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New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball

There was no easing into the season for the defending state champion New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team.

The Lions began their title defense with a pair of games against state-ranked teams. After taking down DSHA, 48-39, on Nov. 22, Eisenhower lost, 49-46, to Madison Edgewood on Nov. 26 at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout.

"I see it coming," Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt said. "I'm very optimistic. We've got the pieces to the puzzle. We just have to put them into place and get them all working together.

"Both of these games we knew would be tough. We got exactly what we wanted."

Trailing 25-21 at halftime against the Dashers, Eisenhower got going in the second half and outscored DSHA, 27-14, in the second half. The Dashers received honorable-mention consideration in the preseason Wissports.net Division 1 poll.

Senior forward Jasmyn Somarsingh led the Lions with 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Katie Ludwig had 10 points; sophomore guard Julia Hintz had seven points and five assists; and junior forward Hannah Plockelman added seven points and nine rebounds.

Eisenhower, which is ranked No. 2 in Division 2, battled Edgewood, the top-ranked team in Division 3, right down to the wire. But unlike in the DSHA game, the Lions were never able to get over the hump.

The Lions shot 38.1 percent from the field and hit just six of their 20 3-point attempts against the Edgewood zone defense.

"We just didn't shoot well," Schmidt said. "It is early in the season. We're pressing a little bit. I don't think our execution is really good right now, but we're adding a lot of people into the mix. We have to do some developing ourselves. It is going to take some time."

The Crusaders used a 10-3 run to take a 30-23 lead with 14:34 left. Edgewood increased its lead to 38-29 with 8:45 to play and held a 45-34 lead with 2:28 remaining.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Ludwig and Hintz pulled Eisenhower to within 47-44 with 50 seconds on the clock. Jasmyn Somarsignh scored in the lane to make it 49-46 with 10 seconds left. Edgewood star and Stanford commit Estella Moschkau then missed the front end of the bonus, which allowed the Lions one last shot. Ludwig got a good look the basket, but her tying 3-point attempt hit the back iron.

"I thought it was down," Schmidt said. "I think if we would have got that it would have been a different game."

Ludwig led Eisenhower with 20 points, while Hintz added 11. Plockelman had five points and five rebounds, and Moschkau finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders.

New Berlin West girls basketball

New Berlin West's girls basketball team split its two games last week to move to 3-1 on the season.

The Vikings fell, 57-53, in overtime at Brookfield East on Nov. 22 before bouncing back with a 46-31 rout of Green Bay Preble in the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout on Nov. 26.

"We're in the fire already where some teams have just played their first game," West coach Collin Thompson said. "We have some things we have to adjust and need to add, but all in all, I can't be happier with our performance so far."

Against the Spartans, Alyssa Nelson scored seven points during a 12-2 run by West over the final three minutes of the first half that gave the Vikings a 32-22 halftime lead.

Brookfield East immediately got back into the game by scoring the first six points of the second half to cut West's lead to 32-28. The Spartans eventually pulled even with the Vikings at 42-42 with 5:45 to play.

Spartans guard Nikki Pink made just one of two free throws with 27 seconds left, which allowed Nelson to tie the game with a jumper in the lane with 12 seconds to play.

West missed a pair of 3-point attempts to start overtime before Pink buried a triple to give the Spartans a 53-50 lead. Nelson hit a pair of free throws to make it 53-52 with 1:47 left. Molly DeValkenaere then hit two free throws for Brookfield East with 1:04 to play, and the Vikings would not get within two points the rest of the way.

"We didn't execute down the stretch," Thompson said. "We had opportunities to score baskets, and we just didn't pass and catch the ball. That's what it came down to."

Nelson led West with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Lily Adkison finished with 11 points and five rebounds, Berens added nine points, and Ewelina Schlomann had eight points.

The Vikings finished with 26 turnovers, including six over the final four minutes of regulation and overtime.

West held Green Bay Preble scoreless over the first 10 minutes, 33 seconds and led 16-0 before the Hornets scored their first points. The Vikings didn't look back from there in an easy win.

"We didn't shoot all that well, but we had good looks and were patient within our offense," Thompson said.

Preble did present West with some challenges, as the smaller Vikings were forced to defend the high-low game of the Hornets, which featured multiple girls over 6-foot tall.

"It will definitely be a common theme of us being the shorter team," Nelson said. "It will benefit us because we are a lot quicker. We've proven that we can guard all of them no matter what their size is."

Nelson finished with 20 points for the second consecutive game. Adkison scored eight points, while Berens and Maddie Fritz each had five points. Ruwandi Wijenayake grabbed four rebounds, including three on the offensive end to keep possessions alive.

Muskego boys swimming

Muskego's boys swimming and diving team began its season by taking first place at the Watertown Triangular on Nov. 22.

The Warriors scored 269 team points to easily beat Greenfield (151 points) and Watertown (136 points).

"This meet was a starting point for the boys to see where they stand, as they will begin a long and grueling Classic 8 schedule," Muskego coach Larry Milton said. "I was very impressed with what I saw and very encouraged by the efforts of these boys put forth at this meet."

Junior Jack Rohlinger took first place in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Evan Slonac won the 200 and 500 freestyle, freshman Liam Bangs took first place in the 100 freestyle and sophomore Ben Gabby claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke.

The Warriors also won the 200 freestyle relay (Rohlinger, Slonac, junior Josh Paquette, freshman Nick Schuster) and the 400 freestyle relay (Rohlinger, Slonac, senior Ryan Fisher, junior Josh Paquette).

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