Hamilton girls nip Brookfield Central in GMC basketball opener
Busch's shooting brings Lancers close in final seconds
Nobody cried foul Friday night at Sussex Hamilton, but the Brookfield Central girls would have been justified, as the Lancers dropped their Greater Metro Conference opener, 32-31, in a game that was decided at the free throw line.
The Chargers (2-2, 1-0) made six more free throws than the Lancers attempted (eight) in a game that was a low-scoring nail-bitter. In the end, Hamilton finished 14-for-31, a .452 shooting percentage from the free throw line, while the Lancers managed 2-for-8, a .250 mark.
Both teams brought their defenses to the game, but left their offenses in the locker room.
After a 2-2 first period, the Lancers went into intermission with an 11-10 advantage. The Chargers came out in the third period and went on an 11-5 tear and took a 21-16 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Central then almost matched its three-quarter total by scoring 15 points, but the Chargers held on for the crushing one-point win.
Freshman Caroline Busch had eight points, which included two 3-pointers down the stretch that kept the Lancers in the game. Junior Emma Brauer and senior Alena Moro had six points each.
The Chargers were led by Taylor Klug with 11 points, Hannah Menzia with nine and Molly Diehl with seven.
Lydia Rohde managed three points as she didn't make it to the game until 20 minutes beforehand, as she was under the weather.
"We faced adversity," coach Dan Wandrey said. "We battled back to take a 16-10 lead, before the Chargers rallied to take a 25-18 lead."
The Lancers, who played Brookfield East on Dec. 17, host Wauwatosa East at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
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