Trailing at halftime, Muskego's girls basketball team made a critical adjustment that allowed the Warriors to hit their stride in the second half against Waukesha South.
The Warriors outscored the Blackshirts, 41-21, after the break to come away with a 58-45 victory on Jan. 6, improving to 7-5 overall and 2-4 in the Classic 8.
Waukesha South, also 7-5 overall and 2-4 in league play, led 24-17 at halftime before Muskego took over the game for the final 18 minutes.
"We started out slow in the game against their zone defense," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "We settled for a lot of outside shots and didn't get the ball inside. The second half we were able to adjust our offensive alignment with Maddy Harrison and Hannah Kath inside, and it opened up the scoring for us and changed the game in our favor."
Junior guard Maddy Harrison led three Warriors in double figures with 16 points. Senior forward Hannah Kath finished with 13 points, senior forward Leah Bolskar scored 12 points and sophomore forward Kenni Czarnecki added 6 points.
Maggie Johnson led Waukesha South with 13 points, and Sabrina Andringa had 10 points.
The Warriors went 18-for-31 from the foul line, while the Blackshirts were 16-for-23.
"We had good aggressive attacks and inside touches," Hirtz said. "That also got us to the line, and we made a majority of our free throws in the second half."
Muskego entered this week winners of three of its last four games. The Warriors are tied for fifth place in the Classic Eight with Waukesha South, 1½ games behind fourth-place Waukesha West and two games behind third-place Kettle Moraine. Mukwonago leads the conference at 6-0 with Arrowhead in second place at 5-1.
The Warriors were scheduled to play a nonconference game at South Milwaukee (4-6 overall, 2-4 Woodland East) on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Muskego will travel to Waukesha North to face the Northstars (3-8, 0-5 Classic 8) in a Classic 8 game at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.