Big wins escape Muskego boys, girls basketball teams
Warriors squads lose tight games to Waukesha West
Chances at significant victories against a strong Classic 8 Conference opponent barely slipped away from the Muskego basketball teams on Friday night.
Both squads had shots at upsetting conference co-leader Waukesha West, but the boys team lost a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and fell 81-76 in overtime and the girls unit dropped a 36-34 contest.
The boys controlled their contest for three quarters, said head coach Andy Capes. They were up 19-10 after one period and 38-24 at the half, then built their advantage to as many as 18 points in the third.
West put on a nice run to close within 54-43 after three quarters, then turned around the game in the final period.
Miscues in fourth
"Anything that could have gone wrong, went wrong," Capes said of the fourth period. "We had turnovers, we missed some open shots, some layups. The gym just got tighter and tighter, and we made some mistakes.
"We didn't play very smart at times. West turned up the intensity and we didn't respond well."
The Wolverines tied the game with about 10 seconds left and Muskego missed a potential game-winning shot.
The overtime started out back and forth, but West converted a three-point play and basket for a six-point lead, then held on from there.
Brandon Glandt led the Warriors with 23 points, while Mike Vidmar put in 12 points, Turner Kehoe 11 and Trevor Bednarek and Jack Mlachnik each nine points.
The loss dropped Muskego to 2-6 in the conference and 4-11 overall. West moved to 7-2, tied with two other teams for the Classic 8 lead, and 12-3 overall.
"We've actually been playing well lately," Capes said. "We played Arrowhead close and beat Waukesha South. We just haven't finished teams off. We are learning how to win and finish games."
Girls just miss upset
The Muskego girls similarly had an opportunity to knock off West, which remained tied for the conference lead at 7-1 and improved to 12-2 for the season.
They had the ball in the final minute in a tie game but committed a turnover, and the Wolverines netted two free throws with four seconds left to take the lead at 36-34.
"We competed the whole game," head coach Brian Hirtz said. "This shows how far we've come, because they beat us by a larger margin (35-17) the first time we played."
Hannah Kath and Emily Schulte each scored 10 points and Dani Abella seven for the Warriors.
With the loss, the Warriors fell to 0-8 in the Classic 8 and 0-14 overall.
Muskego had earlier dropped a 57-45 decision to Greater Metro Conference co-leader Brookfield Central on Jan. 20.
In that game, Kath scored 13 points, Chelsey Witkowiak nine points and Sammy Schneiker eight points. The Warriors had trouble overcoming a 17-5 deficit after one period.
"We just need to get over the hump," Hirtz said. "Our improvement is clear, though."
The boys welcome Waukesha North at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, while the girls visit North. The boys lost 52-51 to the North Stars in the first meeting and the girls fell 62-53.
On Feb. 4, the boys visit Oconomowoc and the girls welcome Lake Geneva Badger.
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