December 21, 2011 | 07:45 AMIt was a sloppy game, but when all was said and done, the Badger boys basketball team bucketed its first victory Dec. 13 at home against Delavan-Darien.
Badger improved on a one-point halftime advantage with a 19-11 third quarter and cruised to a 45-32 win.
After a loss last Thursday at Westosha Central, the local guys are now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the Southern Lakes Conference. While Coach Darin Lottig acknowledged it was nice to get a win, he said his young team (no seniors) are still very much in the learning process.
"We didn't execute as well as we wanted," Lottig said. "But in the end, we hit some free throws and got a win."
Sophomore point guard Jacob Growel knocked down six of eight free throws in the fourth quarter, which helped put the icing on the Badger victory.
Growel is the team's leading scorer at 12.5 points per contest.
On Thursday he led the way with 15 points.
Freshman Lincoln Wieseman added nine points. And Colton Andresen and Rob Slagle each added key baskets in the final frame.
The Badgers showed solid balance offensively in the third quarter. Wieseman tallied six points in the quarter, and Trent Bobula, Eric Skipper, Ian Weber and Growel all put points on the board.
For the game, Badger totaled four triples and hit 13 of 25 from the line.
While other area teams will get some well-deserved rest leading up to Christmas, Badger will have a full slate of games.
They traveled to Sussex Hamilton (2-5) Tuesday, and the boys will host defending conference champion Burlington (4-2, 4-0) Thursday.
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Lottig said the season is still a work in progress.
"Burlington has some physical, athletic guys," he said. "We will try to disrupt them as best we can. Everything must improve."
Badger will be without Skipper, a starting guard who recently suffered a concussion. Lottig said he isn't sure if there will be a definite replacement or if it will be a guard-by-committee situation.
As far as Lottig's new system, which the entire program has only had a month so far to learn, there has been progress.
"We have slow, steady progress, then a setback," Lottig said. "But in the end, the attitudes are where they need to be."
Westosha Central 55, Badger 40
PADDOCK LAKE — It was a tale of two halves Dec. 15.
The Badgers skyrocketed out of the gates, holding a 25-17 lead at the half. But then it was the Central show.
The Falcons outscored Badger 38-15 in the final 16 minutes.
"We played really well in the first half but not in the second half," Lottig said. "We came out flat in the second half and they were energized. In the first half, we were sharing the ball and hitting open shots."
Westosha reeled off a 22-5 third quarter.
Growel led Badger with 14 points, and Weber added 12. Weber canned three 3-pointers in the first quarter and had four total.
"We must be patient and learn something on every possession," Lottig said.