The Wauwatosa East girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak to the top teams in the Greater Metro Conference by finishing the week with an impressive 51-37 win over Menomonee Falls on Feb. 5 at home.
The Red Raiders had opened the week with a 49-38 loss to first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels on Feb. 2 at Tosa East. They had previously lost to Brookfield Central, 49-35, and Sussex Hamilton, 69-51, both on the road on Jan. 26 and Jan. 29. All three of those teams are 30-6 (.833) in the GMC and 45-13 (.849).
Tosa East played good enough defense to stay in the game with first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels, but foul trouble eventually led to a 49-38 loss Feb. 2 at home.
DSHA barely led, 18-17, at intermission, before the Dashers pulled away with a 31-21 second half.
'The score ended up not being truly indicative of the close, hard-fought nature of the game,' East coach Rob Hamill said. 'We were down 2 points with four minutes left, and we got in the situation in which fouls were necessary to have a chance to possess the ball. They knocked down their free throws, we missed a couple and they end up securing the victory.'
But Hamill was happy with his team's defense.
'We returned to form on the defensive end, and that is what gave us the chance for the win,' he said. 'It didn't work out, but our players proved something to themselves I think. It was good to see Tori Logan contribute on offense. I think she played better to her strength on the offensive end.'
Dashers star Taylor Drost led all scorers with 25 points, including 13 of 15 from the free-throw line. Megan Misiewicz had 9 points, including 7-for-8 from the charity stripe, where the DSHA finished 24-for-29 (.828).
Logan, a senior, led East with 11 but struggled from the free-throw line (1-6), where the Red Raiders finished 9-for-18 (.500). Freshman Brooklyn Blackburn scored 10 points, followed by seniors Bailey Berlin (9) and Maya Walls (8).
Big second half
The key to the Red Raiders' 51-37 win over Menomonee Falls on Feb. 5 at home was an impressive second half.
Leading by the slim margin of 22-19 at intermission, the Red Raiders went on a run and outscored the Indians, 29-18, in the second half.
'Basically one of our best offensive starts to a game all year,' Hamill said. 'Shots were going in, we played good D and had high energy. We got up 14-2 early but gave it all back, and by early second half, the game was tied and a close battle. We expect that, though, from the Falls. They are well coached and have solid players.'
Hamill praised senior Chyna Sincere for her solid second-half performance.
'However, Chyna Sincere had some key baskets, which was nice to see as she usually is most effective on the defensive end,' he said. 'Maya Walls also hit a big 3-pointer in front of our bench to spur on a 20-5 run to close the game and seal the win.'
Berlin led the way with 12 points, followed by Walls with 11, Logan with 9 and Sincere, a senior, with 8. Senior Sammy Jensen and junior Johanna Taylor had 5 points apiece.
'There are still things we need to work on,' Hamill said. 'But the girls have put themselves in good position to have a positive finish. We know it is time to focus, keep the energy up and finish out the regular season strong.'