidified the point guard position and Sydney Halstead has become a strong defender.

"It was really a team win for us, with all of our players contributing something positive during the game," Hamill said. "I think we also came away with an understanding that we have to take much better care of the ball as we look forward to the start of conference play. We had far too many turnovers."

Up next

The Red Raiders were scheduled to face Saint Thomas More in a nonconference game Tuesday, Nov. 29, before opening Greater Metro Conference play at Brookfield East on Friday, Dec. 2.

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