Muskego's girls basketball team opened its season by splitting its first two games.
The Warriors routed Waterford by 20 points on Nov. 15 but fell to Kenosha Tremper in their home opener on Nov. 18. Muskego cruised to a 46-26 win over the Wolverines, as the Warriors held Waterford to just nine points in the second half.
"We had the expected first-game jitters to start but settled in nicely defensively in the second half," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "We held them scoreless for a 13-minute span and were able to establish a nice lead halfway through the second half."
Maddy Harrison led Muskego with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kenni Czarnecki added nine points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Anderson added 10 points. Point guard Andrea Mlachnik had five points, six rebounds and did not turn the ball over. Freshman Savanah Balcarek also gave the Warriors good minutes in her first varsity game.
Waterford, which finished last season at 5-18, was just 9-for-44 from the field (20.5 percent) and hit only one of its 10 3-point attempts. The Warriors also forced the Wolverines into 19 turnovers.
Unable to hold a halftime lead, Muskego fell, 58-49, to Kenosha Tremper. The Warriors took a 25-22 advantage into the break, but they were outscored, 36-24, over the final 18 minutes.
"It can be summed up as too many mistakes on both sides of the floor that lead to the loss," Hirtz said. "We had way too many turnovers offensively and too many mistakes defensively that led to a ton of fouls and free throws for them. We want to play fast but under control, and in this game we played fast and out of control."
Harrison scored 17 points with six rebounds to pace the Warriors. Hannah Kath added nine points, while Sarah Anderson scored eight points and Kate Brandstatter had five points.
Janelle Caira and Amari Whittington each scored 15 points for Kenosha Bradford. The Trojans went 26-for-34 from the free-throw line, while the Warriors were 17-for-27.
"Despite playing poorly, we led at halftime, and we were within one to two points until about two minutes left in the game," Hirtz said. "Tremper made a lot of free throws to win the game. We hate the loss, but we can learn a lot from the game, and we will get better."
Muskego is scheduled to play in the Blessings in a Backpack Charity Tournament at Menomonee Falls High School on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26.
The Warriors will face Slinger at 6 p.m. Nov. 25, while Menomonee Falls and Port Washington will play at 8 p.m. The winners will square off in the championship game at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 with the third-place game at 6 p.m.