The Wauwatosa girls basketball team dropped a 60-34 decision at Shorewood on Jan. 24 to open the week and then traveled to South Milwaukee on Jan. 29 and lost a 49-37 decision.
The losses gave West a three-game losing streak as they have lost 11 of 12 games. They are 3-14 overall and 3-8 in the Woodland Conference West.
West only trailed Shorewood by 8 points at halftime, 24-16, but then the Greyhounds took off in the second half, doubling the Trojans' score (36-18) and rolling to the win.
'Shorewood's zone, despite not a surprise, challenged us all night,' West coach Ashley Imperiale said. 'I wanted our girls to penetrate more to draw in two defenders and then create gaps, but we settled too often for jump shots. We were also too shy in cutting to the high post to stretch the defenses.
'We had two stretches where the ball movement and attack of the zone were fantastic, however, those little stretches are not consistent enough.'
Jada Stackhouse scored 21 points to lead Shorewood, and Annie Leo added 18 to outscore the entire West team (39-34).
Senior Emma Clough had a big game for the Trojans, scoring 16 points.
'Emma Clough did a nice job of finding gaps, and I was especially happy to see her read her defender and take the ball to the rim,' Imperiale said. 'That opened her up to take her jumper.'
But the rest of the team only managed 18 points, led by Kate Murphy (4), Olivia Starrett (4) and Emma Elliott (3).
West shot 18 percent from the field (10-for-55) and 50 percent from the free-throw line (8-for-16).
The Rockets shot down the Trojans early, taking a 23-9 lead at halftime, so West's 28-26 second-half advantage wasn't enough to make up the difference in the 49-37 loss.
'Against South Milwaukee, we overall played well defensively,' Imperiale said. 'I loved our energy, I loved the on-floor communication and I thought we played well in the full court and did a solid job rotating as a team and not giving up on the press. Everyone rotated on a string, and we were able to turn South Milwaukee over and speed them up at times.'
Clough led West with 14 points, and Libby Fassbender added 10 (the only double-figure scorers), while Megan Stoffel added 6.
Julia Meyers led South Milwaukee with 16, and Caitlin Schwanke had 11.
The Rockets were deadly from the free-throw line (10 of 12), while West was 8-for-14.
Imperiale pointed out the Trojan's negatives are outweighing the positives.
'Our strengths on the floor — which we have plenty of — are being over shadowed by our struggles to finish and score baskets consistently,' he said. 'We shot 10-for-55 from the floor against Shorewood and then 15-for-51 against South Milwaukee.
'I can't say enough about our girls' persistence and effort to keep working and taking pride on defense. South Milwaukee had their freshman (Julia Meyers), who had eight made 3-pointers coming into the game, get hot and go 3-for-4 against us, and we only scored two baskets from the floor in the first half.'
West hosted Greendale (3-8, 3-14) on Feb. 2 and will host New Berlin West (9-2, 13-4) on Friday, Feb. 5. They then travel to Pewaukee (9-2, 13-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 9.