A three-game losing streak seems like a distant memory for the Muskego girls basketball team.
The Warriors have fully recovered from their early-season skid, as a 50-35 win over South Milwaukee on Jan. 13 and a 57-33 victory over Waukesha North last week extended their winning streak to four games.
With contributions coming from up and down its entire roster, Muskego has won five of its last six with the only loss during the stretch being a 1-point heartbreaker to Kettle Moraine.
"Two good wins on the road this past week," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "We are getting a lot of players scoring and being an offensive threat for us. It truly is a great team effort each and every night."
A big first half allowed the Warriors to cruise past the Northstars. Muskego led, 34-9, at the break en route to a 24-point win.
"We played one of our best halves of the season during the first half," Hirtz said. "Our defense was really solid and energetic, which helped us hold them to 9 points. Our offense was efficient, and we made several big shots throughout the half. We have been working hard on our defense in practice, so it was nice to see it come alive in this game."
Maddy Harrison and Hannah Kath each scored 12 points to lead the Warriors, which had nine difference players score. Sarah Anderson finished with 7 points, Savanah Balcerak added 6 points and Kate Brandstatter chipped in with 5 points.
With the win, Muskego improved to 9-5 overall and 3-4 in the Classic Eight Conference. The Warriors sit in fifth place, a half-game behind Waukesha West at 3-3 and two games back of third-place Kettle Moraine at 5-2.
Muskego picked up a 50-35 nonconference victory over South Milwaukee on Jan. 10. The Warriors took a 27-20 lead into halftime and pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Rockets, 23-15.
"South Milwaukee was a grind-it-out type game," Hirtz said. "We played solid defense down the stretch and were able to slowly pull away as the game went on. It was a good team win."
The Warriors again received balanced scoring, as eight different players had points, led by Harrison with 17 points. Anderson added 9 points, Kenni Czarnecki scored 6 points and Andrea Mlachnik had 5 points.
Muskego will host Arrowhead (12-2, 6-1 Classic Eight) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The Warhawks, ranked No. 6 in the Division 1 coaches poll, downed the Warriors, 59-47, when the two teams met at Arrowhead High School on Dec. 6.
"We are looking forward to going against Arrowhead this Friday and seeing what we can do against one of the best teams in the state," Hirtz said.