Pius XI nips New Berlin Eisenhower, stops 43-game win streak
Defeat followed opening rout of Tosa West
New Berlin - It was a night with two milestones for the Eisenhower girls on Friday, but neither were good for the Lions.
First, the Lions fell to Pius XI, 39-34, in their first meeting as Woodland-West Division members and in a game they could have won.
Second, the loss to the Popes snapped a 43-game Woodland Conference winning streak going back to Jan. 30, 2010, when Pewaukee beat Eisenhower 59-52 at Ike.
"It came down to they made their shots and we didn't, it really came down to that," said a disappointed Ike coach Gary Schmidt as his team shot 23 percent in the first half.
"We committed way too many fouls," he continued. "I guess that means we were getting there too late. This was a mentally-tough game for us to win. It was winnable for us."
Schmidt commended the Pope girls.
"Kudos to them," he said. "They played well, stayed after us the whole game. The bottom line was they hit the shots when they needed to."
The referees let the teams play and the Popes took advantage of it, despite the fact that the Lions were a bigger team. The first half was downright ugly, as Pius XI led 8-5 after one quarter and 14-13 at intermission.
The Popes then had a 16-5 third quarter, sparked by 3-pointers by Gabby Green, Dallas Chladek, Vivevca Nwagbaraocha and Aaliyah Ramirez and rolled into the final period with a 30-18 advantage.
Jenny Weiland and Sammy Kozlowski, a former Pope, then took over in the final period for Eisenhower, scoring seven and six points, respectively, in a 17-9 period.
Ike had a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 32-27 with 3:29 left in the game as Kozlowski hit a 3-pointer, Katie Lang had a putback basket, Kristen Hesselbach hit a 3-pointer and Weiland nailed two free throws.
But what didn't show up in the scoreboard was the fact that the Lions missed four easy fastbreak layups and a putback in this stretch.
The Popes didn't get a basket in the fourth period, but did sink 9-of-18 free throws to account for their scoring.
Chladek had 11 points and Nwagbaraocha and Green had 10 each while Kozlowski and Weiland had 11 points apiece.
"It turned into a physical game, but we didn't know what way it was going to go," Schmidt said. "I think we needed to be more physical too. That's my fault. I should have had them more prepared for that.
"We're not as quick as them, but we're right there," Schmidt continued. "They put pressure on you and I knew that was going to happen. I thought it was a good game. Unfortunately for us, we just didn't do enough of the right things today."
The Lions rolled to a Woodland Conference opening 62-30 win over Wauwatosa West on Nov. 27 on the road to start off the week.
Kozlowski led the way with 16 points, followed by Lang with 14, Weiland with 12 and Erin Ganzke with eight.
Eisenhower jumped out to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and then expanded it to 41-12 at intermission with a 21-5 second quarter.
In case the Trojans had any idea of a comeback to start the second half, the Lions put a quick end to that with a 17-2 third quarter.
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