Friday night was a good night for coach Mike Goodman and the Brookfield East girls basketball team.
First of all, the Spartans beat Wauwatosa East, 47-39, at home.
Second. it was first-year coach Goodman's initial win as the East head coach.
Third, it was the Spartans first win of the year, making them 1-0 in Greater Metro Conference and 1-3 overall.
Finally, it snapped a 15-game conference losing streak going back to Feb. 24, 2011 when they won, 53-50, at West Allis Hale.
"The girls played so hard, and it was absolutely amazing to see the smiles on their faces after the win," Goodman said. "They haven't been able to enjoy that feeling much in the past couple years, but I think they realize the hard work they are putting in will pay off."
The Spartans won the game in the first (13-4) and fourth (11-6) quarters, outscoring Tosa East, 24-10.
"We just keep getting better and better," Goodman said. "We never trailed in this game and the only tie was at 0-0. We jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led by nine at the end of the first (quarter). We took a 9-point lead in at halftime and a 14 point lead going into the fourth."
Having a lead has been unusual for the Spartans and they have to learn to deal with it according to Goodman.
"We still need to improve on playing with the lead," he said, "but this game was a big step in that direction. We also needed a little stronger play from our bench in this game, but we were able to put together a solid four quarters.
"I told the girls at the end of the game, this is where we want to get to; where we won by eight, and enjoy the victory, but have that feeling in the back of our minds that we could have played a little more consistent."
Leading scorers for Brookfield East were Mariah Miller with 13, Emily Utic with 11, Kellie Goodman with 10 and Angela Pichler with nine. For Wauwatosa East Katie Salmon led with 15 and Alayah Walls with 10.
Tosa East coach Rob Hamill added some good comments about Goodman and Pichler, in particular.
"Give Brook East credit to the new coach with a new young point guard," he said. "That has made a big difference for them. They played with great intensity and spirit."
It may be one win, but Goodman was enjoying it.
"I love coaching this team, and it's only one game, but it is definitely nice to see Brookfield East at the top of the Greater Metro standings."
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