The Brookfield East girls basketball team had a week filled with lows and highs.
First the low.
East didn't reach double figures in any quarter in a 58-20 loss Dec. 11 at first-place Sussex Hamilton (3-0).
Kellie Goodman and Mariah Miller were the Spartans' leading scorers with five points each. Miller also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Chargers' Mackenzie Latt had 23 points, outscoring East by herself.
Now the high.
The Spartans beat West Allis Hale 62-43 at home, battling for three quarters before blowing out the Huskies in the fourth quarter with a 20-7 run.
"We just keep working hard, keep fighting and we are learning to play with the lead," Spartans Coach Mike Goodman said. "So, instead of letting them hang around, we took control."
East got off to a slow start, making seven turnovers in the first eight possessions, and dug themselves into a 10-0 hole.
"I pulled all five of them and went to my bench and they played outstanding," Goodman said. "We luckily ended up tied at the end of the first quarter."
Miller led the way with 14 points, but was only 4-for-12 (.333) from the free-throw line. Goodman added 13, only 2-for-5 from the free-throw line, and point guard Angela Pichler (10) and Abby Gregg (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring.
"I'm very happy with the balance of scoring and many of the younger players are really improving nicely," he said. "It is great to see how comfortable they are getting individually and as a team.
Goodman said a balanced scoring attack put the defense in a difficult position.
"Who do they look to stop?" he said. "We even created a lot of open shots for each other and would have liked to see more shots fall, but that will come too."
While Gregg (4-for-4) and Pichler (2-for-3) combined for 6-for-7 from the free-throw line, the Spartans struggled with free throws, going 14-for-31 (.452).
"It is great we got to the free-throw line as often as we did," Goodman said. "We just need to work on the mentality we have at the free-throw line. The girls are playing great and getting more and more confident with each passing day."
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