The Wauwatosa West girls snapped an eight-game losing streak on Jan. 22, defeating Greenfield, 44-36, at home.
The win improved their record to 3-12 overall and 3-6 in the Woodland West Division, good enough for fifth place. This was the Trojans' first win since a 69-4 victory at Brown Deer on Dec. 8. Greenfield is 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the Woodland East, which puts the Hustlin' Hawks in third place.
West hits the road for games at Shorewood (6-3) on Jan. 26 and at South Milwaukee (2-7) on Jan. 29, both games at 7:30 p.m.
In the eight-point win over Greenfield on Friday, the Trojans got off to a 24-18 lead at halftime and then added two more points to their total in the second half (20-18).
'We did a nice job of helping early, forcing Greenfield to take outside shots and then completing the series with solid rebounding,' coach Ashley Imperiale said. 'I was also really happy with how we ran the floor from tip to the end of the game. Offensively, our ball movement was much more efficient and effective. I felt our girls were less robotic and were making basketball reads.'
The game shouldn't have been that close as the Trojans shot poorly from the free-throw line, hitting 5-for-20 (.250), thus keeping the Hustlin' Hawks in the game.
Senior forward Emma Clough was the only West player in double figures with 11 points, while senior guard Gabby Zabala added 8, and senior guard Emily Katula and sophomore wing Emma Elliott scored 7 points apiece.
'Emma Clough played well,' Imperiale said. 'She's struggled to knock down shots this year, and we've been working to get her to attack the rim and finish at the rim. Something clicked both Friday and Saturday where she didn't always settle for the quick jumper, and she had some success. We need that consistency from her, and it was a good weekend to see that ability to finish from her.
'Emily Katula and Gaby Zabala have both been doing a great job of leading in practices and pushing others.'
Imperiale also had some nice thoughts on Elliott.
'Emma Elliott is growing each game, and I'm very happy to see her pushing the ball up the floor and shooting with confidence,' she said. 'She has a nice combination of length and strength, and her ability to finish through contact and extend a defense with her ability to knock down 3s is a much-needed weapon for us.'
Rounding out the scoring was sophomore guard Emily Wagy, junior guard Libbi Fassbender and senior forward Megan Stoffel with 6, 3 and 2 points, respectively.
The Trojans also lost a 45-43 thriller at Wauwatosa East on Jan. 23 in their annual nonconference game.