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January 08, 2013 | 04:32 PMAfter losing three of four games, the Badger girls basketball squad returned to the win column last Thursday at home.
Despite trailing at halftime, the local gals rebounded with a big second half to stave off Waterford, 55-43, and remain only one game behind conference-leading Wilmot.
Badger (4-4 overall, 3-1 SLC) jumped ahead of Waterford (4-2 SLC) in the standings with the pivotal victory.
"This was a big win for us," Badger coach David Jooss said.
"Waterford is a good basketball team and we had a great team effort. I liked our intensity in the second half and how we finished plays late in the game."
Badger overcame a 24-21 halftime deficit with a 13-9 third quarter, but it pulled away with a 21-10 fourth.
"Our girls did a great job of taking care of the ball and knocking down their free throws late in the game," Jooss said. "I thought we also limited Waterford to one shot in the fourth quarter as well."
The local ladies couldn't be stopped from beyond the arc, hitting nine triples as a team.
Senior Tristan Sproul led the attack with 15 points including four 3-pointers.
Karina Reeves added 14 points and hit six of nine from the foul line.
Badger travels to Delavan-Darien (0-5 SLC) Friday.
"Offensive consistency needs to continue to get better," Jooss said. "When we have difficulty scoring, we need to execute better and finish plays. Defense and rebounding are keys to every game, that is always a focus for us. I like the improvements we've made so far and how hard the team has been working."