Lady Badgers knock off Comets in overtime thriller
December 15, 2010 | 08:17 AM
Delavan — Last Thursday, the Badger girls basketball squad showed a never-say-die attitude.
With three players fouling out in overtime, the girls still found a way to edge the Comets, 60-57. Badger outscored Delavan 10-7 in the extra frame, including five points from sophomore Karina Reeves.
"With multiple players fouling out, others had to step up," Badger coach David Jooss said.
Senior point guard Emma Kopp led the Badgers in scoring with 21 points, including four three-pointers.
Jooss commended the play of his floor leader.
"Emma has continued to hit big shots for us," Jooss said. "She has a quick release on her threes which allows her to get off her shot against good defense. She showed great poise down the stretch."
Badger improved to 3-1 overall on the season and 1-0 in the Southern Lakes.
The girls were an impressive 14 of 19 from the foul line, including seven for eight in the fourth quarter.
Abby Ketchpaw knocked down four of four free throws in the quarter.
Down two points with 22 seconds left in regulation, Badger junior Lana Wieseman was fouled with 10 seconds left and tied the game with two free throws. Jooss said it was a very back and forth game.
Delavan-Darien senior Alana Cesarz, the reigning SLC player of the year, scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jooss said his team contained the star.
"I feel like we did a pretty good job on Cesarz despite the third quarter where she scored 12 of her 28," he said. "She is an outstanding player who is almost impossible to guard one-on-one."
Reeves finished with 15 points. Ketchpaw added 14 for the Badgers.
Wieseman, the team's leading scorer, was held to five points.
Badger returns home with an SLC tilt against Wilmot Friday.
"I think it will be a good game," Jooss said.
Muskego 60, Badger 35
On Dec. 7, the visiting Warriors jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
A 28-17 second half shut the door on the Badgers.
Wieseman paced the Lady Badgers with 14 points, including a perfect night (4-4) from the free-throw line. Kopp tallied eight points, and Reeves added six. Badger only scored in double digits in two quarters (10 both times).
"Muskego is a very well-coached team that was really athletic," Jooss said. "Their pressure made it difficult for us to get going offensively."