December 09, 2011 | 09:41 PMUNION GROVE -- She's only a freshman. And she plays in the shadow of one of the area's best players.
But after Friday night's heroics, Badger girls basketball fans won't soon forget the name Lily Quinn.
Down 47-46 with 4.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Tristan Sproul inbounded the ball from under the Badger hoop into the waiting hands of a wide open Quinn. Without hesitation, Quinn laid the ball off the glass and through the net for the decisive hoop and a dramatic 48-47 victory against defending Southern Lakes champion Union Grove in the SLC opener for both teams.
After the basket, Quinn's teammates rushed her on the court, and the girls jumped up and down repeatedly in celebration.
It was the first time since January 2010 that Badger (2-2, 1-0) beat Union Grove. The Broncos won the previous three contests.
Union Grove jumped out to a 15-5 lead, but Badger took a 17-15 lead by the half. The Broncos regained the lead at 18-17 through three quarters.
A Badger victory seemed unlikely late in the fourth quarter. Badger's leading scorer, Lana Wieseman, fouled out, and Union Grove clung to a 35-34 lead with one minute left in regulation.
That's when Emma Kopp took over and nearly single-handedly willed Badger to victory. Kopp drained an NBA-range 3-pointer to give Badger a 37-35 lead, then she knocked down two free throws with 37 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 39-35.
But the Broncos wouldn't quit. They tied the score at 39-39 with 14 seconds left after Stephanie Espinosa missed a free throw for Badger.
Union Grove ended up missing a potential game-winner, and Badger couldn't get a shot off with .4 seconds on the clock, sending the contest into overtime.
In overtime, Sproul pushed the ball up the court and found a streaking Kopp for a layup to give Badger a 45-44 lead with 50 seconds left.
After an errant Union Grove pass turned into a Kopp steal, the senior guard hit one of two free throws, making it 46-44 with 26.8 seconds to go.
However, Union Grove's Ashley Miller, who led the Broncos with 22 points, swished an open triple from the right elbow with 12 seconds left. Kopp went to work, slicing through the defense and putting up an off-balance, one-handed runner through the lane that missed but bounced off the outstretched hands of a Bronco.
After both teams called timeouts, Badger head coach David Jooss thought Kopp would draw all the attention on the inbounds play. He guessed right. There wasn't a Bronco defender within 10 feet of Quinn when she calmly sank the game-winner.
Kopp led all scorers with 23 points, including five in overtime. Wieseman finished with eight points. Quinn added five points and came up with some key rebounds in crunch time.
Badger's scrappy guard play was too quick for the Broncos. In overtime, Annie Gaugert drew a key charge, and Sproul came up with two big assists. Also, Espinosa was able to penetrate the Union Grove defense at will and get to the line.
Badger travels to Wilmot (4-0, 1-0 SLC) Thursday.
Check Wednesday's Regional News for more including comments and photos.
Faith Christian boys roll, still undefeated
WILLIAMS BAY - The Salam School, a new program to the Indian Trails Conference out of Milwaukee, paid its first visit to the Faith Christian gym Friday night.
If Salam could go back in time, it may have chosen to leave the Faith boys basketball team alone.
The Eagles enjoyed a 72-24 cupcake at home against Salam and improved to 5-0 on the young season. Faith has blown out its opponents by an average of 26 points per game.
On Friday night, the boys were once again led by Adam Montsma, who finished with 19 points.
But everyone shared the wealth. Alex Montsma added 16 points, and Ben Sass and Joe Ingersoll each tallied 14. Jake Alldredge scored nine.
Faith will look to make it 6-0 Tuesday at home against Kenosha Christian Life (1-2).
Other area scores
Brodhead 60, Big Foot 39
Elkhorn 74, Burlington 58
Westosha Central 40, Delavan-Darien 39
Wilmot 60, Waterford 45
East Troy 52, Evansville 42
Whitewater 41, Jefferson 31
Kenosha Christian Life 68, Burlington Catholic Central 59
Burlington Catholic Central 63, Kenosha Reuther 52