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Brookfield East girls whip Bulldogs in GMC basketball opener

But team loses two tough non-conference games

Dec. 16, 2013

Coach Mike Goodman's Brookfield East girls won only one of three basketball games last week. But the victory came in the most important game of the season.

After losing a heartbreaker to an excellent Germantown (4-0) team, 60-59, in overtime on Dec. 10, the Spartans (2-5) bumped off West Allis Central (1-3), 67-29, in the Greater Metro Conference opener at home on Friday.

They closed out the week with a 45-37 loss to unbeaten Sheboygan North (5-0).

Bulldogs collared

The Spartans led by nine (13-4) after the first quarter and then scored an amazing 35 points in the second quarter to roll into halftime with a 48-15 lead.

So what happened in the second quarter?

"A little bit of everything," Goodman said. "We picked up full court, just like we always do, so we forced some turnovers and converted on a lot of transition points.

"Our transition game looked almost flawless, as 10 different players scored in the second quarter and 12 players scored overall in the game.

"We hit three 3-pointers in the quarter, but the girls were patient with the zone and moved the ball very well. Our offensive rebounding has been a strength all year and that continued as well."

The second half the pace slowed down a bit, as East had a 19-14 advantage as they started the GMC season with a 1-0 record.

Bria Brown led the Bulldogs with 10 points, but that was not enough to off-set the Spartans balance.

Goodman played 15 girls and 12 of them got on the scoreboard. Sophomore Jen Wandt led the way with a game-high 11 points and junior Kellie Goodman had nine.

Senior Sam Van Rens and sophomore Mariah Miller scored seven each and senior Adriana Gibbs and freshman Lauren Dusing had six apiece.

Nail-biting loss

East trailed, 17-11, after the first quarter, but the Spartans outscored the Warhawks, 19-14, to pull within one at halftime (31-30).

Germantown seemed to have put the game away with a 15-7 third quarter to lead (46-37), but East doubled up the score in the fourth period (18-9) to send the game into overtime at 55-55.

Germantown won the low-scoring overtime period, 5-4, and the game.

"I have never coached in a more energetic and exciting game than the Germantown one," coach Goodman said. "The girls worked so hard to put themselves in a position to win that game, after being down by nine going into the fourth, but silly mistakes at the end cost us.

"I guess on the bright side, if we can get those silly mistakes out during our non-conference games, we would like to have a great year in conference."

Taylor Higginbotham led the Warhawks with 12, while sophomores Angela Pichler exploded for 24 points and Abby Gregg had 14 for East.

Golden Raiders roll

Unbeaten Sheboygan North only led 24-19 at intermission, but then the Golden Raiders went on a 15-9 run in the third quarter.

Trailing 39-28 going into the final quarter, East had a 9-6 advantage which was too little, too late.

Madison Wolf led North with 11 points, while Miller (13 points), Kellie Goodman and Gregg had eight points apiece.

"This season has been a lot of woulda, coulda, shoulda," coach Goodman said. "We have moments where we play as well as anybody, and moments where our execution is a little lax.

"We are making huge gains though, and to have four losses against top 10 teams is not too bad. But, we need to start converting on those victories because I know we can."

East, which hosted Brookfield Central on Dec. 17, travels to West Allis Hale (0-1, 1-3) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. They are off until Dec. 27 when they travel to Mukwonago.

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