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Badger crushes Delavan-Darien

by Ben Stanley

February 13, 2014

The Badger girls defeated Muskego 44-33 on Feb. 4, and went on to crush Delavan-Darien on Feb. 6.

Against Delavan-Darien, two Badger girls scored double-digit points off the bench.

Brianna Flower scored 15 points and Jennifer Freeman had 13. The two girls had career best games, according to Badger head coach David Jooss.

It was that kind of game, Jooss said. Badger dominated on both sides of the ball even off the bench.

"I think, maybe (it was) the most complete game offensively and defensively," Jooss said. "The defense has been pretty consistent all year. It's been our offense that's been more up and down. This was a game where we made seven 3s, we knocked down our free throws and played well defensively, and we also rebounded well so I think we put it all together in that one, and that's why the margin of victory was the way it was."

Badger won 65-25. It was the largest margin of victory the girls have had this season. The Badgers are 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the Southern Lakes conference. Delava-Darien fell to 3-10 overall (1-7 SLC).

The girls started the game quickly and spread the ball well. Delavan-Darien couldn't answer.

"I thought the pace of the game was more our style," Jooss said. "We got the game to go a little faster, which is what we like. We like a little faster tempo. We had a lot of people score in that game and step up and hit shots, which I think made a big difference for us."

Jooss said that Thursday night's bench production wasn't a surprise — his team has great depth, which has been one of their greatest strengths all season. Different players have stepped up each game, he said, especially off the bench. The team's depth of experience has been an asset in the second half of the season, Jooss said.

"I think one thing we've done really well is just take it one game at a time, and right now, it's just Burlington," Jooss said of the Feb. 11 game against Burlington.

Please check next week's issue for coverage of the game.

"I think that's something that we really put our focus on; the next game," Jooss said. "We don't look past anybody and that helps us in our preparation."

Badger also defeated Muskego High School 44-33 in Muskego on Feb. 4.

In that game, Maria Mieres-Rey led the girls in scoring with 18 points. Lily Quinn contributed 15.

The girls pulled away in the second quarter against Muskego and went up 19-9 at halftime. Muskego mounted a fourth-quarter comeback in which they scored 19 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Badger's 20-point third-quarter lead.

The girls will host Union Grove on Friday at 7 p.m.

Union Grove is 7-9 overall (5-4 SLC).

"We have six games left," Jooss said on Monday night. "Again, there's a lot of basketball left. Six games is a lot and they're all conference games. Almost half the conference schedule has yet to be played. So it's still just one game at a time, just trying to get better. So today at practice we're just going to try to get better."