The Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team is hitting its stride with six wins in a row. This past week, the Chargers defeated Oconomowoc on Jan. 5, 69-32, and beat Brookfield East on Jan. 8, 65-50. The win against East, a state-ranked team in Division 1, upped Hamilton's record to 10-2.
Against Oconomowoc, HHS distributed the ball well (20 assists) and didn't turn it over much (seven). HHS shot 54 percent from the floor and made 9 of 16 three-pointers (56 percent).
For Megan Schmitt, it was a game to showcase her jumper. The junior post player scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
'We just moved it really well tonight,' Schmitt said. 'We got a lot of open shots. We've been practicing running through the plays all the way through to get a really good shot instead of chucking up stuff.'
Taylor Klug had a team high 18 points and Eliana Selin contributed 11. Macy Williams and Ellie Sumiec each had 7.
'We've gotten better at being more patient and running stuff through instead of one pass and chucking it up,' HHS coach Bill Scasny said. 'We've been stressing that we've got more than one option to a play, 'Let's use all our options to see what can happen.' I think if we ever get to a final option on a play, I might faint right on the sidelines because we still haven't gotten that far.'
Hamilton scored 40 points in the second half.
'They're good shooters,' Oconomowoc coach Bob Shea said. 'They run a lot of screens and they get kids open. I said to him at the end of the game, 'You've got some nice shooters on that team.''
Against Brookfield East, Sumiec led the way with 17 points, and Klug had 15. Jordan Fierst and Schmitt each had 13.
'Jordan stepped up tonight,' Scasny said. 'Jordan didn't even score on Tuesday, and tonight, she's in double figures. The other kids now are stepping up and playing with more confidence knowing that they can do it and that's good to see. We're a better team when we have balance. Any team is.'
Hamilton sits in a three-way tie for second place in the Greater Metro Conference and is one game behind Divine Savior Holy Angels.
'I think it's a big game for us because we've lost the last three times to them,' Scasny said. 'We didn't beat them at all last year, and that cost us second place. It was a big win for us to come on their court and win this game tonight. We've got DS and Brookfield Central back-to-back in another week, so it was good to see that we could show these kids we could play and show everybody that we're better than some people might think.'
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hamilton travels to Menomonee Falls (3-8).
JV wins twice
The Hamilton junior varsity team beat Oconomowoc, 50-32, and defeated Brookfield East, 44-37. Against Oconomowoc, Taylor Hibicke helped HHS to a 17-16 halftime lead with three 3-pointers.
'We started off playing really well and then they fell into a zone, which really confused us and slowed us down for the rest of the half,' HHS coach Ben Filzen said. 'At halftime, we were able to figure things out against their zone and were able to get some baskets off of it, but we still started slow for the first 6 minutes or so. We called a timeout to run an inbounds play to get a much-needed basket and we pretty much opened the floodgates.'
Elizabeth Behrndt caught the inbounds pass and made the basket. Behrndt finished with 10 points. Hibicke had her best offensive game of the season with 22 points and shot 6 for 11 from the 3-point line.
In a physical game with East, the Chargers were led by Isabel Downs' 19 points. Hibicke had 13 points and nine rebounds. Hibicke has been a roll in the past three games with 66 points and has made 15 for 28 threes (53.6 percent).
Hamilton's defense has held opponents to 32.6 points per game through 12 contests. HHS is 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the GMC.