Muskego's girls basketball team will head into the challenging Classic 8 Conference riding its best start in six years.
The Warriors improved to 4-1 on the season with a 51-43 road victory at previously unbeaten Brookfield East on Nov. 29. It is Muskego's best mark through five games since 2010-11, when it began the year by winning 10 of its first 11 games.
After the game was tied, 24-24, at halftime, Muskego outscored the Spartans, 27-19, in the second half to come away with its second consecutive win.
"I'm really pleased with the win over Brookfield East on the road," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "First half, we were getting outrebounded and outhustled a little bit. We talked about that at halftime, and the players responded well and did a much better job in the second half. That was a big difference in the second half, as we limited their second-chance opportunities.
Maddy Harrison led Muskego with 18 points. Hannah Kath added 16 points, while Savanah Balcerak had 6 points. Kenni Czarnecki had 5 points and eight rebounds, and Andrea Mlachnik had three points and seven steals.
The Warriors will be tested right off the bat in conference play, as they open with road games against top-ranked Arrowhead on Dec. 6 and Waukesha West on Dec. 9.
"We are pleased to be 4 -1 heading into conference play," Hirtz said. "We have a tough start in conference with Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Kettle Moraine as three of our first four conference games. But every game in the Classic 8 is real tough, and we love playing in this conference."