Central girls can't catch up to Oak Creek in non-conference tilt
Record fell to 2-5 before matchup with Waukesha South
The Brookfield Central girls basketball team continued its up and mostly down season by dropping a non-conference game to Oak Creek, 54-44, on Dec. 21 at Central.
The Knights (5-2) used a 17-10 second quarter to put some space between them and the Lady Lancers at halftime, 30-20, and then played Central even in the second half (24-24).
Senior forward Anna Liewen scored seven of her 12 points in the first quarter, as the Lancers never got the lead back after Liewen nailed a 3-pointer for a 10-9 lead with 2:03 remaining. But Oak Creek's Stephanie Kostowicz hit two baskets and the Knights were off and running.
If there was a player of the game it was 5-foot-6 inch Knights junior guard Morgan Kokta, who nailed three 3-pointers - her only points of the night - in the second quarter. Her last three came at 3:06 left in the half and gave Oak Creek a 28-17 lead.
"She's our point guard, probably our most steady player and she holds us together," Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik said. "She hasn't had a lot of opportunities to score. We're looking at ways to get her involved in the offense more and she came through."
Juniors Sarah Fotsch and Debbie Entzminger each scored five points in the third period as the Lancers had a 13-12 edge, but could only cut the lead to 42-33 going into the final quarter.
Central was trailing 36-25 with 4:44 left in the period, when Fotsch scored on a rebound, Entzminger hit a three and Fotsch hit a lay-up to cut the lead to 36-32, causing Hluchnik to call time out.
Then Oak Creek came out of the timeout and Kostowicz, Katie Finn and Tamya Sims hit baskets to one free throw by Fotsch and that was the last of the Lady Lancers' threats.
"We knew they would make a run," Hluchnik said. "Part of it was we gave them second and third chances in the third quarter - that's how they got back in the game. But we shut that down and that was the difference."
Central coach Dan Wandrey was at a loss for words.
"They were more prepared, executed better, played harder. They won the game in every area," he said. "How many times was the ball on the ground and we never got it. In every drill we practice there is an emphasis on rebounding. They must have had eight points off rebounds in the second quarter."
The Lady Lancers (2-5), who played Waukesha South on Wednesday, is off until meeting Brookfield East on Jan. 6.
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