Sometimes teams have nights where every shot attempt goes in. There are also games in which the opposite seems true.
It has been the story of the past two weeks for the Wauwatosa West girls basketball team. Following a week in which the Trojans shot better than 50 percent, West struggled from the field in its two games last week.
Tosa West was able to do enough to overcome a poor shooting night to collect a 49-46 win over last-place Greendale on Feb. 7, but the same could not be said in a 61-48 loss to state-ranked New Berlin West on Feb. 10.
With the split, the Trojans moved to 8-13 overall and 5-10 in the Woodland West.
Tosa West shot just 15 of 60 (25.0 percent) from the field and made just 3 of 26 tries from 3-point distance and 16 of 34 free-throw attempts in their win over the Panthers.
The Trojans were able to get the job done on the defensive end, however, taking a pair of late charges to lock up what was their third consecutive win at the time. Up 47-46 late, senior forward Dasia Davis drew an offensive foul, but Tosa West couldn't hit free throws on the other end. Junior guard Emily Wagy stepped up to take a charge on Greendale's next possession, and senior guard Libby Fassbender then iced the game with two free throws with three seconds left.
"We had a rough time shooting," Tosa West coach Gordon Nikolic said. "Coming off that big win over Whitnall (on Feb. 3), it was kind of a down game. We ended up making big defensive stops at the end. We just struggled to score and shot really poor.
"We missed a lot of easy ones we usually make. We seemed uptight a bit. We were going through a stretch where we were supposed to beat teams, and we are not used to that yet. They felt a little pressure, knowing it should have been a win for us."
Davis led the Trojans with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Wagy finished with 10 points, while junior guard Emma Elliott had five points and seven rebounds.
Tosa West came out shooting well against New Berlin West, which entered last week ranked No. 2 in the Division 2 state coaches poll. The Trojans went 11 for 22 from the field in the first half to build a 31-25 lead, but they shot 5 for 30 in the second half, allowing the Vikings to pull away.
"We played well," Nikolic said. "We played good enough to win. But for whatever reason, shots just didn't go again. There were a couple of in and outs and a couple of layups that just didn't fall."
Tosa West was slated to play its regular-season finale against Pewaukee (18-3, 12-3 Woodland West), ranked No. 4 in Division 2, on Feb. 14. The Trojans received the No. 6 seed in their half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional and will host No. 11 seed Messmer (4-17 overall, 3-8 Midwest Classic) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. With a win, Tosa West would play at No. 3 seed Whitefish Bay (13-8, 8-5 North Shore) on Friday, Feb. 24.
"We thought we would be around the sixth seed," Nikolic said. "We won't have to worry about (top seed) Pius until sectionals. We're pretty happy. I think we match up well against Whitefish Bay. They are a defensive team. I don't want to look past Messmer, but that's a game we should be OK in. One of our goals was to get to the regional final this year. We'll try to get to the Bay game and hopefully get to the regional final and see what happens."