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A healthy 15-point halftime lead helped the Hamilton girls basketball team earn a 67-47 win over Appleton West on Dec. 29. The victory was Hamilton's eighth of the season and fourth in a row.

Macy Williams finished with 13 points and four steals.

'Macy had a real nice game,' HHS coach Bill Scasny said. 'She gave us a boost in the first half when we were struggling. She had two steals in a row that went in for layups. From that point on, we just extended the lead.'

Taylor Klug led the Chargers (8-2) with 16 points. Hamilton shot 11 for 15 (73 percent) from the free throw line. It was a nice change from Hamilton's 52 percent mark for the season.

'That was a major improvement than what we've been doing all season,' Scasny said. 'That did help.'

Jordan Fierst had a team-high eight rebounds, and Megan Schmitt pulled down six.

'Jordan does a great job of rebounding, especially on the defensive end,' Scasny said. 'Megan has been consistent all year, doing a nice job on both ends. Both of them did a nice job rebounding.'

Eliana Selin and Ellie Sumiec held West's top scorer Sarah Wiseman (12 points per game) to just 5.

'We had a good defensive performance from those two,' Scasny said.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hamilton travels to Brookfield East (8-2) for a Greater Metro Conference matchup. East has beaten Hamilton the last three games the two teams have played.

'They've played well against us, and hopefully on Friday, we can turn the tables on them,' Scasny said.

JV also beats West

The junior varsity squad defeated Appleton West on Dec. 29, 31-19. In the first six minutes, Hamilton trailed, 10-2.

'We refocused and went on a 17-2 run to end the half,' JV coach Ben Filzen said. 'Our intensity just wasn't there a whole lot in the entire game. We were able to go on that run mainly due to our press, and we knocked down some outside shots. I was pleased with our rebounding, too. We boxed out well for the most part and minimized their second-chance opportunities. Overall, I was pleased with the result, mainly holding them to only four free-throw attempts and keeping them under 20 points after giving up 10 in the first six minutes. '

Brooke Barbeau and Rachael Holle gave Hamilton good minutes. Taylor Hibicke also was impressive.

Frosh win one

On Dec. 18, the HHS freshmen girls beat Pius, 37-34. Maddie Lang led the team with 8 points, and Mykayla Pena had 7. Lauren Power and Lynsey Power each contributed 6 points.

The girls also lost to West Allis Hale, 44-22, and were defeated by Appleton West, 68-41. Lauren Power had 8 points against Hale, and Lynsey Power scored 8 against West.